Cosmetics are made up of a variety of chemical substances taken from either natural or manufactured sources.
Cosmetics serve a variety of functions. Cleanse and protect the body or skin with those developed for personal care and skincare.
Makeup can be used to conceal flaws, accentuate natural features (such as eyebrows and eyelashes), add color to a person’s face, or completely change the appearance of the face to resemble a new person, creature, or item. Cosmetics can also be designed to give the body a pleasant scent.
Cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and balms are examples of skin-care cosmetics that can be used to wash, exfoliate, and protect the skin while also renewing it. Shampoo and body wash, which are designed for more general personal care, can be used to cleanse the body.
Makeup can be used to conceal blemishes, enhance natural features (such as the eyebrows and eyelashes), add color to a person’s face, and—in the case of more extreme forms of makeup used for performances, fashion shows, and people in costume—can be used to completely transform the appearance of the face to resemble a different person, creature, or object. Contouring is a technique for changing one’s appearance that tries to sculpt a specific part of the face.
Cosmetics can also be designed to give the body a pleasant scent.