What Make-up Did The Greeks Wear?


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The Greeks, mainly rich, upper class women - it was expensive - used (heavy) make up made up of white lead mixed with water to create a white paste which they applied to their faces, necks, shoulders and arms for a whiter, wrinkle-free appearance. Or they used white lead mixed with vinegar and crashed the oxidized parts into beauty powder. They used Soot for eyeliner, eyeshadow and eyebrows; while for lipstick they used seaweed, flowers and crushed mulberries. The makeup was so bold and heavy that under the Greek hot sun, the make up would run down the women's faces and necks... So, most of them stayed indoor when using make up (to avoid sweating).

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