It’s as true today as it was in the classic world. Although the reasons to wear them may have changed, cosmetics themselves have been a pervasive force throughout the whole of recorded history. It’s not difficult to see why, either. Cosmetics offer a control over our appearance. They give us a chance to transform ourselves. With the right application, a person can enhance their favourite features, draw a person’s eye to where they want it to go, or even transform the way they look entirely.
Transformative powers have been coveted throughout history, and it’s easy to understand why. When one breaks it down, cosmetics are simply another form of alchemy. Alchemists spent thousands of years trying to understand the secrets of the universe, and to create devices and agents meant to transform the base elements of the world into things of value and refined beauty. This is the heart of using cosmetics, to create beauty and elegance from the natural minerals of the world.
One of the earliest alchemists was a woman named Cleopatra. Although her work would later be attributed to the Egyptian queen of the same name, Cleopatra the Alchemist was a figure prominent in the 3rd century, one about whom very little is known. Even the idea that she could be a singular woman has been called into question. Several theories suggest that she is in fact a pseudonym, used by a group of alchemists to publish their findings, guided by inspiration from a hand as old as the figure of Minerva herself.
We believe in the power of cosmetics. We believe that you should be able to look how you want, and express yourself as you wish. That’s why we’re proud to offer you Vampyre & Occult cosmetics, to give you the tools you need to define your own aesthetic, and begin your makeup adventure. Because, after all…
Cosmetics are magickal.