Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kohl trivia

I was curious why so many cosmetic companies sell eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara using the color name "Kohl".

Egyptians used a dark powder mixture of burnt almonds, lead, oxidized copper, ochre, ash, malachite, ore and/or other ingredients and called it Kohl (don't try this at home). It was an early version of mineral makeup.

Egyptians colored their eye brows, and the upper and lower eyelids with Kohl, extending it way beyond their eyes.

Egyptians believed Kohl reduced eye infections and was a remedy for restoring poor eyesight.


Anonymous said...

Kohl wasnt just used in Egypt. it has been used for thousand of years in India and it still is. they even put it on their children routinely to "ward off the evil eye" Sharon Lewellen

DJ said...

Thank you Sharon for sharing that information about Kohl. I found it very interesting - especially children and the evil eye!