Beauty Related Inventions

The history and future of makeup and beauty products.

Different lipsticks
Different lipsticks. Getty Images: Photographer Steve Wisbauer

Archaeologists have found evidence of cosmetics or makeup being used in Egypt dating back as far as the fourth millennium BC, including artifacts of eye makeup and objects used for the application of scented ointments.

Nail Polish

Nail color often represented social class. During the Chou Dynasty, (circa 600 BC) gold and silver were the royal colors. Later, royalty starting wearing black or red nail color. Lower ranking women were only permitted to wear pale tones. Wearing royal colors without the rank was punished by death.

Modern nail polish is a actually a variation of car paint.

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Hair Related Innovations

Underarm Deodorants



Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline petroleum jelly was patented on May 14, 1878.