The Medieval period began after the fall of Rome in the 600's A.D. and therefore came to be known as the "Dark Ages." It was a time where theater bloomed into and centered on Christian ceremonies. This was known as liturgical drama preformed within the church liturgy. As a result, alter boys became became the central actors, In the 12th century, Europeans began using other cultures into the theater, something which was new to them.
The Renaissance period began in the 16th century. Many different types of Renaissance theatre were developed after the merge of different cultures from the Medieval period. Spanish, French, English, German, and Italian Renaissance theatre quickly emerged and was very influential to society.
In the Medieval period, both men and women wore their hair in loose, long curls. The longer the hair was, the higher social class you belonged to. A women often shaved off the hair on top of their forehead to give themselves a higher hairline. Foreheads were often decorated with pearls and stones or they sometimes wore hair nets.
In the Renaissance, women teezed their hair in the front to give the illusion of a higher forehead, which described their "high" social ranking in society. The hairline was usually covered with low caps and jeweled turbans. They sometimes bleached their hair with saffron or onion skins! Men's hair fell to the bottom of their neck and was parted in the middle.
Veins in the face were extremely popular and seen as a beautiful treasure . At times, people would draw veins on their faces over heavy white powder made of egg fiber. Also, blush was commonly excessively used everyday.
Men in both periods wore boots that were ankle-length and were sustainable to any weather.They preferred to keep their feet covered.
Women's shoes usually consisted of flats. However, upper class women wore high heeled shoes more often, especially on special occasions that was inspired by the famous "Bloody Mary," who started the trend.
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