Lipstick has become such a mundane little thing and many really don’t see lipstick as a part of history. And assuming that you are interested in some facts that about this mundane thing that many women consume (Read: eat) every day, read on and be amazed on some interesting lipstick trivia.
Only Crushed Gems for Mesopotamia Girls
Much like the average California Girl, the ladies from Mesopotamia are trend setters and would not let anything un-glam touch their precious lips. They used crushed gemstones to make their lips fabulous.
Crushed Beetles and Ants for the Egyptian Princess
From Mesopotamians obsession with crushed gemstones, their neighbors in Egypt were able to concoct a sort of red dye for the lips. Yep, we have the Egyptians to thank for that instant glam look. Cleopatra, being the regal beauty that she is, opted for crushed carmine beetles and ants for that red glow.
Harlots and Worshippers of Evil
That’s basically what you get called during the Middle Ages when you use lipstick. Pretty harsh, right? During the time, people got paranoid about a lot of harmless stuff so make sure that you aren’t wearing any lipstick if you ever get to travel back to this age.
Here’s a modern take on the “harlot look” of the Middle Ages.
President Washington Wore Lipstick! Seriously?
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Did you know that the first US President, Sir George Washington, used lipstick as well. He even wore face makeup and of course, the powdered wig so it’s safe to assume that he wasn’t wearing lipstick for the ravishment it brings but rather for the portraits and the major events.
Call Me Lipstick, Please
Did you know that it’s only in the 1880s that lipstick found its name? The swivel up the technology of the lipstick was introduced in 1923 which obviously made it easier for everyone to apply.
One-Shot Liz: The Lipstick Advocate
Elizabeth Taylor has been called One-Shot Liz because of her fantastic ability to shoot since in a single take. I wonder how long it takes for her to apply the many bold lipstick shades that she wore and popularized. She is such an icon of beauty and can be called a lipstick advocate of the time. She is a classic provocateur beauty with her glittering diamonds and prized lipstick as its second best friend. Her advice?
From Clinique to Laura Mercier to Shiseido to Maybelline and to Chanel, the world of lipstick has truly evolved since then. Who would have thought that people would pay so much attention to this product when Cleopatra only wanted to use ants and beetles to beautify her lips? As you buy your Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, you become officially part of lipstick history and evolution.