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As long as there have been people, there has been makeup, and today, cosmetics can be found in almost every society on Earth. Here's the history of humans and face paint.  

"You are not born glamorous, glamour is created." - Max Factor

Many cosmetic materials still popular today—including kohl and henna—were first used in ancient Egypt.  We also know that Egyptians used castor oil as a protective balm and the Romans described them using creams consisting of beeswax, olive oil, rosewater, and more.

In ancient China, painting fingernails began circa 3000 BCE as a way to establish a social class.

Geishas are still famous for their striking makeup. They originally used lipstick made from crushed safflower petals to paint their eyebrows and lips and rice powder to color the face.

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