The Fascinating History of Eyeliner, From the 1920s to Today

Amanda Montell

You might think that eyeliner was always part of a classic beauty routine, but until the 1920s, the average American woman had never even heard of eyeliner.

It's true—every girl's must-have eye makeup product burst onto our country's beauty scene less than 100 years ago. In part, this had to do with women abandoning fashions of the Victorian era and embracing new influences from stage actors, dancers, film stars, and photography.

But eyeliner's popularity didn't really skyrocket until the year 1922, when archaeologists discovered King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt. This event introduced the western world to Egyptian eyeliner styles, which quickly caught on in the United States.

Over the past 100 years, American eyeliner styles have evolved in the most fascinating way, and we've gathered photographic proof. Keep scrolling to see vintage photographs of eyeliner styles through the decades!

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