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Beauty Secrets of Ancient Egypt: Makeup

Beauty Secrets of Ancient Egypt: Makeup

So we covered skin care and hair care beauty secrets of ancient Egypt in previous articles. (Haven’t had a chance to read those yet? Have a look here.)

But what about makeup secrets and tricks?
For all those who have seen pictures of Egyptian queens, you must have noticed their fancy makeup.
Eye makeup was a daily beauty routine, for both men and women.

Eyebrows: Egyptians filled and colored their eyebrows to make them look fuller and darker; a trend that is applied in our present time.

Eyelashes: They loved long and dark eyelashes; therefore they used black powder made of the sulfide of lead called galena, which is now known as Kohl!

Eyeliner: Egyptians used to outline their eyes in an almond shape, in either green or black colors. They believed that galena (kohl) protects the eyes from the sun's rays.

Lipstick: Red lipstick was a fashion statement, even back then! It was made of red ochre mixed with fat or gum resin.

How did they remove their makeup? They used cleansing creams made of chalk and oil.

You might also like: "Kohl for the Bride-to-Be"
 

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