and women beautified themselves daily with many cosmetics. They wore facial
paints, oils, perfumes, and eyeshadow. Children also wore eyeshadow, which
was made of a sticky black substance called kohl, which kept away
flies, reduced glare and kept the skin from being sunburnt.
The facial paints were made with minerals such as galena or malachite. They also used rouge (made from red ochre). Perfume was made of fat and oils, mixed in with flowers or scented wood. Men and women wore perfumed cones on top of their heads at parties. These melted gradually and released the fragrance. Other makeup included henna, used to dye fingernails.
Now you have your own vast knowledge on Egyptian makeup. Next time you see 'eyeliner- $3.50' in a makeup magazine, you can smile and say, " Eyeliner is also known as kohl. It was used to keep away flies and reduce glare in Ancient Egypt. Speaking of Ancient Egypt-blah blah blah" (guaranteed to drive your family up the wall!)