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Woman And Her Makeup Across Generations

Woman And Her Makeup Across The Ages

How did we as a people get to the point where we invest billions of dollars annually on cosmetics and it turned into the societal norm for women to use cosmetics every day? Assuredly a woman way back in history did not wake up one day and decide to apply lashes, lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, and rouge all at one time. It had been, like many things, a culmination of happenings out of previous times.

The Egyptians

The Egyptians were the first to use cosmetics. That was four thousand decades ago. Hygiene and looks were horribly serious to the people of Egypt. Egyptians had the belief that the look had a juncture with the soul’s constitution. They attempted to appear neat and smell nice, with a society that appreciates their appearance, you are invariably going to get people who will try to stand out. Cosmetics were, being the culture used by the Egyptians for reasons that were more economical than attempting to seem great.

Mesdemet was the most original kind of eyeshadow- a blend of copper and lead ore. The colors they thought would ward off evil eyes from their own. It was a great cleaner and bug deterrent. Kohl was a material that was put on around the eyes in an oval form. Kohl was a combination of ochre, ash, lead, copper, and burnt almonds. Egyptians would apply a combination of water and reddish clay to the cheek region, to enhance their appearance. They would also paint their nails colors of orange and yellow with a compound called henna.

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Spreading The Art

The Greeks adopted the craft of makeup from the Egyptians as different groups of individuals started to interact with one another. They would color themselves a pale hue with a base that had lead inside. This was lethal. Since the Romans started to pick up the cosmetic habits, the pursuit of beauty became less about practicality and turned to more unusual routes. The Romans would adorn their nails with a combination of sheep blood and cooked body fat. An early Roman citizen said a woman without paint is like food without salt.

Woman And Her Journey

A pale face was the style around the world after the Egyptian empire vanished. Women of the low-class who had to work with their husbands in the sunlight daily had dark sun-dried skin. The top echelon ladies did not have to endure manual labor like that, therefore, they had light complexions from being able to stay under the roof.

If they had enough wealth there were not bound to labor because success was often measured by an individual’s white skin tone. Therefore it was important for a few members of society to have a white complexion. To get this look, ladies (and guys too) would utilize a combination of hydroxide, lead oxide, and carbonate in a powder form to paint their faces and bodies. Sadly, this leads to a sometimes fatal side effect, lead poisoning. To cure this issue, chemists from the nineteenth century, at last, found a combination of nitric oxide which made the skin able to breathe and kept people from that bothersome lead poisoning disease. It was so effective that it is still practiced today by cosmetics makers.

Keeping Up Appearances

Urban girls with disposable wealth from the Edwardian era of London held extravagant and glamorous parties. For them, it had been essential as hostesses of the party to be the most attractive woman at the event. It was significant for them to appear the cutest that they can. Smoggy air produced by the cities at that time, bad diets, and little or no exercise aged the women quickly.

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The use of face lotions and anti-aging creams were used by women to help conceal their imperfections. Routine ventures to the salon were also a part of the day. It was a bit different in the past than it is today. As they moved in, ladies would slip in the rear of the salons and hide their faces. One of the most well-known was the House of Cyclax, which would sell blushes and creams to ladies. Mrs. Henning, the owner, sold lots of products to her frantic customers who did not want everybody to know that they were getting old.

The modern day woman is the benefactor of decades of errors with a virtually infinite option of beauty products for any look they want to get. There are hundreds and hundreds of cosmetics producers who produce goods in this current billion dollar per year market. Beauty products sell all year and even in times of recession. So ladies, thank your ancestors and their obsession for their personal looks and inspiring the look you have nowadays. There were likely mornings when they woke up and didn’t feel like going through the trouble of “putting” on makeup.


The information in this guide is for educational purposes only and isn’t intended as medical advice.
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Karen Steele

Hi, My name is Karen I was born in Louisville, Kentucky. I had a tough childhood with the passing of my mother and the only way I could cope with the pain was through makeup and beauty and writing to express the feelings that I kept bottled inside, I am a self-taught makeup artist and blogger for the last 7 years and I am here to share my experience and advice with you.

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