Beauty Mark Detail
A beauty mark or beauty spot is a euphemism for a type of dark facial mole, so named because such birthmarks are sometimes considered an attractive feature. Medically, such "beauty marks" are generally melanocytic nevus, more specifically the compound variant. Moles of this type may also be located elsewhere on the body, and may also be considered beauty marks if located on the shoulder, neck or breast.
False beauty marks are sometimes applied to the face as a form of make-up. Beauty marks were particularly highly regarded during the eighteenth century and creating false ones became common, often in fanciful shapes such as hearts or stars. They could be purchased as silk or velvet patches known as "mouches" (flies).
In the twentieth century Marilyn Monroe's beauty mark generated a new vogue. Musician Prince is iconic for several of his beauty marks. Fashion model Cindy Crawford's prominent mole helped revive the fashion. Some celebrities who have beauty marks include Madonna below her right nostril, Tina Louise on her cheek, Sheryl Crow on her chin, Mel B on her chin, Blake Lively on her cheek, Taylor Swift on her neck, Britney Spears on her neck, Lindsay Lohan on the right side of her upper lip, Marion Cotillard on her forehead and Kate Upton below her right nostril.