Monday, May 28, 2007

History of mascara

The first mascara product was made-up by Eugene Rimmel in the 19th century. The word "rimmel" still means "mascara" in several languages, as well as French and Italian. This woman's eye has had mascara applied to the lashes. The word mascara derives from the Italian mascara, which means "mask”. Modern mascara was created in 1913 by a chemist named T. L. Williams for his sister, Mabel. This early mascara was made from coal dust mixed with Vaseline petroleum jelly. The product was a success with Mabel, and Williams began to sell his new product through the mail. His company MayBeline, a combination of his sister's name and Vaseline, eventually became a leading cosmetics company. Mascara was available only in cake form, and was composed of colorants and carnauba wax. Users wet a brush and rubbed it over the cake, then applied it to the eyes. The modern tube and wand applicator did not appear until 1957, when it was introduced by and founded by Helena.


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