Beauty Booty: Egyptian 5,000 Years Old Had Painted Red Finger And Toenails

Cosmetics were applied in ancient times in ancient Babylonia, Egypt and China.

Not only did women of antiquity shave off unwanted hair, use rouge, beautify their eyes and color their lips, but they also stained the soles of their feet with henna and touched up their breast nipples with purple dye, according to a book called "How Did It Begin?"

Did you know that Jezebel touched up her face before throwing herself out of the window so that she could make a great-looking corpse? Throughout history, men have tried, with little success, to prevent women from using cosmetics.

They didn't do it for morality or religion. They did it in self-defense. In the second century A.D., Clement of Alexandria encouraged a proclamation of law to prevent women from tricking men into marriage by means of cosmetics.

In 1770 a bill was introduced into the British Parliament which demanded:

"That all women of whatever age, rank, degree or profession, whether virgins or maids or widows, who shall from and after such an act impose upon, seduce or betray into matrimony any of His Majesty's subjects by the scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool, iron stays, hoops, high-heeled shoes, bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty of the law in force against witchcraft and like misdemeanors, and that the marriage, upon conviction, shall stand null and void."

A century later, a disappointed husband sued his father-in-law on the grounds that the woman he married looked nothing like the women he found in his bed the next morning. He wanted "compensation suitable to her real, and not her assumed, countenance."

Taken by themselves, cosmetics do much for a woman psychologically. To remedy feelings of inferiority caused by dry skin, dull eyes, pale lips or the effects of aging, she applies such emollients and make-up to give herself a pick-me-up.

Cosmetics even cut through class distinction. They foster democracy and give every girl and woman a chance to shine and be equal.