Subscriber Account active since. Just as fashion trends come and go, makeup fads are constantly evolving. And over the past years, society has changed its notion of what the ideal face of makeup looks like. In the early s, for example, lips were the focal point of the face, and were often lined in sharp shapes. But by the s, it became more common for women to wear rounded pouts in bright-red shades.
What the ideal face of makeup looked like over the last 100 years
Why Did Women Start Wearing Makeup? - Neatorama
Women and men have been wearing cosmetics for centuries, although the styles have certainly undergone some dramatic changes over time. Let's take a look at how cosmetics evolved. The earliest historical record of makeup comes from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt c. Tombs from this era have revealed unguent jars, which in later periods were scented. Unguent was a substance extensively used by men and women to keep their skin hydrated and supple and to avoid wrinkles from the dry heat.
By: Molly Edmonds. The first use of prototype cosmetics is usually traced back to the ancient Egyptians; many Egyptian tombs contained makeup canisters and kits. Cleopatra used lipstick that got its hue from ground carmine beetles, while other women used clay mixed with water to color their lips.
The timeline below represents a brief history of cosmetics, beginning with the Ancient Egyptians in 10, BCE through modern developments in the United States. You can use the following navigation to jump to specific points in time. Men and women in Egypt use scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin and mask body odor.