- In 1952, roll-on deodorant was inspired by the ball-point pen.
- Bobbi Brown, Clinique and MAC are all owned by Estee Lauder.
- 'Dermatologist tested' does not mean 'dermatologist approved'.
- Drinking a lot of water apparently adds an instant glow to your face.
- Bubble bath, mouthwash and deodorant are all considered cosmetics.
- The United States has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery in the world.
- Egyptians used henna to stain their nails before nail polish was invented.
- Keeping make-up out of sunlight prevents destroying the preservatives in it.
- Swiss food company Nestle owns one quarter of the L'Oreal Cosmetics Company.
- In the old days, make up was used to frighten enemies, show social rank or make magic.
- The world s first ever cosmetics were created from copper and lead ore by ancient Egyptians.
- The word "cosmetic" comes from the Greek word kosmos, which means "of this world" or "worldly".
- Back in the days of old Egypt the same accuracy was needed to paint lips as to engrave hieroglyphics.
- "Hypoallergenic" means that the manufacturer feels the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
- Cleopatra was known to soak her ship's sails in perfume so the fragrance would reach Rome before she did.
- When the term "natural ingredients" is used, it means they are extracted directly from plants or animal products.
- The founder of Maybelline named the company after his sister Maybel who inspired him to create make up products.
- It is believed that make-up originated from the Chinese who made it from egg whites, beeswax, gum and colour powder.
- Cochineal is a red dye made of ground beetles and was used in ancient Incan and Aztec civilizations to colour lips and nails red.
- Ancient Egyptians had amazingly soft skin, because they used to apply swan fat to their face believing that it would make it soft.
- In Ancient Egypt, lipstick was made using dye from Fucus-algin, Iodine and Bromine mannite, the latter often causing serious illness.
- Eyeliner, mascara and eyebrow pencils used to be made from coal tar for many years. It was discontinued when they realized it causes blindness.
- Back in the Victorian era, makeup was seen as something reserved for prostitutes, actresses, working class women and women of questionable morals.
- Waterproof mascara has been said to have been first introduced in 1938 and one of its main ingredients was turpentine, which is often used for thinning paint!
- Because you wash your hands more than your face, it is not good to match make-up to the skin tone on your hands. This could make you choose a darker or redder tone.
- L'Oreal's largest single shareholder is 85-year-old French heiress Lilian Bettencourt, daughter of L'Oreal's founder. Worth an estimated $22 billion, Bettencourt is also the world's richest woman.
- The shimmer and shine in your lipstick and nail polish comes from fish scales. The FDA-approved colour additive, guanine (often called pearl essence), is also found in fragrances and hair and skin care products.
- In the medieval times, pale complexion was the ultimate sign of beauty. Many women would fake their paleness by using leeches or slashing one of their veins and draining the blood. What women won't do for beauty!
- The ancient Romans considered wrinkles, freckles, sunspots, skin flakes and blemishes to be unfavourable. To soften wrinkles, they used swan fat or donkey milk. Sores and freckles were treated with the ashes of snails.