If you think our ancestors had no idea about makeup and beauty products than you are absolutely wrong. The use of makeup and beauty products can possibly be traced all the way back to the Stone Age, some 100,000 years ago, where evidence of red pigments that have been found that are believed to have been used in a primitive makeup. Though no one can be sure that those Stone Age pigments were used on the body, we can be confident that makeup was surely used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Most girls I know wear makeup of some sort on a daily basis. Even if you’re “low maintenance,” you believably own more than a few products. Of course, we’re lucky we live in this modern era, because women of the past surely had a strange experience with their cosmetics. Please be seated for a little history lesson, and learn just how important makeup really is.
Askiguru has discovered 10 Cool Makeup History Facts You’ll Want To Know:
1.Use Of Belladonna
Roman women used belladonna drops to make their pupils look larger and sexier. Of course, belladonna is a poison so this practice didn’t last too long.
2.Use Of Scented oils
As early as 10,000 BC people in Egypt were using scented oils to clean and maintain their skin, as well as prevent body smell and protect themselves from sun and wind. They used oils such as: Lavender, chamomile, lilly, rosemary, rose, almond oil, myrrh, thyme, and peppermint.
During the Middle Ages, women in Europe made lip balms by melting beeswax and oil together, which is not too frightfully different from the Burt's Bee's lip balm we use today.
4.Use Of Lead For Lighten Skin
In addition to chalk and rice powder, Earlier women sometimes used white lead mixed with vinegar to lighten their skin. The makeup would cause eyes to swell and become inflamed, as well as change the color of skin and sometimes even burn their skin.
5.The Ancient Egyptians Used Kohl For Eye Makeup
The ancient Egyptians used kohl, which was made with sheep fat, lead and ash, to decorate their eyes. The use of eye makeup in Egypt had practical perks and religious insignificance, as well as being just a cosmetic. The darkened eyes were believed to ward off evil spirits, but they also helped to prevent the blaze from bright Egyptian sun and stop dust and bacteria from getting into the eyes.
6.Use Of Leeches
Another way to keep your skin looking super-pale? LEECHES. Women were “bled” with leeches to keep their skin pale. That’s horrifying. Isn’t it?
7.Lipstick Were Powerful
Women in the Elizabethan era resorted to brainsick methods to look beautiful, from shaving their foreheads to using arsenic and lead to keep their skin looking super-pale. They also believed lipstick had magical powers, and Queen Elizabeth was wearing lipstick when she died. Lipstick was developed in late 40s by a woman named Hazel Bishop.
More women began to shave their underarm hair after seeing a model with shaved armpits in a fashion ad in 1915.
9.The Elizabethans Use Tar As Makeup
The Elizabethans used tar for makeup. They used the sticky black tar as their equal of eyebrow pencils, eyeliner and mascara. The trouble with it was that tar smells terrible, it’s a sticky mess to try and get off again and it is highly flammable. Tar is also very toxic; it was known to cause blindness too.
10.Nail Polish Consisted Of Sheep's Blood
Ancient Roman nail polish consisted of sheep's blood and fat, giving them a bright red nail. Let's all say a little prayer of thanks to Revlon for becoming the first modern nail polish company in 1932, in reality inspired by the finish on car paint.
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