White for the face, black for the eyes and red for the lips and the cheeks, there are the principal colours used by the women of the ancient Mediterranean world to makeup themselves, as confirmed by the description of the habits given by Ovid1 or Tertullian2. But what about the materials used? A multi-analytical approach for the study of cosmetics samples from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds enlighted us about the diversity of materials used3,4.We propose here to focus on Raman and SERS results obtained on pompeian samples to show the complexity of the formulation of roman cosmetic powders.
As beautiful as the woman in Ancient Rome : an overview of the Raman studies on cosmetic powders from Pompeii / E., Van Elslande; Gamberini, Maria Cristina; Baraldi, Cecilia; P., Walter. - STAMPA. - ..:(2009), pp. ...-.... (Intervento presentato al convegno RAA2009, 5th International Conference on the application of Raman spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology tenutosi a Bilbao nel 14-18 September 2009).