Even though most women use lipstick (80 % of women in the US, 70 % in France) and some are even "addicted" to the colorful sticks (over 25 % of them won't leave their house without wearing one), I can't say I'm one of them. I was a bit of a tomboy and I always rubbed my eyes and my whole face, so it took me a really long time to get used to putting eye makeup on and I forced myself to buy my first foundation at 25, but lipsticks... No. I draw the line when it comes to lipsticks. If you like to drink and talk as much as I do, you really can't live with war paint smeared across your main portal of liquid and words. But they do look pretty and I do own a few (although I rarely wear them) so this post has been on my mind for quite some time. Despite the girlie content overload, I have discovered - much to my surprise (and enjoyment) - that lipsticks go (or went) hand in hand with prostitutes and men, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Lipsticks have been around for a very long time, about some 5000 years ago women in ancient Mesopotamia used to grind precious gems and prettify their lips with the colorful dust. Cleopatra in ancient Egypt was no exception - to get the red pigment she crushed carmine beetles and ants (or better yet she had other people crush them for her). But Greek and Roman women avoided wearing any form of pigment on their lips because prostitutes wore heavy lipstick. The interesting fact about this is why they wore it. When it comes to prostitution the key component of the job is moisture - at least if you want to be any good at what you do. That's why they "moisturized" their lips and made them richer in color for their clients' certain body parts to slide in and out of their mouth with greater ease and to signify the plumpness and moistness of their bottom labial counterparts. Clever, huh? What's even more interesting is that the idea that a woman wearing bold (red) lipstick is more appealing and inclined to sexuality (whether that's true or not) still hasn't gone out of fashion, which just goes to show how much the male psyche has evolved from those days.
After the prostitutes, another stigma haunted lipstick. In the Middle Ages it was believed (and I'm sure men instigated that notion) that a woman who painted her lips worshiped Satan, was destined to hell and could bewitch men and trick them into marriage - in other words, a lipstick wearing woman had to be a witch. But then Queen Elizabeth I started wearing lipstick (god knows why) and it became a huge trend amongst the English and French aristocracy; men, women, everybody wore lipstick and instagramed their lipstick-laden selfies daily. Even George Washington wore lipstick on the other side of the pond. But then the European commoners had enough and rebelled against the lipstick bourgeoisie and during the French revolution (between 1789 and 1799) wearing lipstick could get you killed since that meant you were siding with the aristocracy.
Even after all the French revolution dust settled down, the times were still hard for lipstick lovers. If you wore it, it meant you're either an actress or a prostitute and the terms were often interchangeable. But then the two professions slowly started to go their separate ways and more and more women wormed up to the idea of a lip enhanced face and thus in 1923 the first swivel up lipstick was born! But not just actresses and women, everyone jumped on the lipstick-wagon, even politicians. During the Second World War, Winston Churchill... Wore lipstick? No, at least not in public, who knows what he did or didn't wear privately, but he did say no to rationing lipstick (although the production and use of all other makeup products was restricted) because its "positive effect on morale". Maybe these positive effects explain why statistically speaking lipstick sales do better during rainy, gloomy days.
But be the day rainy or not, women love their lipstick. More than 32 % of American women say they have more than 20 lipsticks. 20? Really?! When you consider that 5 % of the product ends up on the cutlery, 5 % on glasses and cups, 15 % goes down the drain when a woman washes her face, 5 % ends up in a woman's stomach and 10 % ends up in the dumpster because you can't use all of it anyways, you can't help but calculate how much money goes to waste. At least that's my perspective. Another thing you can also calculate is how much lipstick does a woman eat during her life - in a lifetime, 5 % of product amounts to 1,5 kg or 3 lbs on average. Maybe lipsticks are the answer to world hunger... But before we start shipping them to all the starving people, let's reconsider: Aside from beeswax, natural oils and ground fish scales (to add the shimmer, what else), lipsticks tend to be full of chromium and manganese which are great for generating cancer and poisoning your nervous system - so smear away and eat up!
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