Makeup facts: the history of Kajal (Khôl)

Chanel Ecriture de Chanel eyeliner pen, Mac Feline kohl power eye pencil, The Balm Stewing eyeliner, Urban Decay Ink for eyes waterproof precision eye pen, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye-pencil in Perversion, Maybelline Master Kajal khôl liner, Maybelline eye studio lasting drama gel eyeliner 24h, Mac Backtrack fludiline, Maybelline Master precise liquid eyeliner.

Throughout the centuries people always tend to enhance their appearances and to use makeup for a lot of different purposes besides this one. One of the most widespread ways to emphasize the look and to use it as a protection against sun and sand, as the ancient people believed that times, was the use of the black Kajal – a black eye paint in the form of the cone-shaped stick.

Kajal gained its popularity very quickly – especially in Egypt – we all do remember wonderfully outlined eyes of pharaons and egyptians depicted on the walls of pyramids. Then, their influence spread fast to the territories of South Asia, Middle East and North Africa. But the most prominent use of Kajal for all those centuries accounts for India and Arabian countries – have you every seen women living there without the perfect black eyeliner? or without their eyes’ waterline colored deep black and the same black eyeliner smudged around? I have to admit – this technique definitely suits them. Maybe, because they were using the Kajal for generations and generations – making it even appropriate for men and children for special occasions.

Kajal became the biggest hit in western countries around 1960-s with Brigitte Bardot and her unbelievably thick black eyeliner on upper lid and smudged liner on the lower lid. She remained the icon of beauty and fashion for many years since spreading the trend of kajal and black eyeliner all over the world. Nowadays, we can’t basically imagine our lives without the winged black eyeliner.

Nevertheless, the kajal liner better know as khôl is very rarely seen in its original cone-shaped form – more often than not you will recognize it as a pencil, sometimes automatic ones. But, from time to time it is still released in the original shape – amongst both drugstore and luxury brands. Right now, you can easily get a Kajal in Guerlain the Original Creamy Khôl me Kajal eyeliner ($40.00) and in Maybelline Master Kajal ($7.99), also seen on the photo above.

It is honestly admirable, that Kajal – the makeup item that survived centuries – has nowadays set one of the most popular trends in make-up for many more centuries to come, as black liner on the upper lid could never be out of fashion due to its incredible ability to instantly make your eyes look way more beautiful and vivid if it’s what you’re looking for.

I hope my post was entertaining for you! =D

If you have any questions – leave them in the comments below and I would be glad to answer them!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea

Products featured in the post: Chanel Ecriture de Chanel eyeliner pen, Mac Feline kohl power eye pencil, The Balm Stewing eyeliner, Urban Decay Ink for eyes waterproof precision eye pen, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye-pencil in Perversion, Maybelline Master Kajal khôl liner, Maybelline eye studio lasting drama gel eyeliner 24h, Mac Backtrack fludiline, Maybelline Master precise liquid eyeliner.

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