Your Guide for Beauty, Skin Care, and Natural Makeup Tips
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The Use and History of Makeup and Cosmetics
Beauty and cosmetics are not just for women and they are not new to our society. The concept of beauty has been around as long as humans have been around. What constitutes beauty has changed dramatically with time, and each society and culture has a different idea of what it is. Cosmetics are also not something that is only unique to our society or our present time. The use of cosmetics has been around since the first civilizations as well. However makeup techniques and styles have changed dramatically over the ages!
So, what are cosmetics? Cosmetics are simply products that enhance a person’s natural attributes. Their use in some form or another has been around since the time the Egyptians and probably from even before that as well. Since at least as early as 3500 BCE, the Egyptians used cosmetics to enhance their natural features and were used by both men and women. Egyptian women use kohl liner on the eyes and powder on their eyelids. Dark colors applied to the eyelids and eyelashes were believed to ward off the evil eye, so there was a spiritual side the Egyptian cosmetic. Different kinds of materials were used to create this natural makeup, such as kohl, ochre, ash and even iron and ore. Red clay was mixed with water and was used to stain the lips and cheeks. The cosmetics' use extended beyond the face, henna was used to dye the nails colors from brown to orange. Cosmetic products were also used for cleaning and deodorant. Animal or vegetable oil was mixed with perfumes or lime powder and was used for bathing. This combination, which is similar to our contemporary soap mixture, was used to help people from smelling bad.
The use of cosmetics was even mentioned in the Old Testament Bible, where Jezebel is said to be painting her eyelids. While eyeliner and eye shadow is well-known examples of cosmetics, nail polish formulas were discovered in China dating back to 3000 BCE. The color of the nail polish was used to denote the class of the individual wearing it. Certain colors could only be worn by royalty or very high-class individuals. Cosmetics continued to be important in the Greco-Roman period as well, and a famous Roman philosopher even said that “A woman without paint is like a food without salt”.
Moving forward to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, pale skin was the height of beauty. Pale skin was one of the ideal makeup techniques because only the rich, who did not have to toil in the sun, could attain a milky white complexion. But also, natural makeup was developed to enhance the porcelain complexion. Pale skin was not just the ideal for women, but for men as well, and both would use a cosmetics powder of hydroxide, carbonate, and lead oxide. Also the use of alcohol-based perfumes was also introduced, a technique that was brought to Europe from the Middle East. The fragrance from flowers and spices was mixed with the alcohol and then applied to the body, to maintain a delicious aroma. Perfume was also used by both men and women.
It wasn’t until the early twentieth century that the tanned complexion became the fashion. And at that point, cosmetics were developed to provide an artificially tanned complexion. Also, the fashion of ruby red lips and mascara, developed in the twentieth century. At this point there was a jump in the number of cosmetics brands as well, each company boasting unique features. Permanent makeup was also developed and first used at this time as well, so that the cosmetics didn’t need to be reapplied every day.
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