Makeup must have been discovered by a married woman. After she had got her man, she would have wanted to keep him to herself, probably prevent him from paying attention to the young filly living next door. Makeup would have been her saviour; those painted lips, those bewitching colors around the eyes. But as she must have started getting attention of more than one man, other women must have caught on to her tricks fast. Pretty soon, the whole colony must have been mushrooming with red-pout women with kohl-lined eyes.
Or it must have been discovered by an artist, trying to make the women he painted look more exquisite, beautiful and mysterious. Perhaps he painted many other contours of her women first before settling onto the lips and the eyes. Maybe he was trying to give the corny sexual connotation to red lips as all other men during the ages have. Whatever it was, he must have become successful because the paintings reached the eyes of the women. And unknowingly, the painter set a new fad amongst women; a fad that was going to spread like wild fire and survive the wrath of courts. What? Didn’t you know? Makeup was once declared illegal- the court declared that any women with makeup could be tried for witcraft. Men are always intimidated by women’s looks, so they take refuge in religion or law to suppress them.
Anyhow, why should we care? Lipsticks are a thriving trade now and even God would have to work hard to chase away women from MAC showrooms. But ahhh… we do need to know what were the instincts of the first women who put makeup on their faces? What did they find exciting? Deprived of the Vogue magazine or makeupandbeauty.com, they only had their primal instincts to guide them. And ladies, in case of makeup or beauty, primal instincts still work. Tall, Dark, & Handsome disgust anyone here? So what worked in makeup during the early days? Let’s do some guesswork and find out.
What is common between the two beauties you see below? These two images still hold that beauty and charm to beguile us men.
Most of you would get it right- it’s the fair face, the red lips and the kohled eyes. Throughout the ages, women have spent nights trying to find the perfect red for themselves or the perfect eye look or the perfect face pack. Throughout the ages? Yes, yes and yes.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used cosmetics. Ancient Egyptians had a wide extent of make-up utensils. One of them is kohl, which was used to outline the eyes. It is made up of lead, copper, burned almonds, soot, and other ingredients. Women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied lipstick to their lips for face decoration. Ancient Egyptians extracted purplish-red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, which resulted in serious illness. Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles, which gave a deep red pigment, and ants for a base. Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a substance found in fish scales called pearlescence. In Japan, geisha wore lipstick made of crushed safflower petals to paint the eyebrows and edges of the eyes as well as the lips, and sticks of bintsuke wax, a softer version of the sumo wrestlers’ hair wax, were used by geisha as a makeup base.
“Hmmm… so what’s new?” you might be tempted to ask. Nothing much, I admit, but when you nonchalantly comment that ‘I am not into red lippies’ or that ‘I am scared to try on the red,’ you are defying centuries of natural instincts of our species. So either you find your perfect red or be left out. But work hard at your perfect eyelook and get noticed. Make Your choice. In the end, good looks shouldn’t only belong to stars. 🙂
And the rewards? What else, you get to keep your man… jealous by all the looks you get. Isn’t that enough? 😎 Well, more than that you would have a look that you can wear on all occassions without thinking much, draw stares and envious looks, and have a ball.