The idea of applying some kind of makeup is almost as old as the humankind itself. Any archaeologist or historian will confirm it.
Our remote ancestors from the Stone Age painted their faces for ritualistic purposes.Nobody knows exactly when and where cosmetics as suchcame into light, but in Ancient Egypt it did exist in a variety of products. Unguent for skin to keep it hydrated, kohl and soot for blackening eyelashes and the upper lid, a number of dyes for eyeshadows – that’s what could be in a cosmetic casebelonging to a grandee from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt.
Ancient Greeks and Romans used decorative cosmeticsenthusiastically. A Roman playwright Plautus, who lived between254 and 184 BC, wrote that “A woman without paint is like food without salt.”
Centuries passed, and the number of beauty products grew. Some of them, a bit improved, still exist, some of them disappeared, and for a good reason. They were simply poisonous – like white lead, arsenic, and mercury-containing substances, belladonna, to name a few.
The idea of beauty also varied through the centuries. For example, in Europe, pale skin was seen asa sign of prosperitysince Middle Ages until the last century. Pale complexion meantthat this woman lives life of leisure and spends little time outdoors.So,women used white lead paintand chalk to lighten colour of their faces. In Elizabethan England, women used egg whites for the same purpose.
By the way, noble men also wore makeup up tothe 19th century. For example, George IV, who ruled the Britain between 1820 and 1830,is known to spendplenty of money on powders, cold cream, scents, pastesand other cosmetics.
Nowadays women are twice lucky. First, they have a great variety of cosmetics, which at least won’t poison to death. Second, modern fashion isn’t dictatorial as it used to be. Now women can choose what kind of makeup to wear and whether to wear it at all. Lots of women make do with minimal set of skin care productsand ignore decorative cosmetics. Fortunately, nobody will say a word about itnow.
What is makeup for a XXI-century woman?
Some apply it to look more attractive.For some it’s a means of self-expression. Some just follow suit.
Some wearmakeup because they have to. There are professions, whereit is just a must for men and women alike. Ballet dancers, singers,and actors are the first who come to mind, because they perform on a stage. They are relatively far from the spectators and work under the stage lighting. So, they have to put on special makeup to look like human beings, not zombies.The same is true for TV presenters and participants of TV shows.
Also, wearing a slight makeup can be a part of the dress code for women in some companies. All in all, it means that millions of people apply make up every day.
AMELIA: A Perfect Makeup Every Time, Quickly and Easily
Do you wear makeup? If yes, you will definitely likeAMELIA, a makeup stationfrom Bellavista Collection. Since 2010, thisacknowledged brand offers a wide range oftop-quality Italian luxury furniture.
Bellavista cares for people and takes their needs seriously, including their need for comfort when putting on make-up. Attilio Zanni, the extremely talented Italian contemporary designer, created this makeup station with a single purpose: to help women enjoythis process.He succeeded: with AMELIA, applying makeup isfun.
If you get this makeup station, you will never be looking for your mascara or a lipstick anymore. Everything you need for a perfect makeup always will be within easy reach,handily placed into the special trays made offaux leather.
Everybody who has ever applied makeup knows how important it is to fully concentrate on what you are doing. Especially when you are putting on mascara… AMELIA allows you to sit at ease and do your face without haste.If you wish, the station will be equipped with LED lights for your convenience.
What is more, AMELIA has three inside mirrors,placed optimally so that you willput on your makeup easily andfaultlessly. The point is that nobody else will be staring inthese mirrors when you are doing your face.
And on the top of that, AMELIA lookssuperb indeed. Its matte lacquer surfaceharmonizes withfine ebony woodof the inside drawers and partitions. Antique bronze of thebase and handles excellently goes with top-quality belting leather of its top. The leather is of the color called ‘caffe’– a shade of dark brown, and accentuated with nice beige stitching.
AMELIA is more than just a piece of furniture – it’s a masterpiece. It’s the result of collective work, where everybodydid their part. Attilio Zanni contributed his talent, when creating the brilliant design. Bellavista Collection’s cabinet makers pitchedin their skill and passion for excellence.
In fact, each item from this brand is like that. Bellavista Collection is proud of being a company that manufactures truly high-end designer items. Furniture, boiserie, decorative elements, lighting fixtures, – in other words, everything you may need to create an ideal modern home. Bellavista’s products are already known all over the world and very popular with people who value outstanding modern design and top quality. That is why Bellavista’s showpieces regularly turn heads of visitors at prestigious trade events like Maison&Objet in Paris and Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in Milan.
Bellavista’s customers know that every piece coming from this brand is of impeccable quality. Bellavista Collection has never compromised on quality – and will never do it. That’s why any item from Bellavista you buy today is pretty likely toserve you for decades. And maybe, many years from now, your teenage granddaughter will be sitting at this makeup station, learning how to apply the mascara.