5 Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics & Makeup Secrets

5 Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics & Makeup Secrets You Didn't Know About!
5 Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics & Makeup Secrets You Didn’t Know About!

I have been fascinated by the world of cosmetics for a very long time, and it appears that I am not the only one. Our love affair with cosmetics is almost as old as humanity itself.

Large amounts of red ochre were found, dating roughly from 100,000 to 125,000 years ago during excavations in South African caves – these are presumed to be have been used to paint the body and the face. One might say that this desire to adorn ourselves with cosmetics is an intrinsic part of the human experience, as it is a shared practice across different cultures.

From the various looks we have sported across the centuries, the Ancient Egyptian look stands out as one of the more memorable ones in the history of makeup. This is not a surprise, for the Ancient Egyptians were avid lovers of cosmetics, they loved to dress up and wear fancy makeup. Their heavily kohl-lined eyes are instantly recognizable and often recreated in Hollywood blockbusters, the most famous portrayal being Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra.

Earlier this year, I embarked on a project that involved studying Ancient Egyptian cosmetics and subsequent reconstruction of a typical “Egyptian look” from the New Kingdom. 

They had an amazing collection of cosmetics and used to do make-up in the most graceful ways you can imagine. For them, especially during ancient times, one’s attire and appearance mattered a lot; from dressing to cosmetics everything had to be as beautiful and stunning as possible. From dressing to cosmetics everything had to be as beautiful and stunning as possible. 

In ancient times, makeup wasn’t only important for appearance, but also for protection. Both men and women used to use various cosmetics and rubbed them all across their skins to protect them from the drastic atmospheric conditions and strong sun. They had different classes and categories of makeup that were used for different purposes and depending on your social class.

However, you could tell who was rich and who was poor by the quality of their applicators and pots. Wealthy people typically had ivory applicators and jeweled containers. Poor people used clay pots and small sticks to apply their eye makeup.

From their hair to nails ancient Egyptian showed their talent in extracting cosmetics and made their era even more beautiful and charming. Beauty and appearance are a major pride of Egyptian history that is clearly reflected in their appearance in ancient times.

So what sort of makeup and beauty items did ancient Egyptian people favor? How do our cosmetics today compare? Keep reading to find out.

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