Talk:History of cosmetics

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"The first archaeological evidence of cosmetics usage is found in Ancient Egypt around 4000 BC. The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used cosmetics. The Romans and Ancient Egyptians used cosmetics containing mercury and lead." Could we have some specifics and citations?

I quite agree, and will be trying to find some. In the meantime, all of this article needs expanding and referencing. I've added an expand tag to the article in recognition of the fact. -- TinaSparkle 20:10, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi everyone, I'm thinking of creating a separate page on Roman Cosmetics and linking it to here. Does that sound okay?

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Amanda naso (talkcontribs) 17:43, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

and i was like well your a BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!


What were they used for? Who used them? What did they use? This article needs a lot of work. It's missing a lot of important information. SadanYagci 20:20, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

--- Hi, I'm no editor and don't really know how all the rules and everything of editing works. I just wanted to say that the description of make up in South Asia was absolutely not exclusive to the geisha, and in fact was a tradition centuries before geishas existed. The make up described was common ceremonial make up for the upper class in both Japan and China. It would have been seen on a bride, for example.

Merge proposal[edit]

In its current state, this article is so weak that we should merge it with Cosmetics. Most of the content is off-topic or uncited. And most of the citations in the cosmetics articles are to .com sources, which would not be tolerated in better-developed areas of Wikipedia. Yes, the history would be interesting, but this article has been languishing here for 3 years and we still have an anemic report. Also, a lot of the article is not even history, but current practices. I propose that the merge to compress this material down to a good section within Cosmetics. --Smokefoot (talk) 17:15, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

Recently detagged, which seems fine. FeatherPluma (talk) 04:38, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

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Men and makeup[edit]

I would suggest adding more images of men and makeup as it will be more historically accurate. The way the article is written it seems that only women used makeup. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:15, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

Recent History - 20th Century[edit]

Cosmetic surgery was not invented that early. Women were not having breast augmentations until the 70's. And medical professionals still have not perfected a technique today. It's a dangerous procedure that is often botched and leaves huge scars. This a dangerous piece of misinformation that may have been written by a criminally insane plastic surgeon. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elizabethdmy (talkcontribs) 15:38, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

@Elizabethdmy: I believe this is the content you are objecting to (the only extensive discussion of cosmetic surgery at this article):
The content is well-sourced and I see nothing there that appears to be misinformation, to constitute a "dangerous" endorsement of cosmetic surgery or to minimize its risks. Perhaps you could be more specific as to the content to which you are objecting. General Ization Talk 16:24, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
If you are referring not to this content but to content found at the article Plastic surgery, which is linked in the first sentence above, please submit your comments at Talk:Plastic surgery rather than here, and be specific about the exact content you are objecting to. General Ization Talk 18:37, 27 September 2018 (UTC)


  1. ^ a b Elizabeth Haiken. "The Making of the Modern Face: Cosmetic Surgery." Social Research 67, no. 1 (March 2000): 81-97. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed March 29, 2015).
  2. ^ Lee Shu-Yueh and Naeemah Clark. "The Normalization of Cosmetic Surgery in Women's Magazines from 1960 to 1989." Journal of Magazine & New Media Research 15, no. 1 (April 2014): 1-22. Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed March 29, 2015).