Lipstick! The thing without which our makeup is just and totally and absolutely incomplete. You dream about it. As soon as you see a new lipstick shade in a commercial you go and get it. You wear it like armour and you gain confidence from it. No wonder, we women carry it around with us in our bags. But do you know they have been existing for thousands of years and there’s as long a list of facts of lipsticks as long is the list of its different shades. Well, then hold tight and read these Interesting Facts About Lipstick That You Must Know.
Interesting Facts About Lipstick That You Must Know
It’s Really Ancient
Believe it or not but lipsticks have been around since four to five thousand years. The Mesopotamians used the dust of crushed gemstones to paint their lips at that time. The lipstick can be traced back to the Ancient Sumerian region, around 3500 BC.
Cleopatra Loved It
Ancient Egyptians used lipsticks like every day. And yes, even men there used lipsticks at that time! But Cleopatra, the beautiful Egyptian queen, was quite a fan of lipsticks. She got her slaves to mush some beetles and ants together so she could use this paste as lipstick. It’s so gross! But it definitely worked and today we all know her favourite was the scorching red lipstick. You know all about makeup brushes as well, right? No? Then what are you waiting for? Just read this.
You Better Wear Lipstick On Your First Date
Whoever said – Stay simple and there’s no need to wear lipstick on your first date – what you need to do, first of all, is ignore them. Why? Well, because according to the University of Manchester, men stare longer at women wearing red lipstick. The study shows that a man stares at a woman wearing red lipstick for about 7.3 seconds and they wouldn’t shift their gaze for about 6.7 seconds from a woman wearing pink lipstick. And you can hold their glance only for 2.2 seconds with your bare lips. So, the choice is yours, missy! Also, if it’s a summer date, then make sure you follow these smart tips to keep your makeup in place.
It Was Scandalous
Lipstick was used to be seen as scandalous by women in ancient Greece. In the middle ages of Europe, only prostitutes were meant to use lipsticks. In fact, there was a law regarding lipsticks that sex workers couldn’t go out without wearing lipsticks. If they were caught without the lip paint then they would be prosecuted for deceiving men by posing as ladies. Phew! We have come so far! So far that you can make your chubby face appear slim with contouring. Here you will see how.
Do you know how much a woman spends on her lipstick in her lifetime? A woman spends around $1780 on her lipstick. Also, about 80% of the American woman wears lipsticks regularly and about 55% of all women paint their lips every day. What more interesting is that 25% of the woman wouldn’t even step out without painting their lips. Thank heavens we don’t live in the Dark Age! Want to know more about eye makeup? Then have a look here.
If Cleopatra can use ants and Carmine beetles then you can just imagine what else they used for lipstick in the later period. Toxic elements were used to make lipsticks in the early ages. Some of them were Vermillion, white lead, fucus (brown algae), etc. There were also some unusual ingredients involved in the creation of lipsticks such as sheep sweat, crocodile excrement, deer tallow, beeswax, and human saliva. Wow! Things were pretty gross in those days. And here I thought they used roses and berries. Wink! Well, hope you keep an eye on your lipstick ingredient and make sure you follow these amazing makeup hacks.
Thank Hazel for Smudgeproof Lipstick
Imagine you kiss someone and when you come up for breath, you see his face painted the same shade as your lipstick. Don’t worry; he will see the same on your face. Oh dear Lord! The thought is so horrible that just makes us shudder. So thank Hazel Bishop, a chemist who developed the formula for long lasting lipsticks after the Second World War. Love to sparkle? Then you must see these glittery makeup ideas.
Use Lipstick and You Might Not Remain Married for Long
Oh, no-no! You don’t have to worry about your marriage, woman. I am talking about the days when things were, umm, strange! Apparently, in the 1700s, a man had the right to annul his marriage if his wife used lip rogue during their courtship. If that rule still existed, no woman could have been charmed today by English men and their accents.
Careful! She Might Be a Witch!
Who would have thought that in the early days, wearing a lipstick can be so scandalous or dangerous? During the middle ages in England, a woman wearing a lipstick was used to be accused of being a witch. Speaking of witch (pun intended), check out these scary Halloween makeup ideas for this year.
When it’s Gloomy Outside, Things Are Bold Inside
In the rainy days, the sale of lipsticks increases phenomenally. The reason behind this is the gloomy weather. The dark clouds and the dark day that makes you feel like you have entered a black and white movie dampens the mood, literally! So women buy lipsticks to brighten up the things. You can’t really blame us! It certainly works after all. No wonder, Queen Elizabeth I believed that lipstick had life-giving powers and even wore lipstick on her deathbed. They say she had about half an inch of lipstick on her lips. Hush-hush!
Lipstick and the mystique surrounding it! Can’t believe they used things like that to make lipsticks! And thanks to the modern era, we can wear lipsticks without being accused of performing witchcraft or without worrying about losing our husbands. Anyway, these Interesting Facts About Lipstick That You Must Know were so much fun to know, isn’t it?