We actually have our pioneering Middle Eastern ancestors from centuries ago to thank for many of the tried-and-tested beauty tips and tricks that have shaped today’s cosmetic industry. Let’s take a look at some of these.
1. The Smokey Eye
Surprised? Don’t be. Both men and women used kohl in ancient times to trace the shape of their eyes for the now iconic look. Similar to today, they used a combination of eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow to create a smudged effect – which now has hundreds of thousands of YouTube tutorials on how to get the look.
2. Hair Extensions
The discovery of loose human hair in archaeological sites, according to an article published in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, suggests that wigs and hair extensions were commonly used in ancient Egypt.
Traditional oud, made from tree resin, holds a special place in Middle Eastern culture, and is now part of many brands’ perfume ranges.
4. Argan Oil
What is now considered a holy grail for shiny hair and moisturized skin is a beauty hack as old as time.
The Egyptians were the original beauty experts, creating rouge from red ochre, a clay earth pigment and applying it with a brush to the cheeks or as a lip stain. Almost like going back in time, isn’t it?
Source: Harper’s Bazaar Arabia