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A Makeup Museum Dedicated To Iconic Beauty Trends Is Coming To NYC In 2020

It's hard to believe that makeup has been around for over 10,000 years. From the ancient Egyptians' use of kohl eyeliner, to Japan's kabuki and geisha makeup, to drag, and every day use, there is no doubt about makeup's powerful influence on society.

That's exactly why the curators of NYC's new Makeup Museum felt it was due time to finally dedicate a whole museum to the billion dollar industry.

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In a promotional YouTube video for the museum, makeup artist and blogger Cora Diane said, "I think it's important to have a museum for makeup to legitimize it."

"Whenever you have a museum of something, people sort of look at it differently."

Many of the makeup artists that spoke in the video emphasized how integral and significant makeup has been in influencing pop culture over time.

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The first exhibit at the May 2020 opening is dedicated to the 1950s, which both executive director Doreen Bloch and Bésame Cosmetic's CEO Gabriela Hernandez agree is the birth of the makeup industry we know today.

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The exhibit is called Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America, and will explore all the key players that, including business owners, celebrities, and the products themselves, made that era so pivotal.

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Guests can expect to really be able to interact within the exhibit, from viewing and learning about vintage products, to participating in various events yet to be determined.

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According to PR Newswire, people can now enter a waitlist for tickets on the Makeup Museum's website, although I'm not too sure where that form is.

However, you can absolutely sign up for their mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale in March 2020.

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There are also plenty of perks to downloading their mobile app, including access to express tickets, virtual exhibition tours, exclusive content, and even the ability to shop the exhibition looks.

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While you wait for tickets, I recommend reading Kathy Peiss' book "Hope In A Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture," which traces America's own relationship with the cosmetics world.

Will this museum be on your bucket list? Let us know!

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