Monday:  make-up post

The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent

 

Cosmetics has a history rich in drama-The British Parliament even got involved in the cosmetic industry when it proclaimed in 1770 that it was grounds for annulment if a bride used cosmetics prior to her wedding day.  Through the years, a woman using make-up could be viewed as wealthy and among the elite or tawdry and the lowest class.

The Egyptians classic eye make-up would never make it past OSHA-it contained lead sulfide, lead, copper and manganese.  The down side of those beautiful Cleopatra eyes?  Constant pink eye, and the exposure to lead eventually led to insomnia and mental problems.

Greeks got even crazier about their appearance and slathered lead-based face masks-not just around their eyes, but all over their faces.  The Romans loved the appearance of their lead-soaked faces so much, they hardly noticed the infertility, madness and nasty skin eruptions their use of lead created.  You think politics lead to the fall of the Roman Empire – some scholars believe that the Roman ardent use of lead was the culprit – it was not just in their make-up-it was in their viaducts, wine vessels and cooking pots.

The Romans looked like amateurs when it came to the 16th, 17th, and 18th century love affair with lead in make-up.  The pale, dead white look became all the rage, so men and women applied a mixture of white lead and vinegar to stay current with the trend.  YIKES-it was really a fad gone bad when the nasty mixture of lead, mercury and arsenic started eating the skin away.  Soooo, to cover up the ugly scars, heavier layers of the deadly mixture was applied.   Enter the medical community that started looking at some of the deaths and declared folks “victims of cosmetics.”

It would be great to say “all is well” in our enlightened age, but there are still some crazy ideas about what women will or will not accept to look beautiful.  The good news for us, though, is that we can inform ourselves about what we are putting on our faces.

As for me and my face-I love make-up-from foundation to eye color, lips, cheeks-the whole “painted lady” bag of tricks.  My make-up drawer ( yes, I have a drawer full of the stuff)  is in constant transition, because I like to buy current colors-especially lipstick.  So, in parting, let me just say this:  Keep Calm and Put on Some Lipstick-you will feel better.  : )

What is in your make-up drawer? Or is that laughable for you-maybe the idea of needing a whole drawer is over the top.  What is your make-up routine?

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