The use of makeup dates back to ancient times, with evidence of its use in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
In ancient Egypt, both men and women used makeup, with kohl being a popular product used to darken the eyes. They also used henna to dye their nails and hair, and used various types of cosmetics made from natural ingredients such as minerals and plants.
In ancient Greece and Rome, both men and women also used makeup, with red and white lead being popular products used to color the face. They also used perfumes, creams, and oils to enhance their appearance.
It is difficult to pinpoint an exact date of when makeup was invented as people used to use natural elements to enhance their looks and were not recorded. However, the invention and mass production of makeup as we know it today, with ingredients and formulations that are considered safe for human use, started in the 19th century.
It was during this time that new technologies and innovations in chemistry made it possible to create more stable, long-lasting, and consistent makeup products. Many of the makeup brands we know today were established in the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Maybelline, Revlon and L'Oréal.