By: Chanel K
Used in Egypt and Mesopotamia in 10,000 BC… yes 10,000 BC wow! Eyeliner was not only used for aesthetics but also to protect the skin from the scorching desert sun. At that time, Kohl was often painted around the entire eyelid to create an almond-shaped effect and was used by both men and women. Ancient Egyptians added lead salts to their black eyeliner to ward off bacterial infections.
“Eyeliner was not only used for aesthetics but also to protect the skin from the scorching desert sun”
The 1920s was a time where women started to apply makeup more liberally. This was partially due to the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, fascinated the world by the Egyptian queen’s beauty and more specifically American women who had finally won the right to vote and thanks to the influence of actresses like Clara Bow, women seemed to assert their independence more freely. These latest started recreating the Egyptian eye by using eyeliner without any restrictions. (Dark, thickly lined eyes were very trendy.)
“ Women seemed to assert their independence more freely.”
During the 1940s, everyone was doing his or her part to aid the war effort. Little to no makeup was worn at this time to conserve resources. The shortage of items during the World War one led to an interesting use of eyeliner. In fact, instead of being used as a makeup product, young women would draw long black lines down the backs of their legs to simulate the look of wearing stockings that were unavailable at that time.
“ ...draw long black lines down the backs of their legs”
The 1960s brought about the invention of liquid eyeliner and it was used to create thick black and white lines around the eyes in the makeup fashion associated with designers like Mary Quant. The sixties saw the emergence of the cat eye.
“1960s brought about the invention of liquid eyeliner”
Today eyeliner is commonplace and comes in a variety of colours and applications. Many women add it to their daily makeup routines or for a more dramatic look for a night out. Nonetheless, creating a perfect winged eyeliner look is not simple, and although it has been around for decades it takes mastery to be perfected. It is extremely difficult to match the ratio of each flick to achieve symmetry between each eye. Thankfully a new invention is on the 2018 market. The amazing product allows you to achieve winged eyeliner in seconds without hassle.
Introducing the VampStamp, this simple tool will save you time and effort when attempting a cat eye look.
“It is extremely difficult to match the ratio of each flick to achieve symmetry between each eye. Thankfully a new invention is on the 2018 market.”