Cosmetics go way back. In fact, archaeologists believe that people have been applying makeup to their faces in order to accentuate their features for at least 6,000 years. Moreover, some say that it is the oldest cultural practice that has continued unbroken up until the modern day.
Most people know that ancient Egyptians used makeup. After all, most of us have seen the sculptures and paintings from the time of the Pharaohs. What is especially interesting about the way Egyptian women used makeup is how similar it is to how women today still apply it. Those women who walked the earth 4,000 years before Jesus’ sandals slapped the dusty paths of the Holy Land blackened their eyelashes and upper eyelids with kohl just as you and I do today. I don’t know about you, but I get a real charge out of being connected to the women of Egypt by this thread of cosmetic history each time I apply eyeliner.
Danger, Danger, Danger
Besides being a beautiful cosmetic and having such a long history of being used as an eyeliner, kohl is also great because it is harmless. However, this is not the case with all makeups women have used over the centuries. Mercury, lead, and arsenic have all made their ways into makeup. While I do not know what makeup-friendly properties arsenic has, I can imagine why lead and mercury were mixed into makeups, since the first absorbs and holds color well, while the second is so darn pretty. Too bad they can both kill you.
Other Natural Makeup Ingredients
Of course there are plenty of natural items that have been used as makeup over the centuries. In fact, some of these are readily available and may be of interest to you. Berries and other fruits, cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, arrowroot powder (used to smooth out the other ingredients), cocoa butter, and charcoal have all been used for many generations of makeup users and they are all still available for you to experiment with yourself.
Have fun and be safe!