is widely agreed that women are vain people and now, even men too.
The women in the past were no exceptions. They too, enjoyed a fashion
sense and put in much time and effort to keep themselves beautiful.
In ancient India for instance, the women wore necklaces, bracelets,
earrings, bangles, nose-studs, armlets and rings. They tied their
hair up into a bun and had mirrors with which they used to check
their appearances after a make-up.
ancient Egyptians are another example of very vain people of the
past. The members of the upper classes devoted much of their time
to keeping themselves beautiful. Instead of using soap when they
bathed, they used soda, and after a bath, they applied perfumed
oil to their body so that they would smell nice. Men had short hair
and wore wigs. The women too, wore wigs or added false braids to
their own hair. They owned combs, hairpins and mirrors made of polished
bronze or silver. The men owned bronze razors instead.
men and women used a bright green paste of copper minerals as eye
shadow. They also painted their eyebrows and eyelashes with black
kohl, which was a cream made out of sheep's fat and powered lead.
Women used ochre, a clay stained read with iron, as lipstick and
painted their palms with henna, a red brown dye, to make them look
younger. Their cosmetics were kept in intricate boxes. Both men
and women wore jewelry collars and necklaces, strings of beads,
bracelets, anklets, earrings, and finger rings. Strangely enough,
silver was more precious than gold and thus, only the rich owned
them. Their clothing and jewellery were ornate and expensive, and
they used perfumes and cosmetics lavishly, the men as well as the
Greeks and Romans had elaborate hairstyles and the class they belonged
to, their age and marital status determined how elaborate their
hairstyle should be. They also basked themselves in lengthy rituals
of adornment. For the Romans, they had slaves to help them style
their hair, drape their togas, and apply their cosmetics.
the ancient Chinese, especially the women, they enjoyed wearing
many pieces of jewellery made of gold on their body. Jade was the
most popular gem though and was regarded as even more valuable than
gold, which only the rich and the nobles and kings could afford.
jade is still regarded as a highly valuable gem to the Chinese.
The older generations of Chinese today like to wear jade bangles
on their wrists, jade pendants on a gold chain around their necks
and even jade earrings to symbolize good luck and act as a symbol
of their wealth.
today still enjoy putting on make-up to look beautiful. The type
of cosmetics that women use today are fairly similar to those in
the past; women still use lipstick, eye shadows, mascara (which
is somewhat similar to the black kohl used by the Egyptians) and
nail polishes. In addition, there are newer types of cosmetics used
such as foundation, liners and pencils, and lip gloss.
still use perfumes as well to keep ourselves smelling nice. Perfumes
are available for both men and women. Examples are Thierry Mugler
for women and Jean Paul Gaultier for men.
using cosmetics, perfumes and wearing jewellery, what other methods
are there to improve our appearances and keep ourselves looking
putting on makeup
clown in the circus with lots of makeup on. Makeup helps impart
a specific kind of personality.
A bracelet was part of the Olbia Treasure unearthed at Olbia, site
of an ancient Greek colony in the Crimea, in 1891. It dates from
the 1st century BC.