There are two versions about the history of this eye accessory. According to some, the first one was invented by Eugene Rimmel in the 19th century. In Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, Romanian, and Persian, the word Rimmel means mascara, and hence, the invention was named after him. The other version states that, in 1913, T.L. Williams made the first mascara for his sister. The only ingredients, which were used in that were coal dust and petroleum jelly. While it was developed over the years, new ingredients were added. For example, instead of petroleum jelly, wax thickeners were added for better effect. Almost for 40 years, it was shaped into a mass. It was only in 1957, that the Helena Rubinstein mascara was introduced in the market, which had a tube and wand applicator, and of course new and better ingredients. Thus, its application was made much easier.