For the Egyptians eye make up is something that is very important. There is some religious significance for the kinds of eye makeup that they wear. They gave a lot of importance to beauty and make up formed an essential part both for men and women. The favorite kinds that they preferred were black and green. Many continue to wear this make up, though some have towards our modern cosmetics.
- Clean the face well before you start applying the makeup. Make the stick or the equipment with which you will be applying the makeup slightly damp or moist. Dip it in the kohl so that it sticks to it. Close your eyes lightly and hold the applicator or the stick at the inner eye. With the eyes still closed, carefully without hurting yourself apply the makeup to the eye pulling the applicator from the inner eye outwards.
- Then apply mascara to the eye lashes, so that they will appear thick and full
- If you want to use eye shadow, put it on before you apply the kohl to the eyes. As usual you can start by applying the foundation on the eyelids and the area under the eyes. Use a light coloured eye shadow according to the skin tone. You could use vanilla, cream of even the hues that could remind you of Egypt such as gold. This application differs from the normal way in which you would do it.
Types of Egyptian Eye make up:
- · The Egyptians mainly used two types of make up- Udju and Mesdemet. Both the types of Egyptian make up were not only used for styling but also had some kind of spiritual purpose.
Udju or Egyptian Green Eye Make Up
Udju, made from malachite, a green ore of copper is green in colour. It is believed that Mount Sinai, the source of this green copper ore was under Hathor, the ancient goddess of beauty, joy, love and women and by wearing this make up the person was under the protection of this goddess against any harm and evil.
Mesdemet or Egyptian Black Eye Make Up
On the other hand, Mesdemet is dark gray in colour and is made of lead. Used mainly by the inhabitants of the Red Sea Coast, the significance behind this kind was that Pharaoh on his return journey from a far off land brought this back and gave it as a gift to many. as galena it
The cat eye make up that they put for their eyes giving it the almond shape was mainly due to the respect and reverence for cats.
Galena is another major component in Egyptian make up. It has been found that this silver grayish mineral protects the delicate skin of the eyelid from the intense heat in the desert. However, the Egyptians believe that this will protect them from the evil eye. It is still used today and is obtained easily by the kohl.