Putting color on our lips is very common these days among women but was it always so? How did lip color first get started and how has the trend evolved over the years?
Around 3000 BC: Ancient Mesopotamian women are credited as the first women to invent and wear lipstick. Their version of "lipstick" was to use crushed gemstones to color their lips. Ancient Egyptians also wore lipstick to show social status rather than gender. In fact, Cleopatra was known to use crushed bugs mixed with carmine and beeswax to color her lips red.
Mid-1500's: Once Christianity became popular in Europe the Catholic Church banned the use of cosmetics because the red color was often connected with the worshiping of Satan. So lip color did not become popular again until Queen Elizabeth I who favored having a pale white face with bright red lips. However, shortly after that lip color popularity died out again as it was considered only fit for prostitutes and lower class women.
1770: Lip color was again condemned as the British Parliament passed a law stating that women who used makeup were considered witches, who were trying to lure men into marriage under false pretenses. Actors continued to use makeup for the stage, especially male actors pretending to be women.
1850: Women were warned against using cosmetics on their faces due to the dangers of lead and vermilion used in cosmetics in those days.
Late 1800's to early 1900's: Lip color was beginning to become more popular again as women stage actresses started to wear their stage lipstick out on the streets. With the advent of photography and black and white film, using lip color actually became popular as a way of standing out in black and white. At this time also a number of advances were made in lipstick technology including mixing Carmine with an oil and wax base for a more natural look and the invention of push-up and swivel up metal containers for easier lipstick application.
World War I to World War II: Metal became scarce so the lipstick tubes were then made out of plastic and paper. Some of the other ingredients in lipstick became scarce (such as petroleum and castor oil) and so lipstick became more rare. However, at the same time women entered the work force driving more engineering and research into makeup and also drove the need for longer lasting lipstick as women began to work a full work day.
1950 - 1960: Hollywood really started to popularize lip color with celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Since everyone wanted to look like a Hollywood starlet about 98% of women wore lip color at this time.
1970 - 1980: Women began to experiment with lip color with the advent of nude colors as well as blacks and mood changing lipsticks. Some people even wore blue or lime green lipsticks at this time. Lip gloss was also gaining popularity.
1990 - Today: People continue to experiment with new colors as well as matte versus shiny glosses. Lip colors also continue to change with the fashion. Liquid lipstick and lipstains are introduced as well as many other lip coloring devices like crayons, pencils and liners.
No longer a stigma about social class, lip color tends to be worn by all ages of girls and women from their teens on up. Type and color tend to change over the years as teenagers rebel and women find their specific "look". With so many choices these days of lip color, everyone has a chance to express their individuality and find a lip color or application that works for each person specific needs. Amazing to think about all the different changes over the years in lip color with the majority occurring in just the last 100 years. I wonder what lip color will be like in another 100 years?
Don't Take Our Word For it! Here's What Our Customers Think:
I just got mine tonight... I am truly amazed! Was worried my application was messy, but when I peeled it off it looked spot on! I put some Vaseline over the top for shine purposes, but you could definitely wear without anything. So impressed! Thanks for this amazing product!
I have been super excited to try this! The color is Rose Pink. I exfoliated my lips first, then applied thick and even layer with a brush, waited for a little bit, peeled it off and I love the end result! 👄💄💋
One of the best products I have ever purchased! A must have👍
Free Shipping When You Spend $35 toChange this XX to Qualify For Free ShippingYou Have Achieved Free ShippingShips from the US! Spend $35 to Qualify for Free ShippingYou Have Achieved Free ShippingFree Shipping For Over $x toFree Shipping Over $35 toYou Have Achieved Free ShippingChange this XX to Qualify For Free ShippingYou Have Achieved Free Shipping