Celebrating National Lipstick Day!
Beauty blogger, entrepreneur and International Businesswoman, Huda Kattan was named the modern-day founder of National Lipstick Day by a Proclamation from National Day Calendar’s Registrar Celebrating National Lipstick Day – July 30, 2018.
The phrase "lipstick on his collar" is a euphemism to describe a man who is cheating on his partner and "lipstick on a pig" is a euphemism for unsuccessfully attempting to make attractive something (or some idea) that is inherently unattractive. Here are a few things you might like to know about our lip kissing sponsor, the stick for lips.
"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” ― Gwyneth Paltrow
- About 5,000 years ago Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes.
- Egyptian Queen Cleopatra crushed bugs to create a color of red on their lips.
- Ancient Egyptians wore lipstick to show social status rather than gender. They extracted the red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, but this dye resulted in serious illness.
- Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a pearlescent substance found in fish scales.
…Queen Cleo had bug poop and fish scales painted on her lips ... and this drove Anthony off a cliff... What was in those bugs?
- The Chinese made some of the first lipsticks that were made from beeswax over 1,000 years ago to protect the delicate skin of the lips. During the Tang Dynasty (CE 618-907), scented oils were added to them, which gave the mouth an enticing factor.
- During the Islamic Golden Age, somewhere around the 14th or 15th century, the notable Andalusian cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis) invented solid lipsticks, which were perfumed sticks rolled and pressed in special molds.
- In Australia, Aboriginal girls would paint their mouths red with ochre for puberty rituals.
- 16th-century England, Queen Elizabeth used bright red lips and a stark white face to re-fashion a virginal persona that sparked an unfortunate style as the face paint had traces of lead. Although the lipstick was made from a blend of beeswax and red stains from plants. Only upper-class women and male actors wore makeup.
- By the 19th century the use of cosmetics was not considered acceptable in Britain for respectable women, and it was associated with marginalized groups such as actors and prostitutes. It was considered brazen and uncouth to wear makeup.
- Guerlain, a French cosmetic company, began to manufacture lipstick. The first commercial lipstick had been invented in 1884, by perfumers in Paris, France. It was covered in silk paper and made from deer tallow, castor oil, and beeswax.
- By 1915, lipstick was sold in cylinder metal containers. Women had to slide a tiny lever at the side of the tube with the edge of their fingernail to move the lipstick up to the top of the case.
- In 1923, the first swivel-up tube was patented by James Bruce Mason Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee.
- In the late 1940s Hazel Bishop, an organic chemist in New York and New Jersey, created the first long lasting lipstick, called No-Smear lipstick. With the help of Raymond Specter, an advertiser, Bishop's lipstick business thrived.
- Elizabeth Taylor helped to popularize red lipstick. It was said that she prohibited anyone else on set to wear lipstick.
- In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors.
Over the centuries Lipstick has opted hundreds of variations including lip balms, glosses, crayons, pencils, liners, and stains. And in thousands of colors, shades, and degrees of brilliance. Even Alt-Rocker Marilyn Manson and the alternative subcultures helped popularize dark or black lipstick which seems to be the exact polar opposite of the intent to present sexuality or fertility and productiveness.
“Being a goddess is a divine calling for women of substance.” ― Lebo Grand
Lead and other trace metals are still found in many lipsticks. These trace metals are naturally occurring and accidentally get taken up with other chemicals that are used in lipstick production. Naturally occurring doesn’t make it good or acceptable. There is no safe level of lead, maybe we should be searching for alternatives other than fish scales or bug poop.