Focus on… Traditional Indian Make-Up

Today I would like to tell something about indian make-up. This kind of popular tradition is extremely interesting because it tells us that make-up has been existing since ages and it is not an invention coming from the twentyfirst century.

One of the typical indian and muslim countries products is kajal,  which eas later imported by the western countries. This kajal is made from a black dust obtained from a special root and leaves belonging to a plant, which has to get dried: it should be applied with a proper stick. It’s interesting to know that it is used for both women and men, even besides children. Kajal has a beauty function but it is especially used for a favourable aim, because Indians think that kajal can keep away all the negative influecies. Everything is used in order to get favourable rites: polycrome special dusties you can find in the markets, perfumes and hair-oils as well.

Indian women like to make their skin heller and brighter and they use special face-masks made up of  white sandalwood dust  in order to get this effect. The traditional red little point, called “tika”, which many indian women wear above their forehead is another decorative element traditionally used by Indians, even if it was originatelly born in order to communicate the non-widowhood condition and it is therefore worn both by married and unmarried women. You have to draw it in the very centre of the forehead, in the region of the so-called “third eye”, according to the ancient traditions.

Many of these traditions take their origin from the induist rituals practiced in the temples. Rituals and religious beliefs are very different according to the many indian regions and according to the different muslim influencies as well, like for example the tradition of putting some make-up on hands, designing and decorating your hands by using hennè. Hennè is used in traditional transformation rituals as a deep symbol of good omen. The more the hennè colour is dark, the more you’ll be lucky in your lifetime. The most famous hennè is that one coming from Rajasthan, an indian desert region.



~ by makeupyourlife on June 28, 2010.

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