Lipstick really came a long way… from attempts to prohibit it (yes, you read that right) to international party (July 29 is considered to be Global Lipstick Day). These interesting facts, a number of them little-known, will change how you look at a tube of lipstick.
The first documented lip tint was made with crushed red rocks and white lead and dates back to Queen Schub-ad or Puabi of Ur, a Sumerian ruler around 2500 B.C.
Early in the Greek kingdom, red lipstick or lip paint signaled that a woman was a prostitute, given that many women during that time typically went without cosmetics.
During the Roman Empire, lipstick was used to indicate social status. Even guys wore lip paint to indicate their rank.
They used herbal and plant-based dyes to redden their lips. The Church deemed the look to be”Satanic”.
Queen Elizabeth I was such an avid user of lip rouge to the point where she believed it had healing powers and even the ability to ward off death.
In 1650, the British Parliament tried to prohibit the wearing of lipstick or as they called it”the vice of painting.” The bill, finally, did not pass.
By 1770, the British Parliament declared that women who wore makeup and”seduced men” by using it would have their marriages annulled and be accused of witchcraft.
It was wrapped in silk paper and made with deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax.
By 1908, it was okay for women to use lipstick at the table during lunch in a restaurant. It wasn’t okay to apply lipstick though.
In 1915, the first twist-up lipstick tube was invented, making lipstick even more popular, as it was a lot easier to carry around.
In 1915, a bill has been introduced into Kansas legislature that would have made it a misdemeanor for a woman under 44 to wear makeup because it”created a false belief.”
At the turn of the twentieth century, lipstick continued to symbolize femininity, but because of the endorsement of leading suffragettes, additionally, it started to signify female emancipation.
During World War II, all cosmetics except for lipstick were rationed. Winston Churchill chose to keep lipstick in creation because he believed it had a positive effect on morale.
Queen Elizabeth II commissioned her own lipstick shade to meet her coronation robes at the 1952 ceremony. The soft red-blue was called”The Balmoral Lipstick,” named after her country home.
The average woman uses 4 – 9 lb of lipsticks in a lifetime.
The last fact should really hit home for everybody that uses lipstick. How much of those pounds do we really ingest? Make sure that the lipstick you are wearing doesn’t contain any chemicals. When you reach out for a tube a lipstick, look beyond colour, packaging and cost. Always read the label and select one with ingredients that you’d be okay eating.
Now, let’s put some lipstick on!