Makeup has long history

Makeup has been around for thousands of years, including back to the people of Egypt 7,000 years ago where we get our first look at cosmetics. 

Makeup in Egypt served as a marker of wealth, which a bunch of gods found very appealing.  Eyeliner became very popular amongst both men and women as early as 4,000 BCE.  Egyptians would use coal,  rouge and white powders to lighten their skin, and a bright green mineral called malachite was used as an eyeshadow. That nice green color was very popular back then. Another thing they used was the bluish, black mineral galena, which they used to protect their eyes from the sun.  Even the goddess Cleoptra would make this very beautiful red for her lips, which she created from flowers, red ochre, fish scales, crushed ants, carmine and beeswax. 

Makeup has been mentioned in the Bible a couple times going back to the book of Jeremiah. The prophet Jeremiah ministered from 627 BCE and 586 BCE and argued against makeup and when he said, “And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in crimson, that you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.” Clearly some people agreed with makeup and some people not so much.  

 Now let’s take it back to the renaissance era. In this era, a lot of people dyed their hair and wore makeup and would even lighten their skin, which led to using other toxic chemicals that were so bad for the skin. 

In the 19th century Queen Victoria highly rejected makeup, calling it very “vulgar,” so makeup in her day had run out of fashion, though there were a lot of women who wore  makeup secretly and never gave up on makeup and continued to wear it. 

In the roaring ’20s, makeup made a big comeback with red lipstick and black eyeliner and more.

Now that makeup has been very modernized and very popular, there are a lot of people who have been very creative with it. A bunch of influencers and celebrities have come out with makeup products that everyone loves, not only for sex appeal but just to make makeup wearers feel loved and confident.

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