Since the days of Nefertiti, Egyptians as early as 10,000 BC used cosmetics regardless of sex and social status for both aesthetic and therapeutic reasons. Oils and ointments were rubbed onto the skin to protect it from the hot sun. Usually white make-up to deflect the light was applied. Black make-up made with carbon and lead. Green make-up from malachite and copper. Red ochre was ground and mixed with water, and applied to the lips and cheeks, painted on with a brush.
Cosmetics have been used throughout history and civilization’s matters of practicality, such as protection from the sun; class system; or the idea of beauty.