You might think of makeup as a modern invention, but people have been using cosmetics to upgrade their appearance for thousands of years. Back before things like indoor plumbing or automobiles were even a far-off dream, people recognized the importance of using various materials to enhance eyes, color lips, lighten skin and even polish nails or dye hair. Archaeological evidence reveals that Egyptians living as early as 5,000 BC applied kohl eyeliner, shadows made from copper and lead, red ochre cheek and lip stains, and henna to hair and nails. They even melted animal fat to soften skin and keep a supple, youthful appearance.
Of course, things are much easier for the modern cosmetic fan. Even corner drugstores sell a wealth of makeup products, and cosmetic superstores allow you to try almost any product before you buy it. Advances in science mean products are made not from the lead and copper of the past, but from ingredients perfectly synthesized in the lab to provide the very best results.
Yet just as all that variety provides plenty of options, it can seem overwhelming to anyone who isn't a professional makeup artist. Think you can identify some of the more common cosmetics and makeup techniques? Prove it with this quiz!