Some history behind makeup

Makeup has been around for a long time, maybe it hasn’t always been Maybelline, but the concept and application of makeup has been around in many cultures throughout the eras. The first known recordings of makeup’s use, was it being used in ancient Egypt for appearance and religion, which was as early as 4000BC. This was worn by men and women, and played a huge, recognizable part of their culture.

Through the ages, makeup has gone through many changes and developments. Every culture and time period has different “trends” per say, that you could go into and discuss about in detail. I’m not going to be doing that because we could then be talking about it for hours. I will however, share two videos with you to get a slight idea of the different ways makeup has been used throughout the ages.

If you have a look at the video BuzzFeed put together of ‘Women’s Makeup Throughout History’, you’ll see how certain trends are shared, some are completely different, and some we still borrow from today.

If you are interested in a more detailed comparison, check out Lisa Eldridge’s ‘Best and Worst Makeup Moments in History.’ I find it very interesting that where makeup started in ancient Egyptian culture everyone could wear it and were so accepting of it. In todays society we have definitely become more accepting of having choice of what style you wear your makeup in or what makeup trend you follow. The main difference we have though is the acceptance of who can wear makeup and why they choose too.

So do we all really have a choice about makeup? If you are a female do you feel like you have to wear makeup, or that if you do wear makeup you are being judged for hiding something? If you are male do you get ridiculed for wearing makeup or your choices to use beauty products?

I want to research more into what choices we really have with makeup in todays society and how we are judged for the ones we make.




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