The History of Cosmetics
Written By: Lyndsay Michelle
With a handle on the word itself, let’s bring into perspective just how long ago cosmetic tools and products were first used.Want to take a guess at the first period in time where evidence of the use of makeup and application tools were used? Well, if you said the Ice Ages you were right on the money! It's quite mind-blowing knowing that people alive 11,500 years ago were using shaped flints, oyster shells and bone to apply colors found in berries, tree bark, minerals, insects, nuts, herbs, and leaves. These products were also known to have been used for tattooing as well. A modern day approach on the practices of the Ice Age would be Stila's Lip Enamel in euphoria berry.
During the Golden Age of Greece, people would apply white lead to their faces as a form of foundation. They also used kohl on their eyes and vermilion on their cheeks and lips. A fun fact about this practice is: the border of your lip - where it meets your skin is called a vermilionborder. Furthermore, the Greeks would also grind cinnabar and mix it with ointments. Most of the products the Greeks were using are known today as TOXIC. Ironically, Grecian vanity was taking the lives of their people. Avoid death by vanity by using a modest and appropriate color matched foundation such as Magic Wand Foundation by Too Faced.
During the Middle Ages, 500 A.D., women would use colorful eye makeup to highlight the windows of their souls. This tradition was nixed during the Renaissance, beginning in 1837, as the women would shave their eye brows and hair lines to enlarge the appearance of their heads. This practice was thought to make them look more intelligent. The era spawned the first noted eyebrow beautification practices. At least, the over plucked eyebrows of today are a dying trend. Try the all-in-one brow kits by Anastasia, I recommend that all my lady friends have it, Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes.
The Nineteenth Century was breeding barbers who performed minor surgeries, haircutting, and dentistry. Think back to the classic barber's pole and its significant symbolism; a patient would grip the pole while undergoing a surgical procedure because it encouraged blood flow.
Max Factor and Vidal Sassoon, made history with the inventions of stage/movie makeup and the geometric haircuts that we see today.
Now that our trip down memory lane is complete, I only ask one thing of you in return; share with us your makeup history and treat yourself to one or more of the products I recommend.
Shop the Recommended Products:
1. Lip Enamel 2. Hair Perfume 3. Especially Escada Delicate Notes Eau de Toilette Spray 4.Magic Wand Foundation 5. Fanci-Full Temporary Color Rinse 6. Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes
To learn more about "The History of Cosmetics", take a dive into the pages of Gabriela Hernandez's: Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup