When it comes to accepting natural skin, human civilization has come a long way.

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From the first days

Like many ancient makeup items, foundation contains extremely strange ingredients.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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Besides the beauty benefits, makeup also serves the purpose of showing class in society.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

Photo: Painting of Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist (Wikipedia)

And so, after many decades, a pale, chalky face became the supreme standard of beauty, an unjust and autocratic standard coming from a dominant race and class in society.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

Photo: Scene from the movie Marie Antoinette (2006)

Makeup in art

When it comes to white skin, you will probably easily think of countless works of art that illustrate this beauty standard.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

Photo: Botticelli’s painting `The Birth of Venus` (Wikipedia)

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

Photo: Three Charites goddesses in Botticelli’s Primavera painting

This face also appears in Elizabethan works, with the queen herself always appearing with powdery white skin and striking red hair.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

Photo: Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I

The Elizabethan period was also the time when white makeup really became popular, even among the working class.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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The death and resurrection of makeup

By 1760, smallpox spread throughout England.

About 60 years later, an anonymously published book, The Art of Beauty, offered an opinion on makeup that had never existed before.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

Photo: Queen Victoria (Wikipedia)

By the 20th century, the role of makeup changed to a more practical purpose.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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Colored makeup powder

By the 20s and 30s of the 20th century, colored makeup began to become popular.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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The banana powder revolution in the 60s was started by Hollywood makeup artist Ben Nye.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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Makeup powder today

Whether in powder or compressed form, makeup powder has become one of the products that is always present in the bags of beauty enthusiasts.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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Another type of modern makeup powder is powder-to-cream products.

Follow the history of makeup – From aristocrats to the streets

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