2 jan. 2011

History of using make up . nr 1

Hello there lovely ladies and gents , 
Here a little story about the history of using make up. 

Cleopatra with eyeliner
The 1st evidence of make up usage was found in Egypt around 3500 before christ during the Ancient Egypt times with some of the royalty havind make up.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used cosmetics.
The Romans and Ancient Egyptians used cosmetics containing poisonous mercury and lead.
In the Middle ages , many woman still wore cosmetics. A popular fad for women during the Middle Ages was to have pale skin , they achieved the pale skin by applying pastes of lead , chalk , flour or bloodletting. 

Marlene Dietrich with her pale skin and red lips
Cosmetic use was frowned upon at many points in Western histor. For exampe in the 1800's makeup was used by prostitutes and Queen Victoria publicly declared makeup improper and only actresses should wear it. 
Adolf Hitler told womans that face painting was for clowns and not for the womens of the master race.
Women in the 19th century compared themselves to delicate flowers and emphasised their delicacy and feminity. 
They aimed to look pale and interesting. Paleness could be induced by drinking vinegar and avoiding fresh air and sunlight. 

Sometimes ladies used a little rouge on the cheeks and used belladonna to dilate their eyes and make their eyes stand out more. Most cosmetic products avaiblable were still either chemically or found in the kitchen. 
By the middle of the 20th century cosmetics were in widespread use by women in nearly all industrial societies around the world.

Well this was it and I really hope you liked it. 
And that it learned you something new.