Making make-up in Ancient Egypt

  title={Making make-up in Ancient Egypt},
  author={Philippe Walter and Pauline Martinetto and George Tsoucaris and R. Brniaux and M. A. Lefebvre and Ghislaine Richard and J. Talabot and Eric Dooryhee},
The extensive use of green, white and black make-up has been known since the earliest periods of Egyptian history,. We have investigated cosmetic powders dating from between 2000 and 1200 BC that were preserved in their original containers. Quantitative crystallographic and chemical analysis of the organic and mineral components of the powders enabled us to identify two natural lead-based compounds: crushed ore of galena (PbS) and cerussite (PbCO3). We also found two unexpected constituents… 
Investigation of white pigments used as make-up during the Greco-Roman period
Different white pigments were used during antiquity to prepare white make-up for women faces. Combining observations and elemental analysis with structural information, we were able to determine the
Colorants and oils in Roman make-ups–an eye witness account
Abstract Archaeological cosmetics, as well as revealing ancient knowledge, contain a complex mixture of very different organic and inorganic components with diverse properties. Most information on
First Evidence Of The Use Of Freshwater Pearls As A Cosmetic In Ancient China: Analysis Of White Makeup Powder From A Northern Song Dynasty Lv Tomb (Lantian, Shaanxi Province, China)
The Lv family tombs in Lantian, Shaanxi Province are one of the most important archaeological sites of China in recent years, providing numerous objects and a wealth of information for the study of
Historical Evolutions of Lead-Fat/Oil Formula from Antiquity to Modern Times in a Set of European Pharmaceutical and Painting Treatises
Recipes describing the controlled mixture and reaction of fat/oil with lead-based compounds have been known and employed since antiquity until modern times. Two major fields have developed such
A Chlorite Container Found on the Surface of Shahdad (Kerman, Iran) and its Cosmetic Content
Abstract Analysis of a stone flagon found on the surface of the early urban site of Shahdad (Kerman, Iran) has shown that the vessel contained a lead-based cosmetic. Other finds recovered from the
A Non-Destructive Analysis by Neutron Diffraction Inside Make-Up Containers of Ancient Egypt
Our group has been studying the different cosmetic materials used in Ancient Egypt (about 2500-1000 BC) for five years. We have examined a large number of cosmetic powders, which are a representative
Inventing A Science of Make-Up
Since remote times, decoration and care for the body have driven the search for a variety of materials possessing decorative, and sometimes pharmaceutical properties. Examination of human
Not only wall paintings—pigments for cosmetics
Always very enlightening, the knowledge of the composition and production of ancient cosmetics has attracted the interest of diverse characterisation studies on archaeological residues in the last
Revealing the powdering methods of black makeup in Ancient Egypt by fitting microstructure based Fourier coefficients to the whole x-ray diffraction profiles of galena
Galena (PbS) is a major ingredient in ancient Egyptian eye makeup. The microstructure of PbS in Egyptian cosmetic powders is used as a fingerprint and is matched with the microstructures produced
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) investigations of ancient Egyptian cosmetic powders
The processing technologies available during the time of ancient Egypt are of present concern to the field of Archaeology and Egyptology. Materials characterization is the best tool for establishing


Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries
IN this volume the author has published with a change of title a second edition of his “Ancient Egyptian Materials” (1926). Those who are acquainted with the book in its earlier form will scarcely