Egyptian mummy mask of a Queen from 19th dynasty Reign of Ramesses II Ca. 1200 BCE ( Wood) This carved image of her almost looks like she’s coming to life. Research has speculated that eyeliner was worn to protect the wearer . Eyeliner was first used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a dark black line around the eyes. Egyptians wore various cosmetics not only for aesthetics but to protect the skin from the desert sun.