Watch 2,000 years of makeup trends in just six minutes (video)

Oct 21, 2015 at 5:45 a.m. ET

Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who is used to working on the likes of Keira Knightley, Cara Delevingne and Kate Winslet, made herself the model for her latest video, "The Best and Worst Makeup Moments in History."

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To launch her book FacePaint: The Story of Makeup, Eldridge takes us on a journey spanning 2,000 years of makeup trends, beginning with Egyptian times, when both men and women of all classes wore makeup on a daily basis.

Egyptian makeup
Image: Lisa Eldridge/YouTube

In Ancient Greece obvious makeup was frowned upon — apart from an enormous monobrow, it seems — and plants and fruits were used to provide subtle colour.

Makeup trends ancient Greece
Image: Lisa Eldridge/YouTube

Fast-forward to the end of the 19th century and the public perception of makeup was changing. The birth of the silent movie and female emancipation helped makeup become a symbol of strength, with women keen to make a statement by copying the dark sooty eyes and small rosebud mouths of vamps and flappers.

1920s makeup
Image: Lisa Eldridge/YouTube

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No makeup video is complete without the rainbow eyes of the '80s.

1980s makeup
Image: Lisa Eldridge/YouTube

"The Best and Worst Makeup Moments in History" doesn't just remind us which makeup trends are best confined to the archives (mid-18th century blush overload springs to mind…)

Mid-18th century makeup
Image: Lisa Eldridge/YouTube

It's also a great reminder that, nowadays, anything goes. We have the freedom to mix and match our makeup styles, wearing as little or as much as we please. We can pair a '20s rosebud mouth with a monobrow à la Ancient Greece and that's perfectly OK.

Two thousand years of makeup trends
Image: Lisa Eldridge/YouTube

Watch Eldridge's video in full here: 


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