Shocking I know but I have a degree in history and political science. So I love learning about beauty and history…. Something ya can now comeback at any man who goes on about makeup …as ts been around for over 11000 year!!!
Men and women in Egypt use scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin and mask body odor. Cosmetics are an integral part of Egyptian hygiene and health. Oils and creams are used for protection against the hot Egyptian sun and dry winds. Myrrh, thyme, marjoram, chamomile, lavender, lily, peppermint, rosemary, cedar, rose, aloe, olive oil, sesame oil, and almond oil – odd that we right back to using these staples.
Egyptian women apply a combination of burnt almonds, oxidized copper, different-colored coppers ores, lead, ash, and ochre — together called kohl — to adorn the eyes in an almond shape. Women carry cosmetics to parties in makeup boxes and keep them under their chairs. And we still do today!
Chinese people began to stain their fingernails with gum arabic, gelatin, beeswax, and egg. The colors used represent social class: Chou dynasty royals wear gold and silver, with subsequent royals wearing black or red. Lower classes are forbidden to wear bright colors on their nails.
Grecian women paint their faces with white lead and apply crushed mulberries as rouge. The application of fake eyebrows, often made of oxen hair, is also fashionable. Think HD BROWS
Chinese and Japanese citizens commonly use rice powder to make their faces white.And we now dip ourselves in organic vegetable dye to be tan! Eyebrows are shaved off, teeth painted gold or black and henna dyes applied to stain hair and faces.
Grecians whiten their complexion with chalk or lead face powder and fashion crude lipstick out of ochre clays laced with red iron.
In Rome, people put barley flour and butter on their pimples and sheep fat and blood on their fingernails for polish. In addition, mud baths come into vogue, and some Roman men dye their hair blond.
Henna is used in India as a hair dye and in mehndi, an art form in which complex designs are painted on to the hands and feet.
COSMETICS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
As a result of the Crusades, perfumes are first imported to Europe from the Middle East.
In Elizabethan England, dyed red hair comes into fashion. Society women wear egg whites – yes egg whites which is a great facial mask -over their faces to create the appearance of a paler complexion. Yet, some thought cosmetics blocked proper circulation and therefore posed a health threat. Imagine??? They later arsenic and lead instead lol!
European women often attempt to lighten their skin using a variety of products, including white lead paint. Queen Elizabeth I of England was one well-known user of white lead, with which she created a look known as “the Mask of Youth.” Blonde hair rises in popularity as it is considered angelic. Mixtures of black sulphur, alum, and honey were painted onto the hair and left to work in the sun. OUCHHHH
19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY COSMETICS
Zinc oxide becomes widely used as a facial powder, replacing the previously used deadly mixtures of lead and copper. One such mixture, Ceruse, made from white lead, is later discovered to be toxic and blamed for physical problems including facial tremors, muscle paralysis, and even death. HEY beauty kills!!!
Queen Victoria publicly declares makeup improper. It is viewed as vulgar and acceptable only for use by actors.
How’s that for a history lesson!!