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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Make-Up Art History Part 2

Since most cosmetics in the old times contained dangerous ingredients such as arsenic and lead, wearing make-up often resulted in a declined health and eventually it was used to hide all kinds of conditions and illnesses, which associated make-up with poor health.

This was all turned around in the 18th century by the French, when red lips and cheeks were considered to be indicators of health and joy, but it didn't last very long before the pale, 'sick' look became popular again, but that too was short-lived

Theatre and ballet greatly influenced the use of make-up by the end of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century, but the greatest change was made by Hollywood and the movie industry. The pale appearance was replaced by a suntanned look as a symbol of health and wealth and during the 1930s make-up became available and affordable to everyone.

During the 1970s, the selection of make-up was extended to suit every skin tone and nowadays the choice in cosmetics, colors, formulas for different skin types, and even retailers are numerous.

Even though it is said that beauty comes at a price, at present it doesn't cost much; make-up is very affordable and due to regulations and the use of natural ingredients and components it is no longer a health hazard.

It has kept its main quality though; it dramatically changes your appearance!

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