International Lipstick Month: The History of Lipstick

It’s International Lipstick Day on the 29 July. So I’ve decided to claim the whole month of July as International Lipstick Month. I will be sharing one of my favourite lipstick shades on my social media platforms every day for the month of July.

Here is some history on one of our most loved beauty products:

In 2016, Huda Kattan, an international businesswoman, entrepreneur and beauty blogger was named the founder of National Lipstick Day. She is well known for her popular Huda Beauty beauty products.

It is said that, nearly 5000 years ago, ancient Sumerian men and woman were the first to invent and wear lipstick. Gemstones were crushed and used to add colour to their faces especially on the lips. Cleopatra used to crush bugs to create a red lip.

Bright red lips became the fashion in England in the 16th century. Lipstick was then made from beeswax and red stains from plant extracts.

In the 1700s, lipstick became unpopular amongst societal women and was banned in Britain. The British thought it to be devilish and seductive and only worn in an attempt to lure men into marriage by prostitutes.

Lipstick was originally applied with a brush and not out of a tube as we use it today. It was sold in paper tubes or small pots. However, by 1915, Maurice Levy, invented the cylinder metal tube container for lipstick. The first swivel tube was created in 1923 by James Bruce Mason Jr. It was then that the likes of Elizabeth Aarden and Estée Lauder began to sell lipstick.

Dark red lipstick was the most popular shade in the 19th and 20th centuries. Elizabeth Aarden, then created a range of different lipstick shades.

Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor became the icons for red lipstick in the 1950’s.

Black lipstick became popular in the 1970s – 1990s especially with the likes of Rocker Marilyn Manson.

By the 1990s – 21st century we begin to see the rise of semi-matte lipsticks and shades of brown lipstick became very popular. Think Jennifer Aniston in friends. Pearlescent shades of lipstick also became very popular.

By 2012, another lipstick trend developed. The bright bold lips became popular again but now in colours like orange and hot pink and neon colours.

The last five years have seen the rise of the nude lipstick trend – a personal favourite! The ‘Less is More’ trend hit the stage.

Liquid lipsticks fast became popular in 2016. They are more opaque and matte and are applied with an applicator wand.

Whether you’re a beauty blogger, a businesswoman, a mother, a teacher – every woman loves a great tube of wonderful coloured lipstick. Be it nudes, reds, pinks or even the more trendy colours such as the latest metallic trends, such as metallic gold, purples and midnight blues. Lipstick is for every women.

To some women, lipstick is a symbol of confidence and sexuality. Whenever I need a little confidence boost, I slap on some lipstick and go and conquer my world. My drawers are filled with different colours and lipstick trends: nudes, reds, liquid lips, matte, semi-matte, shine, etc. And I love it! I love waking up, applying my makeup and opening my lipstick drawer – my options are endless. I love walking down the makeup isle, and I stand a little longer and spend some time swatching all the new lip colours that my eyes fall on. It’s fun! That’s what I love about makeup, it’s such a personal thing. Every women has her own style and technique. It creates a sense of individuality and authenticity. While a bright bold pink lip might be your thing, I’m a little more conservative and my first response is to gravitate to yet another nude lipstick. Although. I’ve recently found some deep seated confidence somewhere and I’m braving it out into the love of red lips. I’ve been on the hunt for iconic red shades and deep bold reds. My daily activities include school runs, and changing dirty nappies. So I’m not sure what occasions would call for my new red lip fetish but I’ll own it and love it and wear it proudly. Because I can, ‘I am Woman, watch me Slay’

Much love,


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