The art of wearing makeup was invented approximately 12,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians. In the Egyptian culture, it was customary to adorn the body with a variety of scents and colors. Ancient Egyptian makeup was generally made from common plants and other ingredients.
While modern cosmetics are generally worn by women, ancient Egyptians of both sexes adorned themselves with makeup. The fact that much of early makeup was made from poisonous ingredients did not lessen its use. It wasn't until the use of cosmetics reached Rome and Greece that its use became more prominent among women, who were viewed as more desirable while wearing it.