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Where Did Makeup Originate? | Health & Beauty portal

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Where Did Makeup Originate?

By , Health&Beauty Portal Writer
Published September 22, 2011
Where Did Makeup Originate?

Where Did Makeup Originate? (photo: flikcr.com / MVKPhotography)

Looking good is a time honored tradition. Living in a society that deifies its most beautiful members, it is not a surprise to see how much of a premium people put on their physical appearance. Books and movies may spout an ideal that looks are immaterial or insignificant but the truth is that they are not and for as long as society is geared to behave this way people will continue to follow.

 

The question then becomes, how one look good does or perhaps a better question to ask is how one gets the most out of their looks. The lottery that is genetics is of course not equal across the board but there is a way to emphasize the attributes that one does have and really show them off. One good way to do this is of course through the aid of that magical thing known as makeup.

Makeup seems like such a purely modern commodity that people rarely put any thought in to when and where it came from. Makeup has a pretty rich history behind it and one that is also indicative of human nature back then and up till now. Tracing the roost of makeup can actually take one to some very surprising locations.

One would most likely be surprised by the fact that the use of cosmetics or makeup can be traced to as far back as the time of the ancient Egyptians. This has been discovered thanks to various forms of archeological evidence. The members of the Egyptian royalty were said to have been the first ones to use it. Men in particular were said to have first used it as a way to add color to their faces and even make their own designs. Different types of ore were said to have been the first implements of makeup to be utilized.

Geisha makeup (photo: flickr.com)

Geisha makeup (photo: flickr.com)

There are other examples of makeup usage during the ancient times. It is also believed that both the Romans and Greeks were also prominent makeup users even back then. Makeup usage is also cited during biblical times. The dawn of the Victorian era saw the everyday utilization of makeup and even more so for women. This was done to achieve as pale a complexion as possible.

Makeup has since greatly grown over the years and has turned in to a very lucrative enterprise for some companies. Makeup may be more popular now than it ever was but even then people were always looking for that extra help to look even better.

 

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