25 May 2009

What makeup do you JUST have to have?

THANK YOU early Egyptians.

The history of makeup dates back to the 1st Century Egyptians. They weren't the first to use makeup but they were the first to document it's use as being important in their culture as seen in tomb paintings.

Cosmetics are substances used to enhance or protect the appearance or odor of the human body. Makeup refers primarily to colored products that are used to alter a person's appearance. Their use is widespread, especially in women.

Egyptians used natural substances and kohl (soot) to beautify their appearance, The 1st Century Romans also used kohl for eye and eyelash makeup. Middle Ages European women added the popularity of white skin which became a sign of wealth and stature. Sometimes, to get pale skin, women also resorted to bleeding themselves.

In the Italian Renaissance, women exaggerated their paleness by using deadly ingredients such as lead and arsenic. In the Elizabethan Age, egg whites were used to add a healthy glaze to the face. In the 18th Century, the French brought red to face makeup.

In the Victorian Era, face makeup began to be associated with prostitutes and actresses. "Proper" women covered their visible skin used only natural ingredients such as oatmeal , honey and rose water.

Pale skin was still popular in the early 1900's, but a makeup artist Max Factor developed and produced the first makeup assessable to all.

The one makeup I JUST have to have is a cover-stick. It covers a multitude of imperfections and lets me face a new day more in control.