Lipstick really came a long way… from attempts to prohibit it (yes, you read that right) to global party (July 29 is considered to be International Lipstick Day). These interesting facts, a number of them little-known, will change how you look at a tube of lipstick.
Early in the Greek empire, 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 men 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”.
The bill, ultimately, 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 also be accused of witchcraft.
In 1884, the first modern lipstick was first introduced by perfumers in Paris. It had been wrapped in silk paper and made with deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax.
By 1908, it was okay for women to apply lipstick at the table during lunch in a restaurant. It wasn’t okay to use lipstick though.
In 1915, a bill was introduced to Kansas legislature that could have made it a misdemeanor for a female under 44 to wear makeup because it”created a false impression.”
At the conclusion of the twentieth century, lipstick continued to symbolize femininity, but due to the endorsement of leading suffragettes, additionally, it began to signify female emancipation.
During World War II, all makeup except for lipstick were rationed. Winston Churchill chose to keep lipstick in production because he believed it had a positive effect on morale.
Queen Elizabeth II commissioned her own lipstick color to meet her coronation robes in the 1952 ceremony. The soft red-blue was called”The Balmoral Lipstick,” named after her Scottish country home.
The average woman uses 4 – 9 lb of lipsticks in a lifetime.
The last fact should really hit home for everyone that uses lipstick. How much of those pounds do we really ingest? Make sure that the lipstick you’re wearing does not contain any chemicals. When you reach out for a tube a lipstick, look beyond colour, packaging and price. Always read the label and choose one with ingredients that you would be okay eating.