Happy National Lipstick Day! There’s a national holiday for everything these days—we’re looking at you, National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day and National Eraser Day! In celebration of today’s holiday, we are wearing our boldest and brightest, Scarlet.
We’ve certainly come a long way in lipstick history (warning: history lesson ahead but it’s really interesting!). The usage of lipstick dates back to prehistoric times: early civilizations used fruit and plant juices, ground-up gems and insects to add a pop of color to their lips. Egyptians were the earliest manufacturers of lipsticks, and from Egypt, the popularity of lipsticks spread to Europe, particularly Greek and Roman societies. With the rise of Christianity across Europe, the Catholic church condemned cosmetics, so lipstick rapidly lost popularity (if you wore red lipstick, people assumed you were involved in Satanic worship).
Lipstick became popular once again during the Elizabethan era, thanks to Queen Elizabeth and her painted red lips. After the Elizabethan era, the general population stopped wearing lipstick as to not be associated with prostitutes and other lower-class women who were the only ones who wore lipstick. Lipstick remained unpopular until the late 19th century in which Hollywood’s influence, manufacturing advancements (including the design of the modern swivel-up tube!), and the improvement of lipstick formulas brought lipstick back in full swing.
Over the course of history, lipsticks have seen their ups and downs in popularity, but it’s safe to say that they aren’t going anywhere soon – if anything, over the past few years, lipsticks have grown in popularity, and are trending now more than ever! So we’ll leave you with the wise words of Marilyn Monroe, “I said pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”