Ancient Egyptian era was full of mysteries. They had all the secrets of advance technology, architecture, painting, cosmetics, and medicines. It has been stated that they were part of one of the modern civilization. Egyptians were very fond of cosmetics. From the earliest era, all of the men, women from all social classes used to applied eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick and rouge to look pretty.
The famous beauty queens, Cleopatra and Nefertiti are the most iconic model for the makeup lover. In 1963, Elizabeth Taylor played the role of Cleopatra, and there she defined the most iconic look from the ancient age. Not only her, Rihanna, who is famous for her variant makeup, but she also played a tribute to Nefertiti for the cover of Vogue Arabia. Both of them have been seen with saturated blue eye shadow and thick-dark eyeliner.
Though, according to historians, the ancient Egyptians applied makeup to enhance their appearances. Also, they do it for the practical uses, ritual functions and to signify the symbolic meaning to others. So, they followed their beauty routine on a daily basis. The hieroglyphic term ‘sesh’ means there are a lot of skills to require applying ‘kohl’ or ‘lipstick’.
There was a most celebrated beauty ritual, carried out by the wealthy Egyptian Women, that before applying any makeup, a woman must prepare her skin at first. She can exfoliate her skin with Dead Sea salts or luxuriate in a milk bath. A face mask of milk-honey was very popular also. For her underarms, one can apply incense pellets.
For the softer skins, spice-infused oils are the best options. What we know as the hot wax that was the earliest innovation of Egyptian, that mix honey and sugar, which they preferred to call Sugaring, was less painful waxing.
There were so many containers with many ingredients and tools to do makeup. For eye makeup and perfumes, they extracted materials from glass, gold, semi-precious stones. Kohl, eyeshadows were made from Siltstone palettes, to resemble with the craved eyes of animal, goddesses or young women.
Sometimes, eye shadow used to make from the mixing malachite and animal fat or vegetable oils. Women use polished bronze as the mirror. Kohl was the daily makeup essential that can be applied by any gender or casts to protect the eyes from the glare of the desert sun. The makeup palette means in Egyptian ‘to protect’.
Makeup couldn’t be complete without putting on red lipstick, which is a classic look in this 2020 era also. To create that classic colour, ochre blended animal fat or vegetable oil. Though the beauty queen Cleopatra was famous for the unique method of crushing beetles for the perfect shade of red. Those are highly toxic, sometimes iodine and bromine mannite also blended in that solution to make it perfect. That could lead someone to serious illness or even death.
Thus the phrase ‘Kiss of Death’ has derived. About death, Egyptians were very modest. They put all the essential items for makeup, cosmetics in the burial ground to make the spirit feel that everything is there, which that person required to have in the daily routine.
Egyptians believe over the elegance and aesthetics in their every innovation. They have imaged a modern lifestyle more than years ago. So, thus we follow the ancient tradition from the very early stage, without having a mere knowledge.