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Exquisite Smokey Eye Looks

Smokey eye makeup that is so trendy today originated hundreds of years ago, how interesting! Let’s discuss the history of this trend in detail.

At the time of Pharaohs, black eye makeup done with kohl was believed to protect men and women from various eye infections that were so common in the dry and dusty deserts.

Then this dark eye makeup trend spread to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa where, by the way, people put on kohl to get protection from curses till the present day.

In the Middle Ages, dark eye makeup went out because powdered wigs and pale complexion came in. And then this trend could be relegated to the dustbin of history but, luckily for us modern fashionistas, it was saved by performers in the theatre. Performers used vivid makeup to be seen from afar. Then such makeup was imported into motion pictures.

In the beginning of the 20s century, a young guy Max Factor improved the quality of beauty products and invented our beloved word – ‘makeup.’

At the peak of the popularity of silent movies, women began to copy the beauty trends they observed on the screen. At that same time, scientists discovered the Tutankhamun’s tomb, which led to the emergence of Egyptian-mania. Thus, in the 1960-s, dark eye makeup experienced a huge comeback.

Brigitte Bardot became the first icon of the smokey back then. And due to Mary Quant’s lipsticks and eyeshadow collections, women had a possibility to copy their favorite smokey look.

And the smokey look as we know it now appeared in the 1990-s and stayed in ever since.

As you can see, the history behind the smokey look is quite exciting. And we got so inspired that we created the whole photo gallery with the trendiest smoky eye looks of today. Let’s explore them!

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