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Ancient Egyptian cosmetics


Ancient Egyptian cosmetics
Makeup was once an important part of everyday life in Egypt – find out why
In Ancient Egypt, the physical image of an individual often acted as a substitute for the body in the afterlife. Therefore, in funerary paintings, both males and females are portrayed in their best clothes, wigs as well as makeup. 


Ancient Egyptian cosmeticsIn life, the Egyptians utilised a variety of pigments to adorn the face. The most predominant of these was kohl, which was used to line the eyes. Kohl came from two sources: a green eye paint made of mineral malachite and a black liner derived from galena, a form of lead ore. Women used red ochre to form a light blush for cheeks and lips, while henna was used to paint the nails and dye the hair. Cosmetics were also applied for practical reasons – the military wore it to protect their eyes from the intense glare of the African Sun. Moreover, it had a religious resonance – each day, in the holy sanctuary of the temple, the god was anointed with makeup as a symbol of celestial regeneration.