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Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyelashes.It may darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define the eyelashes. Normally in one of three forms—liquid, cake, or cream—the modern mascara product has various formulas; however, most contain the same basic components of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.


Ironically, mascara packaging that we know today was released to the public only after era of Victorian fashion was at its very end. It was in 1913 when French chemist and perfumer Eugène Rimmel devised first industrial made non-toxic mascara.


Mascara was invented by the ancient Egyptians around 4,000 B.C. Egyptians used kohl to darken their eyelashes and eyebrows in hopes of warding off evil spirits and protecting their souls. Men and women both wore kohl. Kohl contained ingredients such as malachite, galena, charcoal, honey, water and crocodile stool.


The Birth of the First Mascara Product. In 1872, petroleum jelly was patented and the most prominent ingredient in mascara was born. It took many years until petroleum jelly was mixed to create mascara, but finally the invention was made. In 1917, Eugene Rimmel created the first packaged cosmetic mascara.


In the nineteenth century the first mascara cosmetic product for the use of women was invented by Eugene Rimmel. In the year 1913, modern mascara was created by a chemist T.L. Williams for his sister, Mabel. It was in the cake form. Helena Rubinstein introduced the modern mascara tube and wand applicator in the year 1957.


Eugene Rimmel invented the first mascara in the late 19th century. A more modern mascara was invented by T.L. Williams in 1913, and it was a cake like substance.


The first mascara ever made was coal dust and vaseline mixed together. That was invented by Mr. maybelline's daughters and he thought everybody else would like it to.


Chicago chemist Tom Lyle Williams invented Maybelline Cake Mascara, the first modern eye cosmetic made for everyday use. The product was named after Williams’ older sister, Maybel, who inspired its creation. Maybel wanted to enhance her eyelashes and brows and had previously relied on petroleum jelly and coal dust.


The first mascara was developed by Eugène Rimmel (yes, that Rimmel), a perfumer to Queen Victoria, and was primarily comprised of coal dust and Vaseline jelly. His invention caused quite a sensation.


The first mascara product was invented by Eugene Rimmel in the 19th century. The word "rimmel" still means "mascara" in several languages, including French and Italian. The word mascara derives from the Spanish word máscara or the Italian maschera, which means "mask".