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History of lipstick

History of lipstick

A simple swipe of lipstick is the one essential item in any person’s makeup bag. It has long been a part of life around the world. Humans have been using makeup to highlight their features for various purposes for as long as one can remember. Let’s take a quick look at the history of lipstick to understand more.

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Early history of Lipstick

In the dawn of prehistoric times, humans always had the need to distinguish themselves among others. Hunters painted their skin to better blend in with their surroundings, priests and acolytes decorated themselves to honor their gods and beliefs, and young people used every way imaginable to make them more pretty and presentable to the opposite sex.

Beautiful woman lips formed by abstract blots

Ancient Civilizations

In ancient civilizations, makeup was a status symbol and both men and women indulged in applying makeup. Egyptians, perhaps, were the first real lipstick lovers. Striking shades like purple and black were common.

Seamless background with red colors lips prints on white background

Modern century

By 1920, lipstick had made permanent changes in the daily lives of women. In 1923, James Bruce Mason Jr. made the swivel up the tube and gave us modern lipstick as we know it today. The fashion icons of the day like movie star recreate their dark lips by the modern lipstick. Magazines also encouraged women to wear stylish colors.

Closeup side view of unrecognizable woman putting on red lipstick with lip brush. Shot against cyan green blurry background.

Facts about Lipstick

In today’s modern society, lipsticks are viewed as one of the most important fashion items. It is found that the average woman will consume 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, that is about 533 tubes of lipstick! Also, 30% of the women who use lipstick regularly have 20 lipsticks in their possessions at any time of their adult life.

Beautiful toothy smile.    Close up, portrait of a happy, toothy smile, smiling young woman.