Facts About Lipstick

In today’s world, not a single woman can go out of her home without applying lipstick. To put on lipstick has became a daily routine for most of women, in fact most of them have never thought; what exactly a ‘Lipstick’ is? Or how it came into existence? You might have came across many websites with latest articles on lipstick, the most latest reviews of the recently launched lipstick or like best 10 or best 5 lipstick, but here in this article, I am going to share some interesting facts about lipstick with some history behind this most lucrative product.

Researcher says that, ‘Lipstick’ has been existing on this planet since about 5000 years. It is said that 5000 years back, at the time of ‘Civilization of Mesopotamia’ women used semi-precious colored stones as lipstick. In Ancient Egypt the lipstick are said to be made of animal fat and natural pigments. The lipstick used by the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was supposedly made from henna, to make her lips bright red.

Lipstick gained popularity in England during 16th century, as the Queen Elizbeth I introduced the combination of chalk white faces and red lipstick. By that time lipstick was made from a blend of beeswax and red stains from plants.

In 17th century, all forms of make-up was considered as the ‘devil’s work’, and it was thought that women who used to paint their lips as dark red was only to entice men around them and to lead them to sin. Even during the 18th century, make-up was considered to be the province of actresses and prostitutes, and it was believed that no decent woman could wear it. However ‘Lipstick’ got its real popularity after the Second World War and the film industry gave lipstick and other make-up a kind of glamorous hype.

After a short history let’s find out some more interesting facts about lipstick.

1. Lipsticks are composed of waxes, different types of oils, pigments, emollients, Vitamin E, aloe Vera and sunscreens.

2. Wax help in shaping lipstick and make it easy to apply,  caster oil is one of the most important ingredient which creates a shiny film after drying that does not smear easily.

3. During ancient time, Noble Japanese women were not allowed to appear in public without intensive makeup.

4. Lipsticks are sold most during gloomy rainy days.

5. A Survey studies shows that, 5% of the Lipstick goes to tissue papers and cotton tabs at the time of removing the make-up, while 15% goes in drain at the time of washing face and lips.

6. About 5% of the lipsticks are found on cups of coffee or tea, and about another 5% of the lipsticks are found inside the women’s stomach due to new flavors and essences. Isn’t it interesting?

7. The best product for everyday use is a clear lip balm. Clinique’s world-wide retail operation is reputed to sell one lipstick every second.

8. Applying only color lip gloss on your lips can work a lot and make you to look beautiful.

9. 80% of American women regularly wear lipstick. According to some Journal, 65% of women use lipstick on daily routine and 25% won’t leave house without applying it.

10. It is astonishing but still beeswax is one of the basic lipstick components.

11. The first modern lipstick with metal “bullet” case was manufactured in Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1915 by the Scovil Manufacturing Company.

12. A survey result taken in 1998 showed that 32% of women claimed that they owned more than 20 lipsticks.

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