Makeup around the world and over time
Nowdays in Europe, the last make-up trand is to enhance eyes and eyebrows, which are more well-defined and bushy. Skin color is natural and it’s perfect combining lipsticks and eyeshadow in different colors!
But what about make-up in the past? What about the use of make-up in other countries like those in Africa o in the far East?
In Ancient Egypt, both men and women were used to put make-up on, to mark up some facial features, such as eyes and lips. In the classical iconography, the Egyptian are pictured in profile with deep and very lengthened eyes, drawn with width black lines and with red lips. Marvelous and voluminous black wigs, sort with vegetables, were symbols of beauty. They were minutely curled in various ways with different warm irons.
With reguard to Greece, taking care of beauty didn’t belong only to the Aristocrats of the “ Poleis”, but also to the lower classes. In the old days, a powder of basic deal carbonate, called Biacca, was used for the makeup. Once it was rubbed on face, it made skin light, smooth and flawless, but it was toxic. The Biacca spread all over the world, becoming famous in ancient times and it was still used up to the 14 century, and as chronicles tell us, even the queen Elisabeth the 1ST used it !
In Japan the culture of makeup is very important. The Geisha woman is the example par excellence of that, and her makeup has the precise function to remember us a bud of cherry blossoms. According to the 18th century tradition, Geisha women were used to makeup their face with a rise powder, to make skin lighter and white. Fortunately it wasn’t toxic and for a brighter effect they used to add some sugar to it. Lisps were painted with a bright red pigment and their black eyes were made up with a sort of eyeliner, to have a more marked and oblong shape.
During the Gerewol, Niger’s festivity that brings together the nomadic tribes of Sahel for a wedding competition, young shepherds, with their faces coverd with okra and their lips blackened by the coal or graphite, they try to have the attentions of the marriageable age girls.
In Mozambique, women cover their faces with “musiro”, a mix made of plants’ roots. These beauty masks, with their whiteness, make those women look like ghosts, but they protect and tone their skin, stop their wrinkles and rejuvenate their face!!
People of the Omo Valley, in southern Ethiopia, make an extensive use of color, as well as of different types of ornaments like lip or ear plates. To Europeans these ornaments can be impressive, but for Mursi women, as bigger the lip plate is, as more prestigious it will be, and, at last, it will be easier for her to find a husband!
Himba women from Namibia, mix their hair and rubbed their body with a mixture of red okra e animal fat.
In Myanmar women are used to cover their cheeks with a powder obtained from the Thanakha tree. The natural makeup of Burma women, protect them from the sun, from insects’ bites and make them more attractive for their men.
Make-up is a very special aspect of women life, and often it seems to have the power to feel us better and charming.
In short, may I say that “make-up can change your daylife!!!”