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Comparatively Speaking: Spectral Color vs. Perceived Color
By: Anthony J. O'Lenick Jr., Siltech LLC; and Nick Morante, Nick Morante Cosmetic Consulting
Posted: January 10, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth I of England used white lead on her face, and the ladies of her court colored their lips with red mercuric sulfide. For many years, rouge was used to color both the lips and the cheeks, depending on the fashion of the times. The people who wore these colors did not know what harm the materials caused, but the status perceived by this color use was important.
“Color cosmetics are an integral part of the cosmetics business and are designed to enhance the beauty of an individual. If one looks good, there is a good chance that they will feel better about themselves. That is what formulators in the color cosmetics and beauty business tend to strive for through art, science and creativity," added Morante. He explained, "Color is used in virtually every industry in a very wide variety of applications. In nature, color is diverse, can be found naturally and synthetically and encompasses every possible range of wavelengths in the visible light spectrum. The colorants used in cosmetics can also be of natural or synthetic origin.”