March 27, 2023 2 min read

Do you know that during the middle age in Europe, Makeup was frowned upon and considered sinful?

Although makeup has been used for thousands of years and has evolved significantly since its inception, there is still a lot that fashion enthusiasts do not know. From makeup glossary terms to the history, there is a lot to know.

That is why we created this Makeup History Infographic. The infographic traced the history back to ancient Egypt where both men and women used cosmetics.

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the history of makeup through the years




Important Timenotes:

  • 4000 BC: Ancient Egyptian use unguent to keep their skin hydrated and wrinkle-free. Women apply dark green colour to the under lid.
  • 1000 BC: Persian women uses henna dyes to stain their hair and faces
  • 1st century: Romans use kohl, rouge and chalk to whiten their skin
  • 6th century: Women who desire pale skin begin to bleed themselves.
  • 1600s: Rich women begin to wear Aqua Toffana, a face powder made with arsenic.
  • Late 1700s: Rouge, lipsticks and eyebrow and hair dyeing became popular. Most makeup recipe involves herbs and plants
  • 1800: Victorian women pluck their eyebrows, massage castor oil into their eyelashes, and use rice powder on their face.
  • 1820: Rimmel create the first non-toxic mascara
  • 1910: The first pressed powders are introduced and include a mirror and puff for touch-ups
  • 1914: Vogue features Turkish women using henna to outline their eyes. Max Factor started selling makeup to movie stars
  • 1920: Max Factor introduces lip gloss and the first eyelash curler, Kurlash was invented
  • 1950: Movie star Audrey Hepburn popularizes outlined cat eyes
  • 1970: Eye shadows and lined eyes became more popular
  • 1990: Cosmetic begin to combat wrinkles and cellulite
  • 2002: Botox injections became popular anti-aging technique
  • 2010: Contouring and highlighting become popularized by makeup artists and beauty influencers on social media
  • 2015: The rise of "nude" makeup, focused on enhancing natural features rather than heavy, dramatic looks
  • 2017: The #MeToo movement prompts companies to offer more diverse shades and inclusivity in their product lines
  • 2018: Vegan and cruelty-free makeup become more prevalent and sought after by consumers
  • 2019: The "glass skin" trend takes off, with people using skincare and makeup to achieve a dewy, luminous complexion
  • 2020: The pandemic causes a surge in demand for virtual makeup try-ons and online shopping for beauty products
  • 2021: Colour correcting, masked treatments, and at-home self-care continue to gain popularity due to ongoing pandemic impact on daily routines and lifestyles.

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The history of makeup is a fascinating journey through time, showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of humans.

From ancient Egypt to modern times, makeup has played an important role in our lives, and it will continue to evolve and inspire us for generations to come.

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