June 6, 2013

The Evolution Of: Lipstick

Since school is (almost!) out for the summer, it is imperative that we keep our minds sharp while we are free from exams and essays and enjoying the wonderfulness that is summer. Kidding… kinda… sorta. Anyways, today’s pseudo-lesson will (thankfully) not involve any math equations, but will instead be somewhat of a history lesson on the beauty product we all have come to know and love. It comes in a multitude of colours and finishes, can be mixed and matched, and…goes on your lips. Bingo! That’s right, it’s lipstick! Get ready to be blown away by interesting facts I have gathered, and become ~immersed~ in lots of knowledge pertaining to the evolution of lipstick. You’re welcome!




Back in the Day

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Let’s start off our history lesson way back in time, when ‘lipstick’ was first used by Mesopotamian women, who didn’t have the luxury of moseying down to the mall and selecting that perfect shade of rouge. Since the beginning of time they actually crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their lips (since they had to get creative).

The knowledge has only just begun…




Source: IMDB

We have all learned about this lovely lady in our ancient Egypt history lessons, but now we will focus not on her politics, but her role in the popularization of lipstick. My gal Cleo got crafty and used crushed beetles to create her perfect signature shade.



The Middle Ages

Source: MTV Cribs

The Middle Ages were proven to be a very strange time. Apparently, wearing lipstick in this era signified and array of things. 1. You worshipped Satan, 2. You were a prostitute, or 3. You were lower class. Marilyn Manson may not have fared very well…



George Washington

Source: The White House

George Washington, the first US President, was known to wear his fair share of lipstick, and that is all there is to say about that… other than commenting on my excellent Photoshop skills.



It’s Official

Source: Jack Miskell Photography/Corbis

Finally lipstick makes it’s way on to the main stage. In 1880 the term ‘lipstick’ was coined, and in 1923 the first swivel up lipstick was invented – a wonderful day in history indeed. I can’t believe how much we have learned thus far – my mind is actually blown.



Elizabeth Taylor

Source: Everett

This glamazon was not only known for her infatuation with diamonds, but can also be credited with the popularization of bold lipstick shades in the 1950′s. Back then, it was seen as immoral for women to portray themselves in such a provocative way. But in true diva fashion, Elizabeth Taylor would not allow anyone on set to wear the same shade of lipstick as her. We should take a moment to appreciate the path she paved for us here in the 21st century, which most likely would be encrusted with diamonds.




Source: Clinique

Here we are, we’ve made it all the way to 2013 guided by this 3 gram tube of beeswax and pigments. The last little known fact to share is that Clinique sells a tube of lipstick every second! And there you have it, the evolution of our favourite beauty staple. I hope your day is now full of knowledge and wonder and you can keep this fun facts to whip out at your next dinner party.

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