Today is Lipstick Day! Are you buying a new Lipstick or wearing your favorite one? I thought we should know a bit more about the history one of our favorite beauty products. First, manmade lipsticks appeared around four to five thousand years ago in Ancient Mesopotamia. Women there used to grind precious gems and decorate lips with their dust.
Powerful and wealthy Ancient Egyptians used lipsticks regularly. It is said that Cleopatra liked red lipstick. “Kiss of Death” is a term that is commonly associated with lipstick. Some civilizations did not allow women to appear in public without extensive facial makeup (Japan for example). 80% of American women regularly wear lipstick and over 25% won’t leave the house without wearing it.
Lipsticks have expiration dates and can become rancid. Storing them in fridges can prolong their life. The main ingredients of modern lipsticks are waxes (even natural beeswax), oils, pigments and emollients. For protecting lips against elements, lipsticks and lip gloss can also have vitamin E, collagen, amino acids, aloe vera, sunscreen and moisturizers.
For a long time in European Middle Ages, red lipsticks were associated with Satan worshiping. During dark and middle ages in Europe, lipsticks were often viewed as a fashion accessory of prostitutes and lower class women. The only time when it was used in high circles was during and shortly after the reign of English Queen Elizabeth I.
Lip Gloss was introduced to the public in 1930 by Max Factor Company. In 1998 a survey of American women showed that 32% of them owned more than 20 lipsticks. The most famous Actresses that popularized lipsticks were Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. The first swivel up lipstick in a tube appeared in 1923. Studies have shown that lipstick sales tend to rise during gloomy or rainy days.
Bottom Line… Lipstick makes you HAPPY and really, that’s all that matters! Smile, wear your lipstick, and kiss everyone you love today!!