Makeup has been used to enhance beauty for thousands of years. Consider the ancient Egyptians, who wore lead ore and copper-based makeup. When it came to their cosmetic specifications, ancient women were also imaginative. Berries were used to darken lips, burnt match ashes were used to darken eyes, and so on.
Today, we have makeup for just about every application you can think of. Makeup has come a long way, from eyeshadow palettes that make eyes pop to concealing unsightly pores (we even have vegan makeup). Let’s take a look at the rich past of makeup to better understand where we are now and where we used to be.
During the Victorian era, women wore a lot of make-up.
The Victorian era was a period when European women started to embrace makeup and cosmetics. Rice powder was often used by ladies to conceal blemishes, redness, and freckles. A cosmetic powder containing zinc oxide and pearl powder was highly common among sophisticated ladies of the period.
Every morning, an early form of lip balm, a transparent pomade similar to beeswax, was applied to the lips to shield them from the elements while also adding shine. Eyeshadow, or eyepaint as we know it today, was also a common option during the Victorian period, though sophisticated women kept their use of eyeshadow to a minimum.
Skincare from the Revolutionary Era
King Louis and Marie Antoinette’s reign led to a backlash against the artificially made face. during the French Revolution. Europeans and Americans were opting for a natural radiance as the Industrial Revolution progressed, and natural ingredients were once again used to achieve it.
Yolks of eggs
Oatmeal with Honey
While sun-tanned skin was still favoured, lemon juice was the ingredient of choice for naturally lightening skin.
The Early Modern Period’s Skincare
Starting in the early twentieth century, skincare began to imitate what it is today—a multi-step method involving a range of carefully formulated ingredients. Assembly-line manufacturing made soap accessible to people of all social backgrounds, but it was considered too harsh for sensitive facial skin. To remove dirt and makeup, the ladies of the day used “cold cream.” Before applying makeup, tonics and serums were added, some of which were made at home with beeswax, mineral oil, water, and borax. Oil-based complexion creams were used on occasion in the hopes of reducing wrinkles by increasing oil saturation.
Today’s Science-Based Skincare
Science, driven by the Space Race, was not fully extended to skincare products until the 1960s. Unfortunately, this meant that potentially harmful synthetic ingredients were used for decades before natural and/or organic ingredients made a comeback.
Today, Hale Cosmeceuticals combines cutting-edge science with nature’s finest ingredients to create skincare formulations that are reliable, healthy, and environmentally friendly.