How to Make Ancient Egyptian Makeup

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In the days of pharaohs and pyramids, ancient Egyptians wore bold make-up designs whether they were male or female. Such cosmetics included coal-coloured eyeliner, white face paint and deep rouges. Since this was obviously long before the commercial cosmetic industry, the ingredients used to make ancient Egyptian make-up were natural and naturally derived. Knowing how to make ancient Egyptian make-up gives you the opportunity to experiment with minerals and other natural colour sources to create looks inspired by Cleopatra herself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Assorted mixing dishes
  • Assorted mica minerals
  • Assorted oxide minerals
  • Disposable stirring wands
  • Beeswax pastilles
  • Carrier oil

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    Select kohl mica mineral pigment, which can be obtained with other needed ingredients from a wholesaler of mica and oxide minerals. Although in ancient times the Egyptians used galena, kohl mica is similar and can be obtained easily. Add 2 tbsp of the mineral to a small dish.

  2. 2

    Add 1 tbsp of beeswax to one of the mixing dishes. Add a tbsp of carrier oil like coconut or rose hip oil.

  3. 3

    Microwave the dish containing beeswax and oil until the contents of it are melted into a thin liquid. This takes anywhere from two to four minutes.

  4. 4

    Stir the beeswax and oil mixture with a disposable stirring wand as you gradually add the kohl mica powder. Transfer the melted, black goo into a cosmetic container such as a lip gloss pot or small tin. The eyeliner will harden as it cools to room temperature. To apply it, sweep a fine-bristled make-up brush across its surface and apply to your eyes.


  1. 1

    Add 2 tbsp of red ochre oxide mineral to a glass dish. This is the very same mineral the ancient Egyptians used to make their rouge formulas and can be purchased online or in craft supply shops.

  2. 2

    Stir in a tbsp of carrier oil. Stir with a disposable stirring wand until all of the ochre is completely dissolved. It will result in a sludgy substance the colour of blood.

  3. 3

    Microwave a bowl containing 1 tsp beeswax for up to four minutes or until it is melted into liquid.

  4. 4

    Drizzle the melted wax into the blood-red substance and whip it with the disposable stirring wand for an entire two minutes. As it cools it will settle into a firm rouge that melts on contact with the skin. It can be used as a lip colourant or blush.

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