Humans used cosmetics as a mode of self-expression long before we even had the skill to write about them, and they're an enduring universality among otherwise diverse cultures. But although the root ideas behind cosmetic use (darkening eyes, making nails and lips bright) have been around since time immemorial, the incarnations of the products we use to get the job done are a lot more recent. Take my quiz to find out how much you know about the history of your favorite products and learn a little about the inspiring women and men who invented our concept of beauty — and even the very word "makeup."
When Was Mascara Invented? Take the Quiz!
Eugene Rimmel invented mascara, and it became so popular that "rimmel" is still the actual word for mascara in several languages. In which century did he invent his revolutionary formula?