8 Of The Interesting Facts About Makeup
Makeup has existed for thousands of years. In ancient times tar, lead and other elements we wouldn’t dare put on our skin today, were applied to beautiful faces all over the world. Now we’re much more conscious about what we put on our skin. The ingredients and trends may have changed throughout history but one thing has stayed the same…women love how wearing makeup makes them feel gorgeous, powerful, and sometimes even more confident. The cosmetics industry has grown so much over the years & the statistics and facts about makeup have too. I thought I’d share 8 of the most interesting facts about makeup that I’ve see. Some of these might blow your mind! 1. You know the shimmer & shine in some cosmetic products like nail polish and lipstick? Where do you think the “shimmer” comes from? Well, we can thank our little fish friends! Yes! The FDA has approved fish scales in your beauty products. So shimmer & shine on my friends!!
2. In the Victorian Era, makeup was most popular with prostitutes, actresses, working class women and women of questionable morals. Needless to say, many women chose to go “all natural” to avoid being mistaken for a “working girl”. England almost passed a law that allowed men to divorce their wives if they caught them wearing makeup.
3. Waterproof mascara was first introduced around 1938 & one of its main ingredients was turpentine, which is often used as a paint thinner.
4. Every year there are close to 900 million lipsticks sold worldwide. So that means almost every single person in the United States could own three tubes of lipstick! (I’m pretty sure I own enough for at least 5 people.)
5. Some laws never get tossed out no matter how outdated and ridiculous. In order for a woman to wear makeup in Morrisville, Pennsylvania she must get a permit first.
6. In the 1400’s, the “hairless” look was in. Women shaved their foreheads, plucked their eyelashes and even their eye brows.
7. In the Elizabethean Era (1550 AD) , coal tar was used as eye liner, mascara and eyebrow pencil. The downside? It smelled bad, caused blindness and is flammable.
8. Women spend an average of $15,000 on makeup in their lifetime & an average of $784 a month on beauty products while 94% of these women are in debt. (Apparently women have no problem spending money on makeup & beauty.) I think Tyra Banks says it best, “Makeup is the great beauty equalizer. We don’t all wake up with naturally sculpted cheekbones, long lashes or plump lips but we can use makeup to take what we have & transform it into what we want.”