Throughout history women have been concerned about their appearances. They have gone through many, some dangerous, transformations in their quest to look beautiful.
The earliest recorded use of make up was in the 1st Dynasty of Egypt when unguent, which has been found in tombs from this era, was used extensively by both men and women to keep their skin soft and to prevent dryness. Kohl (soot) was applied to the eyelashes and to color to the lids.
References are made in the New Testament of the Bible to Jewish women and some men painting their faces.
Fashions throughout the centuries have changed drastically
In Europe in the middle ages it was fashionable to have a very pale face as this was thought to signify wealth. Eyelashes and lids were painted with kohl whilst chalk and white lead were used to whiten the skin. Henna was used and still is for coloring the hair.
During the 18th century the wearing of rouge and red lipstick became fashionable. Many men at this time also used rouge to highlight their complexion.
It is interesting to note that women during these times continually used lead and mercury based make up in an effort to make themselves more attractive even though it was known that these products could be and often were lethal.
However, the Victorian age brought about a change of attitude towards makeup with their prim and properness although it did not stop women using home made recipes for face masks and cleansing.
In the early 20th century women began to coat their eyelashes with petroleum jelly or hot beads of wax. Mascara as we know it was first created by Maybeline, and Max Factor introduced his ‘pancake’ make up, a thick variation of foundation base used by models in the 60’s.
As time passed the attitude to wearing make up has changed. It is now the norm to wear full facial makeup every day although there are very strict governing safety rules for the manufacturing bodies.
In todays world anything goes as far as fashion trends. Today’s make up is totally brilliant. If you wake up in the morning looking like death a few dabs with a make up brush can transform you and give you the confidence to face the world knowing you look your best
There are very few natural beauties in the world so don’t be afraid of resorting to make up to get that dewy look.
Even Cleopatra used make up to entice her man (actually her brother) to bed.