The History of Makeup

The History of Makeup

As many of us rush to get ready in the morning, we usually don't give our mascara or blush a second thought. However, makeup has been around for at least 6,000 years and has played a role in nearly every society. Check out where makeup started, and how it got to where it is today.

Ancient Egyptians use Unguent to keep their skin hydrated, supple, and wrinkle-free. Women apply dark green color to the under lid. They blacken the lashes and the upper lip with kohl, which is sometimes made from soot.

Persian women use henna dyes to stain their hair and faces.

1st century
Romans use kohl, rouge, and chalk to whiten their skin.

6th century
Women who desire pale skin begin to bleed themselves. Spanish prostitutes wear pink makeup.

Rich women begin to wear Aqua Toffana, a face powder made with arsenic, which leads to the deaths of some husbands.

late 1700s
Rouge, lipstick, and eyebrow and hair dyeing become popular. Most makeup recipes involve herbs and other plants. Some include lead and mercury. Consequently, some women ruin their skin and experience hair loss, stomach problems, the shakes, and even die.

Victorian women pluck their eyebrows, massage castor oil into their eyelashes, use rice powder on their face, and buff their nails. They use clear pomade on their lip & red beet juice on their cheeks.

Rimmel creates the first non-toxic mascara.

The first pressed powders are introduced and include a mirror and puff for touch-ups. Pressed blush is invented soon after.

Vogue features Turkish women using henna to outline their eyes. Max Factor starts selling make-up to movie stars.

Max Factor introduces lip gloss. The first eyelash curler, Kurlash, is invented. Mascara in cake & cream forms become popular.

Movie star Audrey Hepburn popularizes outline cat eyes.

Eye shadows and lined eyes are still popular. Meanwhile the Feminist movement takes on the cosmetics industry.

Cosmetics begin to combat wrinkles and cellulite.

Botox injections become a popular anti-aging technique.

The History of Makeup

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Makeup has been around for nearly 6,000 years and played an important role in nearly all cultures. From the ancient Egyptian women who used kohl to blacken their lashes and upper lid to the modern da...
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