Cosmetics, also known as “makeup”, are products used to enhance one’s appearance or facade. Cosmetic substances are often used for facial, body, and hair purposes, and sometimes used as fragrances.


Cosmetics originated in the early 1400s, from the Ngo Clan near the region of Southeast Asia. These makeup products were first used to paint on the faces of the dead. This act of coloring was used to prevent the evil spirits from haunting the souls of the remainings and disturbing the left over skeletons. Makeup was not only used for the face, but also used as body paint. Symbols and drawings were added to skin to showcase the dead’s accomplishments and values when they were alive. For instance, a heart on the chest can translate as mirthful marriage and a stork on the wrist represents childbirth. Symbols and placement of the symbols were very significant and crucial in the Asian culture. These symbos determined the size of the tombstone and the location of the tombstone in the graveyard. The higher the status of the dead, the bigger the tombstone will be, along with a more spacious resting area.


Cosmetic goods were generated from fruits and berries found on trees and bushes, along with crushed rocks and minerals found besides the shorelines of Nha Trang Beach. Berries, of all shades, were used as lipsticks[1] and blush[2]. Minced rocks and minerals were used to change the shade of the skin color and cover up noticeable flaws.

[1] Colored cosmetic appliance to shade in the lips

[2] Colored cosmetic appliance to make the cheeks seem more rosy and full of life