July 29th is officially National Lipstick Day- HOWEVER, isn’t every day- really??
Since lipstick is a vital part of our day to day existence, I thought it may be fun to explore some fun facts!
- The first man-made lipsticks appeared around four- to five-thousand years ago in Ancient Mesopotamia. Women used to grind precious gems and decorate lips with their dust.
- Powerful and wealthy Ancient Egyptians used lipsticks regularly. It’s been said that Cleopatra liked red lipstick. The very first use of lip paint can be traced back to the Sumerian region (modern-day Iraq and Kuwait), around 5000 BCE.
- In England during the Middle Ages, “a woman who wore makeup was seen as an incarnation of Satan”, because according to religious teaching at the time, to alter one’s face would be to challenge God’s work.
- In Ancient Greece, lipstick fell out of fashion among high-class citizens and was instead used to identify prostitutes. In fact, it was the law that prostitutes couldn’t go out without wearing lipstick, lest they “deceive” men.
- In the Roman Empire, lipstick was worn by men and women and was used to determine social class rather than gender.
- In the 1700s, some women in America would carry around lemons to suck on throughout the day in order to redden their lips.
- Lipsticks can be separated in several categories: ordinary lipstick, glossy or glittery lipsticks, chapstick, moisturizing lipsticks, lip gloss and lip balm.
- Guerlain introduced the first commercial lipstick in the form of a lip pomade in 1828.
- First swivel up lipstick in a tube appeared in 1923.
- Studies have shown that lipstick sales tend to rise during gloomy or rainy days.
- The average woman spends $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime—and of that amount, $1780 goes toward lipstick.
- Ladies who enjoy lipstick? You owe your smudge-proof pout to chemist Hazel Bishop, who developed a formula for long-lasting lipstick while working in a dermatologist’s lab after WWII.
- While all other cosmetics were rationed in Great Britain during WWII, lipstick was kept in production because Winston Churchill felt it boosted morale.