Invention of Eyeshadow
The history of eyeshadow is really old. You can find its fingerprints in ancient times as well. However, if you ask about the person who invented the famous eyeshadow, then you probably you can not find a concrete answer. Yes, you can see the presence of eyeshadow in a number of civilizations and cultural purposes, which clearly indicates that it was not one single person who invented it; rather its evolution happen through time.
This article intends to give you a brief insight about the different cultures that have witnessed the presence of eyeshadow in different forms, names, purposes and usages. The oldest clues have been found in ancient Egypt. Around 10000 BC, the people there used a cosmetic stick around their eyes. This was known as Kohl. Both males and females used to wear this eyeshadow.
They believed that this protected their skin and improved their eyesight. In the 7th and the 8th centuries BC, Greek traders used to sell the eyeshadow called fucus. They sold it all over the world. Basically, this fucus was colored in blue and green, and it became a high fashion in that time. Their sale is considered to be a milestone in the Greek economy.
With the Egyptians and Greeks growing there empires, the Romans were not lagging behind anyhow. The materialistic Romans desired eyeshadow and imported it from all over the world. They treated eyeshadow with such relevance that at one point in time they started relating it with their religious purposes. They believed that it repelled the evil forces. Even India has witnessed the presence of eyeshadow. In around 5th century in India, people used to decorate their body including the eyes, with Henna. Henna also played the decorative role in religious services and soon after it led to the use of imported Kohl from Egypt.
Near the 10th century in Iberia, a very famous physician, named Abulcasis, wrote a large treatise on the various areas of medicines. He dedicated one entire volume to the use of eyeshadow and other eye related cosmetics. He related eyeshadow as something that prevents the eyes from diseases, and enhances the overall beauty of a person aesthetic. In the beginning of the 11th century in Japan, women used to decorate the corner of their eyes with crushed petals of flowers, bird droppings and rice flower to enhance their beauty. They applied it using brushes made up of wax. It goes without saying that eyeshadow has come a long way.