Women at all times wanted to look beautiful. It is difficult to say when decorative cosmetics originated, but judging by archaeological finds that have come down to us, in ancient Egypt in about the nineteenth century BC women had already let their eyes down, dyed their hair and nails, and used lipstick. Of course, they used unsafe cosmetics: crushed turquoise, malachite, a mixture of antimony and fat, and sometimes ordinary soot.
Modern women are more fortunate. They do not have to use improvised means to emphasize their beauty. However, is all makeup safe and does it harm?
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