Face painting: Where did makeup come from?

Updated: Oct 9, 2019


The day of the dead in Mexico is an annual festival where people often paint their face to reflect the theme.

Do you feel uneasy around #people who wear excessive amounts of make-up? Face-painting and #cosmetics have served many purposes throughout #human #history. From tribal #ceremonial practices, to exemplifying #beauty and #embalming the dead in #Egypt, they've been a staple in concealing #identity.

One of cosmetics more #sinister uses has been to scare enemies when facing #battle. By painting the face in a certain way or wearing a #mask, warriors were able to evoke #fear into the opposition #weakening their ability to #fight.

While the #battles today aren't so lethal, it could be argued that "face-painting" still plays a similar role in the #boardroom or at the cash #register. Customer service staff are often referred to as the #frontline in #business, so it stands to reason why some customer facing #employees feel the need to wear an #elusive "mask".

For more information on the use of #traditional face painting and its uses, check out the link.

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