Project Title

Ancient Egyptian Beautification Practices: Production, Application, and Importance

Author Names

Taylor MaupinFollow

Authors' Affiliations

Taylor Maupin, Department of Management & Marketing, College of Business & Technology, East Tennessee State University, TN

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Management & Marketing

Additional Sponsors

none

Type

Oral Competitive

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Project's Category

Arts and Culture, History, Commercialization

Abstract Text

Ancient Egypt is renowned for its extensive use of beauty products, but the image of Ancient Egypt modern media presents to consumers today barely expresses the importance of these products and practices. This paper details the production, application process, and function of these products and describes their importance in relation to modern society. The four functions of cosmetics (Religion, Aesthetics, Status, Health) are used to examine why beauty rituals are important to the Egyptian society, and modern beauty trends are contrasted with those of Ancient Egypt. Culture and industry movements and their catalysts explain the connection between past and present beauty ideals and standards. Overall, this paper determines Ancient Egypt’s profound impact on the modern beauty culture.

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Ancient Egyptian Beautification Practices: Production, Application, and Importance

Ancient Egypt is renowned for its extensive use of beauty products, but the image of Ancient Egypt modern media presents to consumers today barely expresses the importance of these products and practices. This paper details the production, application process, and function of these products and describes their importance in relation to modern society. The four functions of cosmetics (Religion, Aesthetics, Status, Health) are used to examine why beauty rituals are important to the Egyptian society, and modern beauty trends are contrasted with those of Ancient Egypt. Culture and industry movements and their catalysts explain the connection between past and present beauty ideals and standards. Overall, this paper determines Ancient Egypt’s profound impact on the modern beauty culture.

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