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Beliefs about the origin of makeup

Just a look at the history of makeup:

Most historians believe that makeup originated in the Middle East. But, when you look at the Old Testament and other historical documents, you will find that there was a mention of cosmetics in it also. It is known that Egyptian men and women used lip ointments and henna which was used to color their nails. They even used blue paint on their veins and liquid gold color on their nipples. They even used green eye shadows to their top and bottom eyelids.

Usually the cosmetics of those times were made by mixing black oxide, carbon and other substances having toxic properties so as to get a dark gothic look. Ofcourse, none can deny that all ancient cultures in the world shows evidence of makeup as it was considered as hygienic and healthy. The archeological evidence shows that makeup used in Egyptian burial ceremonies in even back to 10,000B.C.

Makeup during middle Ages:

During the middle ages, you don't find much mention about cosmetics being used, except that you find some women who used egg whites onto their face to get white complexion.

Origin of makeup in Europe:

It was two centuries after the middle ages that the real origin of makeup took place in Europe and it was particularly in France and Italy. During that time, the products which were made was from flowers, fruits, roots and tree barks. Slowly, by 1800s, the method of making cosmetics developed more deeply in France.

Red color was introduced as part of makeup and so tinted red cheeks and red lips became a common sight among women as it was considered as a sign of health and beauty. It is believed that the first beauty salon came into existence as early as late 19 th century.

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