Eyeliner may be a part of your daily beauty routine, but have you ever wondered what makes up this popular cosmetic? Much like mascara, eyeliner has actually been in play for millennia, as evident by the heavy eyeliner worn in drawings from ancient Egypt.

Kohl, a smudge-able, lead-based mixture, has been in use since the Bronze Age. While we’ve thankfully moved away from lead as a key ingredient, it’s still worth taking a closer look at what eyeliner is made of. Read on to learn about three ingredients that are in nearly every formula for eyeliner, whether it’s a pencil, liquid, or cream.

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