Basic Makeup Tips: As Applicable Then As They Are NowProof of the human fascination with facial beauty has been found and to be dated as old as documented civilization itself.
As early as 10,000 B.C., color palettes have been used in Egypt in the production of face and eye powders.
Makeup was in full bloom in all of early Egyptian civilization; rouge and lip ‘ointments’ were essentials, particularly for the privileged few, although slaves even had the luxury of wearing eye makeup.
Eyelash and eyebrow enhancers were used widely, thereby lending the ancient Egyptian the physical stereotype of that dark, painted-on look.
The succeeding societies paled in comparison to what the Egyptians achieved in terms of cosmetics.
In the 18th century, harmful chemicals such as arsenic and mercury were usually ingested to achieve a certain cosmetic effect, obviously with tragic results.
This was just part of the gradual tapering off of the makeup culture until the boom of the twentieth century, when the outburst of freedom of expression and the wonders of technology gave rise to a renaissance of safe and affordable means of cosmetics.
To say that the following list of tips is a crude distillation of all of those years of efforts is an understatement, but it may give you an idea of how privileged today’s women are when it comes to facial adornment.
Today, the basics remain more or less the same as with the past, and hopefully the following tips would guide you in getting the most out of these rudimentary few cosmetic necessities.