7 Things You Should Know about The History of Cosmetics

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When women are putting on their makeup in the morning, they usually do not think about history and facts. However, learning about makeup makes the beauty routine a bit more interesting. When you learn about the history of makeup, you will be very grateful that your cosmetics are made from non-toxic materials. Here is a short list of important historical facts from the world of beauty:

1. ANCIENT EGYPTIANS

The Ancient Egyptians were some of the first people to use cosmetics. Beautiful Cleopatra is proof! Historians believe that the Egyptians were using Kohl – which is made from sheep fat, powdered lead and soot – as early as 4,000 BC. Interestingly, the Ancient Egyptians were so concerned about beauty that they took baths in milk and honey to moisturize their skin.

2. ROMANS & GREEKS

In approximately 100 AD, Romans got involved in the world of beauty. They used wine to stain their cheeks. They also used chalk to make their bodies look white.

The Romans disliked acne, so they treated it with butter and barley flour. Many Romans used hair dye, but it was made with lye so many people lost their hair and had to wear wigs. While the Romans were battling hair loss, the Greeks were using vermillion and berries to color their cheeks and lips as well as using incense as a makeshift mascara.

3. THE MIDDLE AGES

It is fun to see how trends have changed throughout history. In the Middle Ages, pale skin was the range. Women were painted or bled so they could achieve the highly coveted pale look.

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Interestingly, bright colors like blue and green were popular eyeshadow colors and many women were tattooed, too.

4. THE 15TH-16TH CENTURIES

Royals were the only people who wore cosmetics, because they were the only ones who could afford them. Many men and women would use a white powder to achieve the pale look. Sadly, the royals did not know how dangerous their cosmetics were; many of them contained lead, hydroxide, and carbonate. When the people of the Renaissance covered themselves in these toxic cosmetics, many of them suffered from paralysis and some even died!….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE