Cleopatra’s affair with midnight extended far beyond the velvet Egyptian sky. On nights when the sky appeared without company, she would match its blackness by applying activated charcoal all over her face and body and pray to give her skin clarity and her face vitality. As the clouds parted and the moon shone down, the sky would draw toxins, bacteria, dirt and oil from her skin, and grant her the light of the missing stars.
In ancient Egypt, goat milk was considered a delicacy and revered for its mystical powers. The Egyptian people believed that the divine milk was a heavenly token and a wonder cure for dull skin. As they applied the holy milk on their bodies, they would find that it would glisten on their lips, arms and ankles, gently peeling back dead skin and revealing younger, fresher layers underneath
On the banks of the River Nile, long after dusk had fallen, the ancient Egyptians would conjure secret potions of saffron, stardust and river water that would nourish their skin. These potions of extrodinary properties infused light into their faces, toned their skin and blew blemishes away. Inspired they began rubbing saffron paste on their faces to invite lustre and luminescence