Fun facts about the little black dress - for your eyes. Eyeliner comes in a variety of shades, textures, forms and applicators. Here are a few interesting facts about eyeliner we recently stumbled upon and thought we'd share. Perhaps you'll be thinking about the early days of beauty next time you're drawing on that smoky cat eye!
A few years back…approximately around 10,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia eyeliner made it’s first appearance.
Eyeliner wasn't always used for visually aesthetic purposes rather it’s original intentions were to protect eyes from the hot sun and to ward off the "evil eye.”
The Egyptians used to make eyeliner out of pretty toxic metallic materials like lead, copper and antimony.
During World War II, due to a shortage of silk stockings women became creative with black eyeliner and drew a black line up the backs of their legs to fake a stocking seam.
Liquid eyeliner as we know it today used to create that solid, clean, cat eye line wasn’t around until the 1950s, so if you're going for a '20s or '30s starlet look, be sure to keep it smoky, not winged.