Here are a few simple ingredients that could help in getting your natural make-up basics right:

Katechu (Kattha): Paan was chewed by most women because it gave the lips a reddish hue.

Bees Wax: Has skin softening properties, and continues to be used in the manufacture of lipsticks and lip balms.

Saffron: Was used for colouring lips, and in making ‘kumkum’, and ‘sindoor’. It is still widely used in most herbal brands.

Cornflour: Was used in the powdered-form to make the face fairer, while also reducing the growth of facial hair over a period of time.

Sandalwood powder: Was used as a make-up base, and it gave a fine texture, and left a cooling effect on the skin. Sandalwood paste too, was used in ancient India by women, and they applied it on their bodies for its antiseptic properties, and cooling effect on the skin.

Hibiscus and Rose Petals: Was used in dried and powdered form as a natural blush-on.

Haldi (Turmeric): Well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, is still used in South India, to make kumkum at home, as synthetic kumkum could contain lead derivatives and cause hair loss.

Henna: Was used due to its cooling properties, and to decorate parts of the body. It was also used for the hair, to leave on a brown-reddish tinge.

Shea Butter: It is derived from Shea tree, native to Africa, and was used to manufacture body lotions, lipsticks and lipbalms. It is also an active ingredient in modern cosmetics too, and is a good skin-hydrant.

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