FACTS: 5 Facts About Ancient Egyptian Eyeliner

In ancient Egypt, black eyeliner was called KOHL(pronounced "cole")
ancient Egyptian cosmetics jars and tools
Ancient Egyptian cosmetics jars and tools.
by Jean-Pierre Dalbera
Read on for 5 Fascinating Facts about Khol
  1. How it was made: Ancient Egyptians made their traditional eyeliner cosmetic by grinding together a combination of malachite (a bright green mineral), lead, and oil or fat with a mortar and pestle. The liner was then stored in a pretty container.
  2. To apply khol eyeliner, the wearer used a small stick. A line was traced around the upper and lower lids, and extended toward the ear. The cat-eye, taken to the extreme.
  3. Unisex: Both men and women wore kohl.
  4. Special properties: Ancient Egyptians believed khol liner had magical and healing powers.
  5. Ancient sun protection: Khol probably helped reduce the sun's glare, the way a football player uses black cheek stripes beneath their eyes. This would've been pretty useful, since sunglasses hadn't been invented yet!

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