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Eyeshadow History and Application


Eyeshadow is a cosmetic that is applied to the area between eyelids and the eyebrows. It is used to enhance the wearer’s eyes, making it more attractive and stand out by adding depths and dimensions. It is usually found in the form of powder or mica, but nowadays there are also liquid, pencil and mousse forms available.

The History

Modern as it seems today, eyeshadow has actually existed since ten thousand years before Christ in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians had paid a lot of attentions to the aesthetics of their bodies. They cleaned themselves with scented oils and ointment, rouged their lips and colored cheeks, decorating their nails with henna and they use kohl on their eyes. Kohl was applied using small sticks to the eyelids to give them an almond-like shape. The ancient Egyptians believed that kohl could reduce eye infection, reduce sun glare and restore eye health. Kohl was used by men and women alike. The shape in which kohl was kept was still used today as the standard palette for the cosmetic.

In Rome, kohl was also applied largely to protect them from ‘evil eye’, which is a form of sorcery to cast bad luck or injury to the person they targeted. Later on in Greece and Rome, kohl became means of aesthetic purpose and they build an empire of trade in the Mediterranean Sea with various perfume and cosmetic goods. You might also read Jewelry Designs 2012 Trends.


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The Application

Nowadays, the make up is often applied mainly using brushes or fingers. The thing to pursue during the appliance is the blending of the colors. Apply the lightest shadow first, followed by the darker one above it and the darkest color at upmost. Choose a color that will make your eyes pop, either by a different shadow of the same color or contrasting the colors altogether. Nowadays, besides being an aesthetics tools, eyeshadow also functions as a fashion statement in the gothic community and in theatre and plays to create various effects.


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