In an amazing short YouTube video, makeup artist Lisa Eldridge documents the makeup history of the last 2,000 years.
Starting with ancient Egypt, where makeup was invented, Eldridge talks about makeup history's best and worst looks, while wearing each of the distinct styles. The short documentary visually travels through makeup history, showing off its most extreme, elegant and over-the-top looks. It's a fascinating way of emphasizing the valleys and peaks of makeup use. At the height of the French and Venetian aristocracies, for example, makeup history saw its glory days. Visible makeup, including white powder, lots of blush and even drawn-on, tattoo-like designs were displays of power and wealth. In Victorian England, by contrast, ostentatious makeup was frowned upon, and women wore minimal or no makeup at all.
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