Eyeliner: For millions of beauty lovers, it's an indispensable tool, but how much do you really know about this makeup staple?
1. It dates way back in history.
Eyeliner first arrived on the scene around 10,000 B.C in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
2. And it wasn't just women who used the eyeliner.
Men actually accented their eyes with a heavy, black color, too. Clearly, they way ahead of the goth trend of the 1980s.
3. Eyeliner wasn't always used for aesthetic purposes.
Its original function was more than just making your eyes look big and bright. It was intended to protect eyes from the sun god, as well as to ward of the "evil eye."
4. It was out of fashion — until the 1920s.
Eyeliner wasn't always popular: From the to around the 1920s, it fell out of style among Western cultures. In 1922, King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in a highly-publicized excavation by archaeologists, which helped make a big comeback.
5. Early 20th century liner wasn't as easy to apply as it is now.
Rather than the easy-to-use versions of today, consisted of kohl, giving it a smokier appearance rather than the smooth style we're used to.
6. That sleek cat eye isn't as old-fashioned as you may think.
In fact, liquid liner wasn't around , so if you're planning on dressing up as a '20s or '30s starlet, be sure to keep your eyeliner smokey, not winged.
7. Tightlining could cause vision problems.
According to a small study published by the journal Eye and Contact Lens, applying eyeliner to your waterline (the inside of your lashline) could actually harm your vision because makeup could migrate into your eye. Ouch!
8. Men are starting to use it again.
That's right: Guys are rocking it now, too. In fact, a that one in 10 British guys wear makeup including concealer, lip balm, and — yep — eyeliner.