Make-up is supposed to make us look more beautiful. From the earliest times people have used it in an attempt to increase their pulling power.
Drop Dead Gorgeous. The earliest evidence of make-up was found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating from around 5,000 years ago. Both men and women used skin cream, perfumes, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip colour and rouge.
The ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans also used all kinds of make-up. A 1,800-year-old ancient Roman skin cream was discovered recently in London, the oldest preserved cosmetic ever found.
Poisons, especially lead, were used in ancient cosmetics and continued to be used until the 1800s. Eyeshadows, lipsticks and face powder all contained dangerous chemicals, and women made their eyes sparkle with deadly nightshade. Skin was whitened with powder containing lead because pale-skinned women were supposed to be beautiful.
Ironically, from the 1920s, darker skin became more desirable, so some women started to use make-up or dye to make their skins look tanned.
Victorian and Edwardian ladies tried to keep their beauty secrets secret, because, for a period, make-up was frowned upon and associated only with actresses and prostitutes. Rich ladies would sneak into beauty parlors by the back door.
By the 20th century make-up became acceptable again, and today the cosmetics industry is worth billions of pounds.
Make-up doesn’t have to be used for beautification. Here are some examples of face make-up you can use to scare your family with! WARNING: Before you put the paint all over your face, test a small patch on the back of your hand, as your skin may be sensitive to certain face paints.
The main colours you’ll need are black, white, green, grey, red and brown.
A simple transformation: use white paint all over your face, except around your eyes. You can fill in the eye area with red, black or grey.
Finally, paint two triangles on your bottom lip for fangs.
Paint your whole face green and darken under your brow and in your eye sockets with brown paint. Make two bolts from chunky plastic bottle tops and fasten them around your neck with elastic.
Paint your whole face red, darkening the area around your eyes with black or brown. Then add a mustache, beard and wicked eyebrows. Make two horns from card and fasten them on your head.
Paint your whole face grey and darken the areas around your eyes, Then draw thin black lines up from your mouth to make you look old and haggard. Finally, paint a red drip from your mouth like blood. You could also add some brown scars to your face.
You need two different shades of brown for this monster. Cover your face in the lighter brown and then draw thick hair as shown with the darker brown. Don’t forget to add white fangs on your lips and a black wolty nose.
Paint the white areas of the skull face first as shown, and then use black paint in the non-bone areas for definition. Remember to paint eye holes, a triangular shape for the missing nose and teeth on your top and bottom lips.
Looks fishy. ‘Pearl essence’ is a lipstick ingredient that gives a shimmery effect. It sounds rather lovely but in fact it’s fish scales – mostly herring. And cerebrosides, found in moisturizing skin-care products, are animal brain cells or nervous system tissue.