Makeup has evolved throughout history and has been used by different cultures and civilizations for various reasons. Here is a brief summary of the evolution of makeup over time:
The Egyptians used makeup for aesthetic and religious purposes. They used kohl (a mixture of galena powder and lead) to darken the eyes and make them look larger and more dramatic. They also used natural pigments to paint their lips and cheeks.
Ancient Greece and Rome:
In Ancient Greece and Rome, makeup was used mainly by stage actors and actresses. They used natural pigments to create different effects on stage, such as creating shadows and contrasts.
During the Middle Ages, makeup was seen as immoral and was banned in many European societies. However, in some societies, women used natural pigments to color their cheeks and lips.
During the Renaissance, makeup came back into fashion. Women used natural pigments to enhance their facial features and create a pale complexion. The use of rice powder was also popularized to give the skin a smooth and blemish-free appearance.
18th and 19th century:
In the 18th and 19th century, makeup became an integral part of women’s fashion. Women used powders and creams to whiten their skin, as well as to highlight their cheeks and lips. Also popular was the use of “white paint”, a mixture of lead and vinegar, which was applied to the face to create a pale and sickly appearance.
In the 20th century, makeup became a multi-billion dollar industry. Advances in technology and science have allowed the creation of new makeup products and formulas, such as long-lasting and waterproof cosmetics. The use of makeup for men was also popularized.
In short, makeup has evolved from a practice used primarily for aesthetic and religious reasons to a multi-billion dollar industry encompassing a wide variety of products and techniques.