Here’s another thing the Romans did for us; women’s make up

Here's another thing the Romans did for us; women's make up

English Heritage says their discovery casts new light on the daily habits of women in Roman Britain.
Ms Moffett added: “When we think of the Roman period, conversation is often dominated by the masculine realms of influence, from Emperors and politics to battle tactics, but of course women played a key role. 
“It’s these functional, everyday items that really paint a picture of relatable women, to whom make-up was wholly accessible, following the trends of the time and using tools so similar to the ones we use today.
“It was the  Romans who introduced this sort of makeup for women and it was widely adopted by the native female population. The habit continued until the fall of the Roman Empire when the spread of Christianity led to very different ideas about female modesty.”
To accompany its reassessment of the objects, which are going on display for the first time at Wroxeter Roman City from Wednesday, English Heritage has released a tutorial on YouTube showing the techniques which would have been used by women in Roman Britain to apply make-up using the applicators.
Taking inspiration from known images of the Empress Julia Domna, who with her husband Septimius Severus spent three years in York in 3rd century AD, the tutorial demonstrates how to apply eyeliner using a replica cosmetic grinder.
The videos are presented by fashion historian Amber Butchart and makeup artist Rebecca Butterworth, who have previously recreate looks from history – including Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, Queen Victoria at Osborne on the Isle of Wight, and the Georgians at Kenwood House in London.
Wroxeter, or Viriconium as it was called by the Romans, was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, with bath houses, markets and a thriving forum. 

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