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15. Cosmetics


Cosmetics containers, Pompeii

 


Mosaic of a woman

 

Artefacts, frescoes, and mosaics are testimony of the attention that was accorded in ancient Pompeii to physical appearances.

Women began to use makeup regularly beginning in the 1st century AD: including beauty masques and lipsticks. Ointments, balsams, salves, and perfumes were made from plant extracts mixed with vegetable oils or animal fats. One of the most sought-after perfumes was rose-scented.

In Pompeii, the fashionable women's hairstyle was parted down the middle, while adult men wore their hair short.

     

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