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Updated: Jan 29, 2022

1. Roman women used drops of belladonna to make their pupils look bigger and sexier. Of course, belladona is a poison, so this practice did not last long.

2. The Aztecs used beetles to make red lipstick.

3. Elizabeth Taylor allegedly banned other women on the set to wear red lipstick.

4. Cleopatra is said to have soaked the ship's sails in perfume so that everyone could smell her arrival. Looks like her perfume was her signature.

5. Feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton wore lipstick as a symbol of free speech when campaigning for the right to vote.

6. Research shows that the Sumerians were the first to invent and wear lipstick about 5,000 years ago. They crushed precious stones to decorate their faces, lips and eyes.

7. The ancient Egyptians wore lipstick to emphasize their social status rather than sex. This was also common in Roman times, men painting their lips to show their social rank.

8. Also in ancient Egypt, kohl-based products for darkening the eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows were very widespread. Kohl was made from coal, honey, water and crocodile feces.

9. Nail polish from China around 3000 BC. it was made from a mixture of egg whites, egg with beeswax, gelatin, dyes and gum arabic.

10. In the 16th century, tar was used as mascara, eyebrow pencil and eye pencil. It is worth mentioning that it was highly flammable and caused blindness.

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