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20 Interesting facts about beauty

Interesting facts about beauty, there are a lot of things to know about beauty (like how to pick the right shade of blush and which iconic mascaras are actually worth it). But for those who love a quick fact or stat, this post is for you.

The founder of Maybelline, Tom Lyle Williams, named his brand after his sister Mabel, who used to make her lashes look thicker and darker by using a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust.

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The ancient Egyptians created the first makeup out of copper and lead ore.

The first nail polish was invented in China in 3000 BC. Thank goodness the formula has been adapted over the centuries, because this first nail polish consisted of beeswax, gum, egg whites and coloured powder.

Some makeup products in the 1930s contained radioactive material. The brand Tho-Radia made a range of perfume, face powder, lipstick and other products that contained thorium chloride and radium. It was believed that radiation was good for the skin. Needless to say, these products are no longer on the market.

According to the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research, almost two in every three (64 per cent) Australian women (aged 14 and over) buy some kind of make-up in an average six months. Foundation is the most popular item overall, purchased by 36 per cent of women, ahead of mascara (26 per cent), lipstick (23 per cent), face powder (21 per cent) and eyeliner/eye pencil (19 per cent).

Revlon was the first brand worldwide to introduce red nail polish to the market.

In the 19th century, lipstick was given its red colour by adding carmine dye, which was extracted from cochineal, scale insects from South America that live on cactus plants.

In the 1800s, eyeshadows and lip stains often contained poisonous ingredients such as mercuric sulphide and belladonna.

The tube of mascara we know today was first manufactured and packaged in 1913 by Rimmel.

In medieval times, women went to great lengths to obtain a pale, porcelain skin, including placing leeches on their bodies to drain their blood, making them seem paler!

Over 80 per cent of skin ageing is caused by everyday sun exposure (not just at the beach!). So make sure you’re always carrying SPF products with you.

It wasn’t until the 1920s, when Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburnt on a yacht trip, that tans became popular.

Tanning is said to have become popular when Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburnt while holidaying on a yacht. Of course, now we’re a lot more aware of the consequences of sun-tanning and know that a faux glow is the way to go.

Before L’Oréal launched the first hairspray produced for the mass market in 1960, women had to choose between slicking their hair down with a greasy brilliantine or using a mechanical sprayer to coat it with shellac dissolved in a solution of water and alcohol.

During the Second World War there was a shortage of cosmetic products. Makeup was never rationed, but there was a lack of ingredients – resources such as alcohol and petroleum had to be used for war supplies instead.

BB cream stands for ‘beauty balm’, CC cream stands for ‘complexion correcting’ and DD cream stands for ‘daily defense’.

To date, the oldest perfumery was discovered on the island of Cyprus. An archaeological team unearthed evidence of a massive perfume factory dating back 4 000 years during the Bronze Age.

The famous Chanel No 5 perfume got its name because Coco Chanel approved and preferred the fifth sample that perfumer Ernest Beaux developed for her.

Max Factor, a popular and affordable brand most of us are familiar with today, started out in 1904 as a company by the founder with the same name, manufacturing made-to-order wigs and theatrical makeup for the growing film industry. Ten years later, in 1914, the grease-like face paint used on stage and film was made into a cream with a thinner consistency and packaged in jars.

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