History behind Make Up
Make up started to be used as early as 4000B.C to enhance beauty. Ancient Egyptians, the first known to have created this worldwide craze, shows images of Egyptian ladies wearing makeup around their eyes. It was understood that the main reason for this ritual was to please the gods, as women felt their appearance was directly related to their spiritual worth.
The eye makeup applied was called mesdement (from the ancient Egyptian word msdmt) a mixture of copper and lead ore around their eyes. Green shades then went on the lower eyelids and black and dark grey was applied to the lashes and upper eyelids. It was thought that dark colours were said to ward off "evil eyes".
To complete the ornate look around the eyes, they added almond shapes of dark-coloured powder (later called kohl) that might have been a combination of ingredients such as burnt almonds, oxidised copper, copper ores, lead, ash, and ochre.
The connection between beauty and spirituality remained for centuries until the Romans came into power and discontinued many of the Egyptians cosmetic formulas.
Since then the way people express themselves has evolved enormously. The cosmetics industry makes billions of pounds annually and fashion has set the standards for beauty.
In one form or another it is the perfect way of expressing a person’s inner passion through the art of make up!
For merfolk it is the perfect solution to expressing their devotion to all things mer related.
Below are some fabulous creations to get your creative juices flowing!
Mermaid Make Up Art
Not forgetting our Mermen!
Mermen Make Up Art
There are lots of tutorials available to help you stage by stage, why not start with our favourite below!
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