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History of Eyeshadow

History of Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is basically a type of cosmetic which is applied to the eyelid and the skin below the eyebrow to accentuate your eyes. Typically women wear it. But you can also find men wearing it in some theatrical or cultural performances. There are a number of eyeshadow available in the market in different shades, textures and brands. It has been worn by both women and men for many centuries. The history of eyeshadow goes way back to ancient Egypt and Greece. For example, in Egyptian culture both males and females used to encircle the eye area by dark dye, called Kohl, to make the eyes look like an almond shape. They also used to apply the powder eyeshadow sometimes with the help of stick.

Kohl is considered to be the first eyeshadow used. Many people still think that kohl was just crushed charcoal, but they are wrong. It was made up using many surprising ingredients like crushed antimony, oxidized copper, lead, burnt almonds, malachite, ash, and chrysocolla. Egyptians believed that kohl is really useful for the vision of the eyes as well. If you compare the modern and the ancient Egyptian eyeshadow, they both have almost similar application and use. In ancient Greece , the colored eyeshadow were used for decorative purposes. Iraqis used to believe that eyeshadow protected them from ‘the evil eye’. At that time it was used mainly by upper class people. They made it using different herbs, crushed stones, minerals and dried flowers.

Coming into modern day history, in the 1950’s, Helena Rubinstein made blue eyeshadow popular among the teens of her era. There has been a role model with blue eyelids in each generation since after. For example – Twiggy in 1960s, Cyndi Lauper in 1980s, Britney Spears in early 2000s and Miley Cyrus in mid 2000s, they all sported the blue eyeshadow in their generation.

The latest evolution in the eyshadow is the mineral eyeshadow. It came at the dawn of 21st century. It is made up using natural ingredients unlike other available eyeshadow. Some women complained of irritation and allergies after the application of eyeshadow. Mineral eyeshadow aims to resolve these issues, and because it does not contain any organic chemical, the chances of eye irritation are pretty low. The sales of mineral eyeshadow clearly show that women love this product. However, it should be noted that not all mineral eyeshadow have the absence of organic chemical.

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