Mascara Through the Ages - A Brief History of this Iconic Beauty Product

Mascara Through the Ages - A Brief History of this Iconic Beauty Product

For many, mascara is an essential part of their makeup routine and there is a good reason for this.  Mascara can transform a person’s look in seconds, defining the eyes to make them stand out.  But have you ever wondered about the history of this important cosmetic?  Let’s take a journey through time and explore the history of mascara.

The earliest records of mascara use can be traced back to ancient Egypt, between 3,000 and 4,000 BCE.  Egyptians used kohl to darken their eyelashes and eyebrows.  Kohl was made by grinding galena (lead sulfide) and malachite (a copper carbonate) into a fine powder, which was then mixed with water or oil to create a paste. The use of kohl in ancient Egypt was not just a cosmetics practice but also had a religious and cultural significance. The Egyptians believed that wearing kohl around their eyes would protect them from the evil eye and ward off diseases. 

Just like the Egyptians we have developed our own Pure Pigment Kohl Liner at Lash Star Beauty.  Kohl is a historically proven ingredient used for eye makeup. This eyeliner is smooth gliding, and enhances the eye to your liking. 

Pure Pigment Kohl Eyeliner

Mascara as we know today was invented in the 19th century.  In the 1830s, Eugene Rimmel, a French perfumer, developed the first commercial mascara, made from a mix of petroleum jelly and coal dust.  Rimmel named his mascara “mascaro,” which means “mask” in Spanish, as it was meant to mask any imperfections in the eyelashes.  Mascara truly became widely popular in the 1900s since it helped make eyes stand out and convey emotions.

The first mascara wand was invented in the 1880s by Helena Rubinstein, who used a mixture of petroleum jelly and black pigment to create mascara paste.  In 1913, a chemist named Thomas Lyle Williams created the first mascara that was available in the US.  He named it “Maybelline” after his sister, Maybel, who inspired him to create the product.


Throughout the 20th century, mascara continues to evolve.  In the 1950s, waterproof mascara was invented, and in the 1960s, the first mascara wand with bristles was created, making application easier and more precise.  In the 1970s, colored mascara became popular and in different shades like blue, green, and purple. In the 1980s mascara with added ingredients like vitamins, conditioners, and lash growth serums were invented. 

Mascara has a rich history that spans over a thousand years.  From ancient Egyptian kohl to the modern-day mascara with added benefits, mascara is a testament to human creativity and innovation, and has made the world of beauty a more exciting and vibrant place.  

Keeping in mind the historical significance of mascara, here at Lash Star we developed a Full Control Lash Sculpting Mascara that accentuates your beauty rather than masking it. Our mascara will always keep your eyes looking classic, full, and timeless.   



Full Control Mascara
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