What is going on here I hear you ask?! All will be revealed. I’ve taken a little bit of a sabbatical recently, as I’ve been busy studying amongst other things. Now it’s time to share with you a little of what I’ve been up to.
I’m currently studying Egyptian Sekhem & Gem Mastery, which fits in so well with the colours, aromas and crystals I already practice. The Ancient Egyptians sure were a clever bunch and much of it is fascinating. What about the makeup though? I’m loving this ‘new’ look.
Appearance and colour were very important to the Ancient Egyptians and we’re all familiar with the heavy eye make up, but it is so much more than just the makeup. The pictures in the gallery were part of an exercise to connect with the Goddess Hathor (Goddess of Love or Cow Goddess). The little ‘hair do’ is intended to replicate the Hathor ‘do’. Apparently she wore her hair braided around her head, but as my hair is too short for that I was informed to weave some ribbon around my head. Well, actually I attached it to a hair band first.
I have to say that as I looked into the mirror, I barely recognised myself, I looked and felt very different. I’ll tell you now, a bit more about the makeup they used. Firstly the eye shadow of lovely green. That was actually made back then of crushed Malachite crystal mixed with egg white, acacia resin or milk of figs. The eye shadow is called Udju. Interestingly, the Malachite is linked to Goddess Hathor (also known as Lady of Malachite), and so the Egyptians thought that wearing this green eye makeup would bring them under the protection of this Goddess. Being crystal of course the eye makeup has healing properties and may have protected them from sun damage and eye infections. If you know crystals, you’ll know that Malachite is in fact toxic except in polished form, so I can only guess that what was mixed with it to bind it together, prevented any toxic side effects !!
Now the eyeliner of course, is Kohl, which we still use today. The Ancient Egyptians would have used black, I used brown, purely as that is what I had in my makeup bag! This too was thought to have magical and healing powers and was made up of ground minerals and crystals. This too, was thought to prevent infections in the eyes and also to assist the eye sight. No Specsavers back then obviously :-)
So, there you have it. Makeup Ancient Egyptian style! Why not have a go yourself? It’s good fun and takes you back a few thousand years. Perhaps you might feel a link with those times.
I hope to be offering various Ancient Egyptian healing in due course, so watch this space. I will be posting a little more on various bits and pieces, over the coming weeks. For now, the therapies and services on offer remain available.