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4 Women in History Who Inspire Us

March 06, 2020 3 min read

March is Women’s History Month and we’re celebrating the women who made revolutionary strides in science, literature, art and social justice. 

We created Subtl Beauty for today’s version of these women; women who are out there leading the boardroom, discovering new technologies, and creating masterpieces; in order to help them spend less time getting ready for their day, and more time winning their day. 

So with this post, we decided to imagine what the modern-day version of these historic women would be like, and of course, what Subtl shade they may be wearing –

Marie Curie

an illustration of what Marie Curie would look like today

Achievements: Marie was a fearless physicist and chemist who helped discover polonium and radium, which are used in X-Ray machines. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize. 

She said…

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

She’s wearing: The Dusty Rose Lip Cheek. The modern-day Marie probably spends most of her time working in a windowless lab or classroom. A subtle rosy tint perfectly highlights her fair complexion. 

Maya Angelou

An illustration of what Maya Angelou would look like today.

Achievements: Maya’s list of lifetime accomplishments goes on for days. On top of being the first African American woman to write a best-selling nonfiction novel, she was a poet, actress, screenwriter, and civil rights activist. 

She said... 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”


She’s wearing: The Champagne Highlighter. The modern-day Maya is busy balancing writing projects and growing her creative network. You’ll find her typing up the next work of literary genius at the local coffee shop. Her highlighter is glowing almost as bright as her creativity.  

Frida Kahlo

An illustration of what Frida Kahlo would look like today.

Achievements: Frida was a rebellious artist and political activist who is best known for her colorful self-portraits. Despite a series of unfortunate events in life, including being hit by a bus, she went on to become one of the world’s most renowned females artists. She lives on as a symbol of feminism, cultural identity, and perseverance. 

She said...

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

She’s wearing: The Plum Lip Cheek. The modern-day Frida turns her pain into art and pushes her limits at every turn. You’ll find her painting in the park with a smile on her face. A pop of color on her lips makes her feel like a work of art. 

Harriet Tubman 

An illustration of what Harriet Tubman would look like today.

Achievements: Harriet spent her entire life fighting for justice. After escaping slavery, she dedicated herself to helping others gain freedom through the Underground Railroad. She bravely supported the Union Army during the Civil War and went on to help other freed slaves to start new lives.

She said... 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”


She’s wearing: The Cream Concealer. The modern-day Harriet spends her time spearheading the social justice movement. Most days she goes makeup-free, but when she can spare a minute, she throws on a bit of concealer because nothing is going to slow her down. 

We are inspired by these women and their stories. It seems like we are under more and more pressure these days to look perfect, which is unfair and frankly, frustrating. 

We like to think that what we are building here at Subtl, helps remove some of these pressures and make it easier to look and feel effortlessly confident, so you can spend more time doing what you love.

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