Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics

It turns out women in ancient Egypt had a similar ritual to modern women for getting ready in the morning and for going out at night--many wore makeup, including eyeliner and eyeshadow.

Black liner was made of kohl, and colored shadow was made by crushing stones and minerals, such as malachite.

This striking photo was taken at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. The mannequin on display depicts an ancient Egyptian woman applying cosmetics.

ancient Egyptian woman applying cosmetics
photo by Keith Schengili-Roberts

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