Cosmetics appear to have been first used by the ancient Egyptians, who accented their eyes and other features with concoctions that actually included toxic elements like lead and mercury. Today's discount makeup items are safe to use for all ages and are popular for everyday use as well as costume parties and theatrical productions.

At the base of the cosmetics industry is foundation. This makeup is available in various skin tones and is usually spread over the face before any other makeup is applied. This skin-perfecting product can diminish the appearance of fine lines, discoloration and acne and is available in liquid, powder, and mousse form. Concealer, a related cosmetic, is similar yet thicker in coverage and can be used to cover up pimples and dark under-eye circles.

A Rainbow of Cosmetics Is Available to Dollar Stores

Blush is another essential cosmetic for many women. This product can literally make a women look like she is blushing and adds a youthful glow to the face. Blush can be found in shades of red, pink, peach, or even plum. While powder blushes are considered the easiest to use, cream or gel blush can last longer and can yield a more natural look.

Powder is used to finish and set a fully made-up face and also absorbs oil, reducing shine. This cosmetic is also available in the full range of skin tones--from very fair to deep--and is made in pressed or loose varieties.

Dollar Store Merchandise provides retailers around the world with a comprehensive selection of cosmetics and display options. The company can be contacted at or 1-877-549-5210.