Extremely early on, cosmetic articles were a feature of grave goods in Egypt. This revealed the great significance cosmetics held in the everyday of ancient Egypt. Makeup palettes, makeup pencils to apply colour and mirrors were found in the graves. Alongside everyday beautification, makeup had religious and symbolic functions. The most well known in Egyptian history is the famous black eye makeup. For the purpose of emphasising the eyes a black eye colour based on galena, also termed “coal” was used. Egyptians used ochre to colour the cheeks red, and henna was used to dye the hair even then.


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