Lipstick Through The Ages

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Lipstick. We have seen it on every girl. For many, wearing it’s a rite of passage like Critter Control Fort Lauderdale┬áIt’s one of things we do to announce that we are prepared to become women. It is a very curious thing to expect from a combination of pigments, oils, waxes and emollients.

This decorative has been with humanity for quite some time. Or the century prior to that. The roots of lipstick lie in the mists of time; at the beginnings of human culture in fact.

The first to wear lipstick were the girls of Mesopotamia. They didn’t use ordinary lipstick. The women of the early Indus culture wore lipstick. The women of Ancient Egypt didn’t use stones. They extracted a plant dye called fucin so as to paint their lips. It was very similar to henna except fucin was poisonous. It resulted in severe ailments. Cleopatra was another enthusiastic lipstick wearer. Happily, she did not use fucin. It had been made from carmine beetles and rodents.

During the Golden Age of Islam, strong lipsticks were invented. The Church declared it to be one of Satan’s tools and makeup were only appropriate for prostitutes.

This attitude started to reverse just on the 16th century. Only upper class girls or celebrities wore lipstick.

Throughout the 19th century, lipstick was called impolite and reserved for Spartan girls. No church announced that. They didn’t need to. However, Elizabeth’s style took fruit elsewhere. The French adopted lipstick and make-up generally. They were trendsetters of style and they were able to convince the rest of Europe of its own worth. However sections of the populace still frowned at sporting it.

It was not until the 1930s that lipstick gained respectability. The films helped this turnabout to happen. It became a necessity for women to put their face on before heading out. Many beauty parlors and salons opened that catered to the anger in the make-up the actresses wore on screen.

From there, we’ve got the lipstick which we know now. Lipstick has changed since it started. It continues to change; sunscreen and moisturizers are added to lipstick to be able to protect the lips. What was mere decoration is has also become a means for us to safeguard our sensitive mouth. Later on, lipstick will last to change. Let it surprise us if the changes come.

Jonathan Russell is an artist and blogger that’s been writing articles on many diverse topics for the previous 2 decades. You may find him contributing articles at Best Hair Wax [] a site with advice regarding best hair wax and other hairstyling products.

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