Lipstick has been around for so many years – in Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra had beetles crushed so that she could use them to colour her lips deep red. Disgusting I know but she wanted to look good!
It is only in the last 100 years or so that the popularity of lipstick really took off, thanks to the worldwide influence of Hollywood movie stars. It used to be linked with sinners, prostitutes and other outcasts in society – women who were trying to lure and seduce men. During the witch trials of the 18th century, a few women were even accused of being witches because they had allegedly used lipstick to fool men into thinking they were attractive and marrying them.
Still, to the average woman today, lipstick feels like a vital of life that has been around forever, with many saying they feel naked without it. But why do we wear it? When you think about it, painting your lips red is a pretty strange thing to do, particularly considering that lips are already a pinkish shade of red anyway. The answer to that question is that lipstick artificially copies the colour change that takes place in women’s lips during sex, which makes them appear more sexual in everyday life. Learn something new every day!
Modern lipstick is made mostly from wax (either beeswax or wax from plants and trees) and various oils (olive oil, castor oil). The colour usually comes from mixing different chemical dyes, although lipstick made from natural dyes is also available on the market.
Lipstick is one of the most popular used beauty products because it is relatively cheap and one lipstick can last a very long time. For this reason, majority of women have a whole selection of makeup, to match their various outfits as well as their skin tone. There are so many selections out there and also stay-on, glossy, matt and many more options to choose from.