LIPSTICK HISTORY LESSON 101

Updated on: 06/04/14 12:08pm

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIPSTICK

Did you know that women have been wearing lipstick for THOUSANDS of years?

It all began with tribal women crushing fruit and plant juices. It seems the desire to differenciate and accentuate ourselves has long been part of our human DNA.

Mesopotamian women went a step further and actually crushed precious gems to create a glimmering effect and to show wealth.



Ancient Egyptian women advanced even further towards using deep reds (carmine colour) by crushing the Cochineal insect. This technique is often still used today. The dye from this insect has many other uses as a food colouring and fabric dye to name a few.



Further along in history... the Catholic Church condemned the use of cosmetics, in particular the use of RED LIPSTICK. It was believed to signify Satanic worship.



Later on during the 16th Century... Queen Elizabeth 1st re-ignited the fashion of bright red lips and a white face.



The 17th century saw a demise in the culture of lipstick use and was relegated to the poorer classes and prostitutes.

19th century culture and the burgeoning popularity of photography & screen actresses allowed once again glamour to return to lipstick use.

This brings us now to the 20th century where ALL classes of society wear lipstick. Red is no longer the only colour of choice,however, has remained a "staple" in most makeup kits today. Different colours, textures and formulas are being developed daily by makeup houses to appeal to the fickle fashion market.

"FACE IT with Hair Flair" has an ever growing variety of lipsticks to share with you. Colours and textures that suit the seasons and the clients needs.

Our lipstick products do NOT contain some of the "nasties" that some VERY well known brands have....Our lipsticks contain natural Vitamin E to keep your lips moisturized and supple.



Try our latest RED "Matte Winter Red".







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