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Eyeliner evolution

I always think you can tell a lot about a girl by the type of eyeliner she uses and how she applies it…..seriously it’s true. Not only does fashion and culture dictate the application but tastes and trends effect the wearers choice.With Powder/wax based pencils, Kohl pencils, liquid eyeliner, gel applied with a brush and now Benefits latest offering of gel liner and applicator in one (They’re Real Push up Liner)….our options for the perfect line now are limitless so I thought I’d have a little look into how eyeliner came about and it’s influence over the ages.

The history of eyeliner dates back to ancient civilizations and has been worn by both men and women alike.  Though the ingredients and application methods have changed, the look remains oddly consistent. From Cleopatra to Amy Winehouse the wing has traveled through the centuries only to reemerge stronger that ever before!

As early as 10,000 BC Egyptians were donning various cosmetics not only for aesthetics but to protect the skin from the scorching desert sun.  Research has also speculated that eyeliner was worn to protect the wearer from the evil eye.Ancient Egyptians used kohl eyeliners produced with a variety of materials and ground into a paste.In 1920’s the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 fascinated people worldwide and had a strange effect on the women of America.  They had finally won the right to vote and thanks to the influence of early silent movie actresses, seemed to assert their independence more freely.  Gone were the days of pinching the cheeks for a subtle blush.  Fashionable young women began to recreate the Egyptian eye by using eyeliner liberally.

The face of the war era woman was clean and simple.  Though very little if any eyeliner was worn around the eyes, the shortage of items during the World War I led to an interesting use of eyeliner.  Jackets with short skirts became all the rage for young women but silk stockings were unavailable.  Some very enterprising ladies, accustomed to making do, used black eyeliner pencil to draw a black line up the back of their legs to simulate a stocking seam. Clever 🙂

The 1960s brought about the invention of liquid eyeliner and we saw the reemergence of the cat eye. and it was applied to create thick black lines around the eyes in the fashion industry, a trend championed by Twiggy.  Then came the 1970s and 80’s which gave birth to several new fashion types that used eyeliner in new ways. Punk and Gothic fashion relied on dramatic eye effect, and eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara were some of their most used cosmetic products, even men got on board!!

So now it seems we have gone full circle and eyeliner is now used more that ever before. With a culture accepting of all fashions and replicating and updating vintage styles the black stuff has become an integral part of most makeup looks and our makeup bags not to mention the popularity of it on every Catwalk with any gravitas.

So with all this in mind….which eyeliner do you go to use each time you apply your face? have you ever considered trying another look?

As always please comment below and ask any questions at all!

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