How’s everyone today? Well, I hope.
It’s interesting these days to watch the faces of women in photos, magazines, television, and even face to face. Some before and after photos of make-up will shock you, make-up has evolved so interestingly. Meanwhile, there are all sorts of evolving cosmetics and brands too and one wonders if the conventional brands like MaryKay, Revlon, CoverGirl, and L’Oréal are no longer compliant.
At this point, it may be interesting to take a brief tour down make-up history in comparison to now. During the early 1900s, makeup was not excessively popular. In fact, women hardly wore makeup at all. Face enameling became popular among the rich at this time in an attempt to look paler. This practice was dangerous due to the main ingredient often being arsenic – (Women, take note). Pale skin was associated with wealth because it meant you were not out working in the sun and could afford to stay inside all day. Cosmetics were so unpopular that they could not be bought in department stores; they could only be bought at theatrical costume stores. A woman’s “makeup routine” often only consisted of using a powdered paper/oil blotting sheet, to whiten the nose in the winter and shine their cheeks in the summer. Rouge was considered provocative, so was only seen on “women of the night.” Some women used burnt matchsticks to darken eyelashes, and geranium and poppy petals to stain the lips. Vaseline became high in demand because it was used on chapped lips, as a base for hair tonic, and soap.
Nowadays, beauty products are now widely available and mostly to internet-only retailers. Although modern make-up has been traditionally used mainly by women, an increasing number of men are using cosmetics usually associated to women to enhance or cover their own facial features or for TV.
Amidst all these, we ought to be careful about bombarding our faces and skin with all sorts of new evolution cosmetics as more chemicals and nonmetallic elements are added. This can’t be good for the body. It’s the constant accumulation of these cosmetics that make the face deteriorate and age quickly.
Remember, there is beauty in simplicity. It’s never too late to do the right thing and not just go with the flow.
Just a thought!