Style of the Nile

Re-creating the chemistry and cosmetics of Queen Nefertiti

By Robert Kunzig|Wednesday, September 01, 1999

Nefertiti had large thighs. She had large thighs, a decidedly fertile-shaped belly, and ample hips accentuated by the smallness of her chest. In Egypt in the fourteenth century B.C., she was a paragon--her name meant "the beauty has come"--and yet Nefertiti did not rely on her natural looks alone. She applied makeup in bold strokes, outlining her almond-shaped eyes in black and darkening her brows. So did her husband the Pharaoh.

Full text of this article appears in Discover magazine.

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