Wearing of lipstick goes back as far as 3,500 BC. Back then it was a mixture of white lead and crushed red rock. It was used to denote status and was worn by Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth, as well as many other prominent women in history. There was a time that wearing red lipstick was an indication that you were a prostitute. In the 1700’s wearing of any makeup, especially lipstick was thought to be a false way of alluring men into marriage and if found that it was the makeup that made the men want to marry the women that marriage can be annulled. Those women could face witchcraft charges as well. Lipstick = witchcraft….can you even imagine? Jump forward to the 1920’s, lipstick became very popular. Flappers that wore bright red lipstick to shock and rebel. Many feminists wore the lipstick as a badge. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that lipsticks became safety regulated. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a huge hand in making this happen. Lipstick and lipstick wearers have come a long way. If you want to check out the entire history of lipstick click here.
We are lucky to be living in a time when lipstick is readily available in many colors, safety regulated, not banned by any crazy laws and easy to get. What is your favorite color of lipstick? I have been searching for the perfect red shade for me. I think I found one that I love.