When you hear the words ‘beauty’ or ‘makeup’, you’d immediately associate it with a world that’s dominated by women. Because that’s all most of us have ever known, right? History will tell you otherwise.
Dating back to the ancient times, men have used makeup for a variety of purposes based on their culture. Earliest recordings date back to 3000 B.C. in China and Japan, where tinctures of gum arabic, gelatin and egg were used to stain fingernails to signify their status in society. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs wore black eyeliner as a symbol of wealth and power and used green malachite shadow to ward off harmful illnesses.
Eighteenth-century France saw the trend of painting beauty marks. Clark Gable in the 1930s became the first example of metrosexual beauty. The '70s and '80s birthed timeless icons in the form of David Bowie and Prince.