24 Things About Makeup That You Didn’t Know… You REALLY Don’t Want To Know About #9.
Women today spend a lot of money on makeup to feel beautiful. Cosmetic companies are a multi-billion dollar industry promising results to look younger, attractive, and confident. Some practices like waxing, contouring, and even growing eyelashes seems that we are going too far to achieve unrealistic results.
This need to transform oneself with potions and powders goes back to the beginning of mankind. Every culture and society has had their own definition of beauty and their methods to achieve them. Here's a list of things people have done past and present to look their best.
#1. Makeup is mentioned in the Old Testament: Jezebel is described as painting her eyelids while the book of Esther lists beauty treatments.
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#2. The lighter the skin tone, the more attractive women were perceived in ancient Rome. A paste of chalk powder, crocodile dung, and white lead was applied to the skin.
#3. Men and women in ancient Egypt wore eye makeup. Kohl made from lead was used for eyeliner. The application was not just for aesthetics: it protected the eyes from the glare of the sun and eye infections.
#4. Egypt's queen Cleopatra was known for her beauty during her reign in 51 – 12 August 30 B.C. She used methods that are still in use today: she bathed in honey and milk, dyed her hair with henna, and exfoliated with sea salts and olive oil.
#5. Geishas achieved their pale look during the Heian era by mixing rice powder and water. The women removed their eyebrows, instead, pencilling them in black paint.
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