Makeup or cosmetics are substances that are applied to the human body to enhance the appearance of a person, specifically the face. It is also used for cleansing, and is made up of chemical compounds from natural sources, as well as synthetic.

There are three classifications of makeup: everyday, medical and theatrical. Everyday makeup is the most commonly used which is applied daily to enhance the natural look. Medical makeup has higher pigments than the everyday makeup and is used to hide scars, reduce the visibility of rashes and other skin issues. Theatrical makeup is used to depict the character of an actor in a role.

Facial powder, foundation, concealer, lipstick, lip gloss, eyeshadow, blush, mascara, eyeliner and nail polish are the most commonly used makeup.

Lower cost makeup contains less pigment that impacts its colour and longevity. On the other hand, high-end makeup has more quality in terms of longevity, especially with waterproof makeup. Some even contain perfumes and are packaged elegantly.

Hypoallergenic makeup contains no ingredients that cause skin problems and other allergic reactions, so it is best for those with sensitive skin. Organic makeup is made from plant substances that have not been treated with pesticides. Some may have been made from natural compounds and minerals.

Permanent makeup, or cosmetic tattooing, is also very popular. Women find this more convenient because it saves time putting on makeup every day, especially for working ladies who are always on the go. It also holds the promise that you are always, at all times, looking good even after a long day of work, gym workouts, sports activities, dancing all night and waking up in the morning with makeup in place.

Why do people wear makeup? Aside from the fact that it is to enhance oneʼs appearance, some feel more confident when wearing makeup especially when some blemishes need to be covered up. Wearing makeup for some is a way to pamper oneself. Since social networking is prevalent, wearing makeup projects your best look online. It is also considered as the cheapest solution for a makeover as well as to impersonate famous celebrities like Madonna, Marilyn Monroe or Lady Gaga.