Lipstick History I.

There is a saying that “girls wear lip gloss, women wear lipstick”. A classic bright red lipstick turns a girl into a mature, confident and attractive woman. Some people think that red lipstick is unnecessary and unnatural, but there are natural shades to wear, too. Some men like when it distracts from other parts of a women’s face, but some of them simply hate it. Opinions vary on women wearing red lipstick or any lipstick is good or repulsive, but it is for sure one of the most primal cosmetics.

The first lipstick might be used in the beginning of human civilization. We can trace back its origins to the ancient times. The term “lipstick” was first used at the end of the 19th century, but women colored their lips long before that date. The first to wear lipstick were the women of Mesopotamia. They crushed semi-precious jewels and used that on their lips. The women of the ancient Indus civilization also wore lipstick.
Egyptians made a red dye called fucin in order to paint their lips. It was very much like henna except fucin was poisonous. Cleopatra was said to have used a mixture of crushed carmine beetles and ants to color her lips red.

In the 16th century, Elizabeth I. of England wore a lipstick made of beeswax and plant stains. Lipstick was reserved for aristocrats, the royal court and actors. Ordinary people did not wear lipstick that time, and it was not until the 1920s that lipstick started to become widespread.