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Neanderthals wore make-up

Scientists claim to have found shells used by the Neanderthal's to hold body paint. Black sticks of the pigment manganese, which may have been used as body paint by Neanderthals, have previously been discovered in Africa. "[But] this is the first secure evidence for their use of cosmetics," he told BBC News.

Egyptian eye make-up may have had health benefits

New research suggests that the heavy eye make-up worn by the ancient Egyptians may have have medical as well as aesthetic benefits. Lead researcher Philippe Walter said: "We knew ancients Greeks and Romans too had noted the make-up had medicinal properties, but wanted to determine exactly how." The researchers used a tiny

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