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Aztec Women Hairstyles

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Aztec women hairstyles and makeup fashion. The text in the image is pretty self explanatory, but feel free to ask questions. 

I should mention makeup was frowned upon in Aztec society, but some people applied it. And this is more likely what the noblewomen wore, commoners probably looked more like the women without the yellow paint applied. This information comes from the Sahagun’s Florentine Codex and Clavigero’s History of Mexico. 
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DeeitzaNew Deviant

This work is incredible thank you! I've been looking for more visual representations of mayan/aztec culture. My family is from Central America so I've been doing my best to understand where our line would have come from

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The red teeth dye reminds me of the practice of blackening teeth in order to preserve them. Did dying them red provide any benefits like that or was it purely cosmetic?

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Our body is a complex machine. Excessive and gratuitous use cosmetics may cause an imbalance in the natural development of human skin cells. Try https://stylishie.com/how-to-look-beautiful-without-makeup/ to look for natural alternatives to makeup tools.

NintendoPonyAddict's avatar
I know traditionally, Indian (from India) women dyed their teeth red.
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
nice.
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InoeOrihimeHobbyist Digital Artist
excellent work as always : ) I have a question, with hairstyles like the Axtlacuilli would they have used a blunt needle and thread to bind the "braids" to the top of the head or did they have an equivalent to bobby pins? :0
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Good question. I've been trying to figure this out myself actually.
hdy9108's avatar
Hello sir, I need to design many of Aztec people. I was looking for historically correct one.  Your drawings are all strongly based on truth? or made up that looks believable?
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
They are based on sources of their time.
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
It's accurate. Taken straight from codices and descriptions.
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Aztecatl13Student Writer
I love this. you're awesome :D 
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Sir-Aedan-McCromlechHobbyist General Artist
wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!
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TheSax66Professional Digital Artist
Whats the evidence for the golden dye?
Kamazotz's avatar
KamazotzProfessional General Artist
 Francesco Saverio Clavigero in the History of Mexico
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TheSax66Professional Digital Artist
Hey man, do you have any specific page I can look at?
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Vol. 2

page 263
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TheSax66Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheSax66Professional Digital Artist
Nvm.
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SprinkalKatStudent Digital Artist
Great peice! It's nice to see the different cosmetics and hairstyles Aztec women wore.
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Thanks yea they had interesting aesthetics.
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JesterOfDestinyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Why was makeup frowned upon? And if it was, why did people still wear it?
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Good question, another societal contradiction I suppose much like many of todays societies. The reason why it was frowned upon was because they favored natural beauty above all, and too much makeup was seen as something shallow people did or women given to pleasure (prostitutes). That didn't stop noblewomen from adopting this style though. In a contradictory fashion noblewomen who adorned themselves with makeup were praised as beautiful.
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