Differently to in the Roman and Greek world, Etruscan women spent a great deal of their time outside the domestic environment. Inscriptions that have been discovered tell us some of their names: Velelia, Anthaia, Thania, Larthia,Tita, Nunzinai, Ramutha, Velthura, Thesathei. Free and independent, Etruscan women took part in public life; they could read and they could own commercial operations and property. On a buccaro (a small vessel for food) kept at the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, in the Vatican Museums, we can read for example: “Mi ramuthas kansinaia”, that is “I am Ramutha Kasinai”. The owner of the vase, a woman, is identified here with a first name and a surname. Let us imagine this woman walking elegantly in the streets of ancient Roselle, which nowadays is an important archaeological area in the Municipality of Grosseto. We can imagine her talking to people as they walk from the fountain along the road that leads into the town up to the forum, the centre of the community.
The vases and ampoules found in various tombs-like the Leone, Pellegrina, Scimmia or Colle tomb, all scattered along the road that leads to Lake Chiusi-allow us to understand how the Etruscan nobles wore makeup. We know that their beauty cabinets were well stocked with creams, oils, perfumes, lipstick and eyeshadow. Wealthy Etruscan women made hydrating beauty masks with barley flour, lentils and daffodil bulbs. To make their skin shine, moreover, they used olive oil spread over the body and then removed with a scraper. The lipstick of the time was extracted from marine algae or mulberries and, for the eyes, eyeshadow made from crocus flowers was available. Hair, gathered into long braids and fastened with a ring, could be made more blonde with dye, the use of which has been documented from the era. From the 6th century BCE onwards, the invention of mirrors made of polished bronze meant the Etruscans could see the results of their makeovers.