The 29th of July
has been named National Lipstick Day by beauty blogger, entrepreneur, and international businesswoman, Huda Kattan. Today we celebrate by donning our favourite rouge, because there isn’t anything life can throw at us that we can’t take on!
The History of Lipstick
Red lipstick is thought to be one of the most powerful symbols of female sexuality and beauty in the Western world. Its history spans centuries, dating back over 5000 years when the first lipsticks were made by combining crushed gemstones with waxes and oils to create the original lip-smacking formula. Today we wear it proudly as a statement – that’s why we celebrate it today on National Lipstick Day.
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Ancient Egyptians wore red lipstick made from crushed bugs. In Ancient Greece, prostitutes were required to sport the red lip pigment. Lipstick was first made from a combination of red dyes, sheep sweat, and crocodile droppings.
Red lipstick was worn only by upper-class women. Queen Elizabeth I created a signature look with her alabaster skin and crimson lips in the 1570s and 1580s. Red lips still have an association with royalty today.
in England and the United States, wearing red lipstick during courtship could lead to a marriage being annulled if it was found to be witchcraft. This was because it was believed that women were using cosmetics to seduce men.
Most lipsticks were DIY until this point. The first commercially produced lipstick was invented in 1884 by French perfumers. Lipstick was now sold in paper tubes, small artisanal pots, or wrapped in paper. In the late 1800s, Guerlain began to manufacture red lipstick made from combinations of grapefruit, butter, and wax.
Metal lipstick tubes became available in 1911, making it easier for women to reapply their lipstick on the go.
My Lips Aren’t Sealed
You are never fully dressed without your smile, so here are a few of the best lipsticks to arm you for National Lipstick Day.
The L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick is now enriched with 30% moisturising rose balm and a blend of hyaluronic acid and cold-pressed oil for up to 18 hours of luscious comfort. Experience exquisite timeless hues or creative signature Star Shades, all encapsulated in a high-end luxury case.
The lipsticks are encased in genuine leather that holds a soft and lightweight texture that glides effortlessly on the lips. The formula blends the replenishing and hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid spheres with the smoothing effect of Acmella oleracea flowers and it has an intense colour that lasts for 12 hours.
Extreme colour, extreme comfort and extreme wear. Lasting Finish Extreme’s intense satin finish is formulated with pure pigments for intense colour with creamy and lightweight texture for comfortable wear. The long-wearing satin shine lasts up to 10 hours on a full face of make-up.
This long-wearing formula features an intense colour payoff and a completely matte finish. M·A·C lipsticks are the iconic product that made M·A·C famous – how many women have Ruby Woo as their go-to special occasion red?