Make-up is a strange and beautiful thing. Although not really "necessary," it's something that helps many people feel more confident. You might think that make-up is a fairly new product, something we have time for now, but certainly people in old times have not dealt with this gimmick. But really makeup comes from ancient times and has a very rich history. For example, in ancient Egypt, makeup pots were found to be the most modest graves because the Egyptians believed they would need them in their afterlife. Let's take a look at some of the first make-up products that people have used.
Perfume is something special these days, but in Egypt in 10,000 BC. For hygiene reasons, women used scented oils and creams to soften their skin and protect them from the harsh sun and dry winds. Lilies, peppermint, lavender, rose and myrrh oils were also an important part of religious rituals. It really looks like a perfume has played an important role in the life of the Egyptians.
How was life before Urban Decay's Naked Palettes and Too Faced Cosmetics? Well, it was pretty colorful. In ancient times, the Egyptians used malachite powder on their eyelids. They grind this green mineral and stick it to the eye area with oils or animal fats. It was essentially the first type of eye shadow. Some studies indicate that malachite powder is also a good way to protect the eye from various infections, so the first eye shadow was not only pretty, it also served a medical purpose.
Galena powder, better known today as cabbage, was often used around the eyes in ancient times. This famous Egyptian eyeliner was often made with roasted almonds. And again, it was not for decoration purposes, Galena powder was a great way to protect the soft skin from the harsh sun.
Eyebrows are pretty important these days and we all strive to keep them running all the time. But remember how we cut hell out of them in the '90s. Well, it turns out that this is hardly new. In ancient Greece, women used ox hair to make false eyebrows, and Unibrow was also a trend, so both men and women used dark powder to draw on a unibrow. In Japan and China, however, it was common to completely shave her eyebrows.