Archaeologists have found evidence of cosmetics or makeup being used in Egypt dating back as far as the fourth millennium BC.Civilizations have used forms of cosmetics for centuries in religious rituals, to enhance beauty, and to promote good health. Cosmetics are an integral part of Egyptian hygiene and health.The world’s first EVER cosmetics were created from copper and lead ore by ancient Egyptians.Over the centuries, women used burnt matches to darken their eyes, berries to stain their lips and young boys’ urine to fade their freckles.The Egyptians used henna to stain their fingernails.
The Chinese found ways to use gum arabic, egg whites, gelatin, and bees wax to create varnishes and lacquers for the nails back in 3000 BC.
Chinese and Japanese citizens commonly use rice powder to make their faces white in 1500 BC.
Around 100 A.D., the Romans stayed beautiful by using wine as a cheek stain and painted their faces and bodies with chalk to achieve a pale, whitish look.The Greeks stained their cheeks and lips using vermillion and the juice from berries.
Ground fish scales has been used for years in the western societies to add shimmer to lipsticks and eye shadows.
European women often attempt to lighten their skin using a variety of products, including white lead paint.
During Victorian times (1800 AD), upper class society women did not wear any makeup. This was because make up only befitted stage actresses, working class women and prostitutes!
Rosewater was invented by Ibn Sina, an Arab who extracted floral attar with steam.
The modern notion of complex scent-making evolves in France.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of using toxic and deadly mixtures to enhance our looks.During the 1900s, the commercial cosmetics industry began to grow substantially.
Today’s multibillion dollar cosmetic industry must meet strict government regulations about what it can and cannot include in products and must follow safe manufacturing guidelines.
Max Factor is often called the father of modern makeup.While Max Factor and Estée Lauder are two of the best known American cosmetic companies, the biggest in the world in headquartered in Clichy, France. L’Oréal was founded in 1907 by French chemist Eugène Schueller, who developed a hair-color formula.
Although cosmetics have changed drastically throughout the course of history, the goal to look our best remains the same.