Makeup, like fashion, has such a huge history, spanning across at least 7,000 years. From the Egyptians who applied kohl onto their eyes to the Greeks who added colour to their faces with red mineral pigments, makeup has since come a long way. And now, there’s going to be a museum dedicated to how makeup has progressed throughout the years.
Educate. Inspire. Celebrate. This is the mission of the Makeup Museum which is slated to open in May 2020 in New York City. It will explore the history of beauty and its ongoing impact on society, starting with its first exhibit ‘Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America’.
The 1950s was a pivotal point in history which started the modern makeup industry and was aptly coined by Time Magazine as ‘The Pink Jungle’ due to the intense competition among beauty companies and women’s persistent chase for beauty. The first exhibit will feature entrepreneurs like Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, Max Factor, Charles reason, Erno Laszlo, the Westmores, and Sally Hansen, among many others who made beauty accessible to everyone. There will also be historical artefacts such as skincare owned by iconic film starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo.
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Throughout the museum, there will also be digitally activated displays and interactive elements where visitors are encouraged to play with makeup and contribute their own creativity to the installations.
Tickets will be priced at USD25 to USD40, depending on the time day and day of the week and the opportunities to participate in additional experiences such as master classes and beauty services. Sign up for the mailing list here and you will be notified when the tickets go on sale in March 2020. Until then, check out the website or stalk their Instagram for more information.