12 Surprising Beauty Tricks Folks Actually Used In Ancient Times

My first job right out of college was behind the counter at one of my favorite beauty stores. I loved being able toget an earlyglimpse whennew products would arrive, especially if I got to test out a sample.

Ialways assumed cosmetics were a fairly modern development in the grand scheme of the world’s history, but it turns out that men and women have been finding ways to accentuate their features with makeupall the way back to ancient times.

As someone who loves the products of today, I don’t think I can say I’d try very many of these if I was around way, way back. You have to give the folks from history some credit for creativity, but sometimes beauty just isn’t worth it.

Take a look below to see all the strange and surprising techniques early humans relied on, and let us know if we missed any you’ve heard about from the past. And don’t forget to SHARE with your friends!

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1. Copper-Paste Eye Shadow


Egyptian men and women both liked to adorn their eyes with paste made from malachite. Unfortunately, they also tended to include toxic lead in their cosmetic as well.

2. Burned-Almond Eyeliner


Another Egyptian trend involved charring almonds to use the ash as eyeliner, or “kohl,”which helped blend the look of their lashes and accentuate the eyes before mascara came around.

3. Mulberry Rouge


Greek women who were among the wealthy class would crush the berries and create rosy pink cheeks on their powdered white skin.

4. Ox-Hair Unibrows


That’s right, in ancient Greece, ladies were fond of having a single line for their eyebrows and would use ox hair or powder to fill in the gap between their naturally separate brows.

5. Barley And Butter Spot Treatment


When Romans found themselves with a pesky pimple, they would mix barley flour and butter and apply it directly to the blemish.

6. Sheep-Blood Nail Polish


This seems like a pretty extreme way to give yourself a manicure, but ancient Romanswould combine the blood with the animal’s fat for a nice red polish.

7. Mineral-Powder Faux Veins


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Roman women wanted to appear as pale as they possibly could, which meant tons of pale powder and using blue-hued mineral powder to create the look of veins to really seal the deal.

8. Milk Bath Treatments


Cleopatra was famous for many things including her beauty, something she reportedly achieved by taking regular baths in moisturizing milk and honey.

9. Rose-Water Toner


Egyptians, including Cleopatra, would soak in the floral water to reduce their wrinkles and shrink their pores.

10. Avocado Moisturizer


Ancient Aztecs relied on the oil from the delicious food to keep their hair and skin from drying out in the hot summer sun.

11. Emu-Fat Moisturizer


Over in Australia, Aboriginal tribes used the oil and fat from the backs of the flightless birds as sunscreen and moisturizer.

12. Honey And Oil Cold Cream


We usually think of our grandmothers using cold cream back in the 1940s and ’50s, but it actually dates all the way back to ancient Greece when a physician named Galen combined sticky honey and slick oil. He also called it “cold cream” based on how it felt when applied tothe skin.

Did we miss any super-old-school tricks you’ve heard about from ancient times? Let us know below, and be sure to SHARE with your friends!

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