Why do women want to look beautiful? For men or for themselves? Or is it just because to make their fellows jealous? Although this topic is still a debate, it is the fact that women spend a considerable amount of money and time for looking good. And, lipstick is at the top of the list of their beauty products.
Mesopotamian women are probably the first people who used lipstick. I want to catch your attention here; we are talking about 5,000 years ago. They used crushed gemstones to decorate their lips and cheeks.
In Indus Valley Civilization and in Egypt, women used insects and bugs to create the red colour for their lips. It is known that Cleopatra used to wear red lipstick made of crushed red carmine beetles. They also used a pearlescent material derived from fish scale to a have shining effect on their lips.
In the 900s, Al-Zahrawi, described as the father of surgery, invented the first solid lipstick which were basically perfume sticks rolled and pressed in special molds.
In the medieval age, the Christian Church banned the use of lipstick, as it was believed that red lipstick was a sign of Satan worship. Even though it again became popular when Queen Elizabeth I used red lipstick on her bright face in 16th century, only male actors and people in lower classes such as prostitutes used to wear lipstick until the end of the 19th century. A French cosmetic company began to manufacture the first commercial lipstick made of deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax in 1884, and it was covered in silk.
Here are some interesting facts about lipstick:
- Women use up to four kg of lipstick during their life.
- They leave 10% of their lipstick on cutlery, glasses, coffee cups, water bottles, and soft drink cans.
Posted on Feb. 27, 2017