10 Reasons to Wear Red Lipstick
Lipsticks are inevitable part of every makeup look. I’ve already discussed in one of my previous blogs that I, simply, feel barefaced if I don’t apply lipstick and it always makes me feel like something’s missing without it. When it comes to lipsticks, nowadays you’re able to get them in variety of colors and textures and only one rules them all – red lipstick. There is something mystical about this lipstick; it makes us instantly more sophisticated and sensual. It also makes us feel more confident and powerful which is why I love red lips. Here’s how it looks on me.
Red lipstick has been around for centuries (yes, centuries) and it has a richer history than any other makeup product. Here are a few examples:
- Ancient Mesopotamian women are often credited as the first women to invent and wear lipstick, using crushed gemstones to decorate their lips. Ancient Romans, especially the upper class, also used homemade lip color. The Egyptians followed suit, including Cleopatra VII, who would crush ants and carmine in a base of beeswax to color her lips a red shade.
- Lipstick’s popularity eventually died out among the upper class, as people considered it only fit for prostitutes and lower-class women. Queen Elizabeth I, however, revived the look in mid-1500s as she often opted to don a pale white face with bright crimson lips.
- In 1770 red lips were met with controversy yet again when the British Parliament passed a law stating that made-up women were witches who attempt to lure men into marriage. The attitude that makeup was a form of deception was common at the time.
- In late 1800s the tide turned once more when the Sears Roebuck catalog offered rouge for lips and cheeks. Now, lipstick was colored with carmine dye taken from cochineal insect scales (which must have tasted interesting). Actresses were especially keen to red lipstick since they needed to darken their natural lip color in order to stand out on black-and-white film.
- In 1915, Maurice Levy invented the first metal lipstick tube — before this, lipstick was wrapped in silk paper, which made it difficult to carry around and apply on-the-go. Within years, major beauty companies including Chanel, Guerlain, Elizabeth Arden, and Estée Lauder, started selling lipstick.
- In 1940s Elizabeth Taylor was notorious for her bright red lips and is often remembered for saying, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Companies like Maybelline, Revlon, and CoverGirl found women 16 years and up to be loyal customers to their product.
- By the ’50s, red lipstick was worn by most and embraced as a sexy addition to any outfit. Stars propelled the cosmetic even further, with Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and Ava Gardner known for wearing the bold shade. By then, 98% of U.S. women were wearing lipstick.
- In 1960s and 1970s new colors of lipsticks started to emerge, making the classic red just one of many choices. Pastel and nude shades become popular in the mod era, whereas the punk movement brought in black and purple hues.
- In 1980s and 1990s red made a comeback, with beauty giant M.A.C. introducing their first line of lipsticks and Madonna rocking her perfect pout. Other colors of lipstick continued to be unveiled, but red was always the original — a revolutionary of the makeup world.
- Women of all ages and careers continue to rock the red lip, with many celebrities adopting it as their signature look. From Gwen Stefani to Taylor Swift to Emma Stone, the red lip — and its powerful effects — are clearly here to stay.
If incredible history of red lipstick aren’t enough to have one such product in your makeup bag, here are 10 reasons that could inspire you:
- It makes your teeth look whiter.
- It instantly boosts your sex appeal.
- All eyes will be on you.
- It’s a confidence booster.
- It’s playful and feminine.
- It adds a touch of retro elegance to your overall outfit.
- It makes your lips seem bigger and plumper.
- It helps you channel your inner femme fatale.
- There’s a perfect shade for every skin tone.
- It makes you feel great instantly.
Do you like red lipstick or what’s your favorite lipstick color? Share your thoughts and tips in comment section below.