Mascara, blush, rouge, lipstick, makeup… Common words and common enough objects; you can find one of these things in a woman’s handbag along with many other beauty products and knickknacks. 🙂 Makeup surrounds us and nowadays it is easily accessible and caters to any budget. From the cheep and cheery (or is affordable the more appropriate word?) to the very luxurious ones. Whatever your budget or desire you’ll find something for yourself.
But as with any common object that we use daily we rarely stop to think about its origins and history. Come now tell me how much do you think about the history of a fork or spoon or a chair? I’d wager you don’t think about it at all. 🙂 And after all why should you? The history of everyday objects is not taught in schools. It is neither glorious nor relevant enough to be a part of the history curriculum filled with Europeocentric diplomatic history, men and wars. We barely manage to fit women and other cultures in there. I apologise if this is not the case in your country, but this is (in my opinion) a pretty good estimation of Croatia’s history curriculum.