Watch This Woman Capture 100 Years of Russian Beauty in One Minute

It's a stunning 60-second history lesson.

Hair, Ear, Nose, Mouth, Lip, Cheek, Hairstyle, Chin, Forehead, Eyelash,
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While all the episodes in Cut Video's "100 Years of Beauty" series are mesmerizing, their latest feature on Russia is particularly fascinating. It's like a beauty tour of the country's convoluted history—the trends at the beginning of the century are very traditionally feminine, but once the Stalinist era comes around, the look becomes more austere and minimalistic as the ideal of beauty becomes more about work productivity than sexual attraction.

The thaw of the '60s to '80s is reflected in the bold makeup and even bolder hairstyles that seek to emulate the West, as anything American was considered automatically cool in the cloistered country. And the beauty trend now is...well, let's just say it's kind of revolutionary.

Check it out here:

Diana Bruk
Viral Content Editor

My writing has regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more publications. I was previously the Senior News Editor at Best Life Online and the Viral Content Editor in the Newsroom of Hearst Digital Media. My portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes personal essays, lifestyle articles, breaking news posts, and viral content. My areas of expertise, however, are Russia, sex and relationships, and mental wellness.