Cosmetics, also known as make-up, are substances or products used to enhance the appearance or fragrance of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use of applying to the face and hair.
In the 21st century, women generally use more cosmetics than men. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds; some being derived from natural sources, and some being synthetics.
Cosmetics are intended to be applied externally. A subset of cosmetics is called “make-up”, refers primarily to products containing color pigments that are intended to alter the user’s appearance. Manufacturers may distinguish between “decorative” and “care” cosmetics.
Common cosmetics include lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, foundation, rouge, skin cleansers and skin lotions, shampoo, hairstyling products (gel, hair spray, etc.), perfume and cologne.
Did you know that in Ancient Greece, women used ingredients such as fruit, plants, burnt cork and soot as makeup? Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes.
In the following video from makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, you’ll learn about the history of cosmetics. Eldridge takes us all the way back to ancient Egypt and highlights the best and worst moments of makeup throughout history.
It really is a fascinating look at how something that’s a daily part of all our lives has evolved and what has stayed the same.
What do you think of the history of makeup and how it has changed over time? Would you crush gemstones and apply them to your face? Use the comments section below and share your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!
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