In the bible there is evidence that Hebrew women were quite fond of beautifying their appearance. Whether or not the story was also improved upon is up to biblical historians but biblical translations state that the women painted around their eyes and stained their fingernails and hair with henna dye.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:
The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)
The Guild (Book 2)
The Last Quadroon (Book 3)
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