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In contrast to popular belief the use of makeup is not a modern-day trend and it may have started long before the Egyptians In an archaeological find in Spain shells were discovered that scientist believe were used to hold ancient forms of makeup Leading archaeologist believe the first use of makeup may have been by the Neanderthals as much as 50000 years ago Prior to the discovery of the Neanderthal stained shells in Spain it was believed that the Egyptians were first to use makeup starting around 10000 BCE It then spread to Ancient Greece and Rome There is even a reference of kings wearing makeup in the old testament Ezekiel 2340 And furthermore that ye have sent for men to come from far unto whom a messenger was sent and lo they came for whom thou didst wash thyself paintedst thy eyes and deckedst thyself with ornaments Makeup was found to be used in Persia and Japan After that decline in use is apparent until about 1000 AD It then begins to reappear in the Middle Ages but later to be found unacceptable by the Victorian Age That did not last long however in 1908 Selfridges openly sell makeup to the public After 1870 the popularity of makeup never dies down50000 Years AgoUntil recently it was thought that modern humans were the first to use makeup This theory has since changed During an archaeological dig in Spain researchers discovered pigment stained sea shells that is now believed to be remains of makeup In an interview with BBC archeologist Joao Zilhao states this is the first secure evidence for their use of cosmetics the use of these complex recipes is new Its more than body painting The following is an excerpt from the PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences January 19 2010Wednesday Two sites of the Neanderthal-associated Middle Paleolithic of Iberiadated to as early as approximately 50000 years ago yieldedperforated and pigment-stained marine
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