Mouche

by curiousmiscellany

Mouche means “fly” in French and was the name given to the artificial beauty marks crafted from chiffon, taffeta and velvet worn by the French and English bon ton of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Wearers would even tote around their beauty marks in special boxes (bôite à mouches). The facial placement of the beauty marks, in addition to hiding an unseemly blemish, served to convey secret messages…though most seem to express more or less the same sentiment.

Madame Du Barry, a courtesan of Louis XV, supposedly defined these mouche positions:

On the lip……………. Mischievous
Near the lips………… Flirtatious
Below the lip………… Discrete
Corner of the eyes….. Passionate
On the forehead…….. Dignified
On the cheek………… Amorous
On the smile line……. Playful
On the nose……….…. Impudent
Near the nose……….. Indecisive
On the chin………….. Cheerful
Above the breast……. Generous

That makes me naturally indecisive (true!), amorous and doubly flirtatious.

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