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Various cosmetics

Cosmetics (also called makeup, make up, or make-up) are products used to make the human body look different. Often cosmetics are used to make someone more attractive to one person, or to a culture or sub-culture. In Western culture, women are the main users of cosmetics. Their use by men is less frequent, but see shaving products, soap, shampoo and anti-perspirant. All cosmetics are temporary. They need to be renewed after a certain time. Cosmetics include lipstick, powders (e.g. blush, eyeshadow), and lotions as well as other things.

Cosmetics are also widely used in the world of acting.

History of cosmetics[change | edit source]

An 1889 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painting of a woman using cosmetics
Kissproof face powder from 1926.

The word cosmetics comes from the Greek κοσμητική τέχνη (kosmetikē tekhnē), meaning "technique of dress and ornament", from κοσμητικός (kosmētikos), "skilled in ordering or arranging"[1] and that from κόσμος (kosmos), meaning amongst others "order" and "ornament".[2]

Archaeological confirms use of cosmetics in ancient Egypt and Greece. Cosmetics used included:

The Ancient Greeks also used cosmetics.[4][5] Cosmetics are mentioned also in the Old Testament.

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References[change | edit source]

  1. κοσμητικός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  2. κόσμος, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  3. Official lifecell reviews website
  4. Lesley Adkins, Roy A. Adkins, Handbook to life in Ancient Greece, Oxford University Press, 1998
  5. Bruno Burlando, Luisella Verotta, Laura Cornara, and Elisa Bottini-Massa, Herbal Principles in Cosmetics, CRC Press, 2010