We can’t even glance at instagram pictures without contouring or glitter makeup pictures, these beauty trends seem totally new but they are actually centuries old. And there are plenty of other beauty standards from the past that are majorly popular today. Today I am going to share history about 4 Ancient beauty and fashion trends from the past we use today.
Kim Kardarshian helped put contouring on the makeup map, but it is not actually a new invention. Shaping the face using light and dark shades has been around for centuries and if you go way back in time, it looks pretty much as ridiculous as those clown paint tutorials. Back then, it wasn’t about giving the illusion of a super-sculpted face for an instagram selfie, though. Makeup artists and stage performers used the technique out of necessity. In mid-1500s, actors on stage in Elizabethan England wanted the audience to be able to see their expressions clearly. So they applied chalk and soot to their faces, to help make their emotions stand out. But then contouring went through a more subtle stage.
Eyebrows have been big news for a while now, thanks in part to Cara Delevingne. Of course, people have been augmenting their brows for thousands of years. In Ancient Egypt, they painted theirs with carbon and black oxide substances. Unmarried ancient Greeks used black incense to touch up their eyebrows. Commercially made products were first available in the 1920s and we’ve been using them to color our brows ever since. And then came microblading, this semi-permanent technique is different to tattooing, as the effects last for up to three years before starting to fade. To minimize the discomfort numbing cream and liquid anesthetic will be given.
Then individual strokes are applied one by one with a special microblading pen. It is believed by some that the process dates back to the days of the samurai in Japan. There are stories of Samurai inventing a thin blade hundreds of years ago with geisha girls having microbladed brows, but there are other suggestions that it originated in China and ancient tattoo techniques 5,000 years ago.
Sticking gems onto your face is a old fashion festival makeup staple. And facial jewelry has also been feature of fashion shows for several seasons. It reached official trend status at the spring/summer 2016 shows, with gemstones and bejeweled cat-eyes gracing models’ faces on the runways. For 2017, the emphasis is on putting jewels around the eyes. Makeup artist Susan Posnick told Bustle that the key places for colored stones are along the lash line and the other corners of the eyes. But wearing jewels on your face, specifically in between your brows has a long history and religious significance in Hindu faith. It certainly did not start out as a beauty trend; it is actually a spiritual symbol, sometimes referred to as the third eye.
Glitter is all over beauty at the moment. Sure we’ve seen glittery nail polishes for quite a while. But this shiny stuff is crawling towards makeup, like the glitter lips that dominated the model’s face at Fendi’s spring/summer 2017 runway show. That’s thanks to makeup artist Pat MacGrath whose glitter collections sell out fast. And how about the glitter cuticles at Rodarte? Then there were shimmery shapes on faces and then glitter roots. They have become a must have, popping up on everyone’s instagram feed. Glitter make-up isn’t a modern invention; it dates back to ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, Greece and Rome.
They used sparkle in their makeup. They didn’t have the same kind of chemical advances as we do now, so how did they get that shimmer effect? An exhibition in London showed how dusting of finely crushed golden mica brought sparkle to their faces. The glitter we know today originated in New Jersey in 1934. Medowbrook inventions’ Henry Ruschmann found a way to grind up plastics to make them catch the light, and this company is still the leading glitter manufacturer in the world.
Which ancient beauty and fashion trends of the past are you onboard today?