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HOW ABOUT NOW?
They dyed hair, nails, palms of hands and soles of feet red with Henna. What's Henna? Henna is still used today on hair. Only kings and queens were allowed to wear red on their lips or nails.
Egyptian women wore pomades, made of flowers dipped in animal fat and pressed together, on their heads. As it got hotter, the fat melted and trickled down their faces and necks. This kept their skin soft and unwrinkled. I prefer lotion!
Egyptian cosmetic tools.
The Egyptians used oils to protect their skin from sun and to perfume themselves. Later, the Greeks used perfume everywhere on the body. The Romans perfumed everything, clothes, beds, and even the air. Nero's palace had concealed pipes that sprinkled guests with perfume. Even soldiers wore perfume into battle. I guess they needed perfume--they didn't bathe very often!
By the 1100's, the use of cosmetics had spread to Europe. Queen Elizabeth I of England used ground alabaster and starch to lighten her face. Elizabethan ladies followed her lead by covering their faces with egg whites! Many ladies dusted their faces with flour to get that wonderful, pale look. More like that sickly, ghost look! In Africa, warriors painted their bodies for war. Even in North America, the Indians were using animal fats to create body paints to protect themselves from insects.
Today, manufacturers use more than 5,000 ingredients in making cosmetics. While early ones were made of ground minerals, metals, and plants, today they include alcohol, dyes, oils, talc, and waxes.
Cosmetics comes from the Greek word kosmos, which means adornment.
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