Sixty-five years after her death, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo continues to fascinate with her introspective self-portraits, brought to life with a charisma that was haunted by chronic pain (the result of a bus accident when she was 18 years old) and an insatiable appetite for romance. She is considered one the of the greatest artists of all time, not only for the paintings she created but for her feminist spirit which trickled down to everyone who knew her or of her.
And then there was her complicated relationship with beauty. At the time, Frida was never considered a great beauty, and yet beauty is something she has become known for. “Her light-tan face was not pretty, perhaps, by established norms, but she possessed – and even radiated – a strange and alluring beauty,” wrote Olga Campos after interviewing Frida Kahlo in 1949. Despite being insecure about many of her features – from her crooked teeth to her moustache – Frida chose to play on her idiosyncrasies rather than hiding them, enhancing her teeth with diamond dentures and exaggerating her facial hair in her paintings. On what would be her 112th birthday, we’ve rounded up six of Frida’s unique beauty philosophies and rituals.