National Lipstick Day Celebrates Makeup’s Bizarre History

Lipstick may be a pretty common item in today’s world but that hasn’t always been the case. People who wore lipstick used to be considered prostitutes, rebels, or even witches. Here are a few fun facts to celebrate National Lipstick Day.

Before the 16th century, some cultures believed that lipstick was connected to satanic rituals.

In 1770, British Parliament tried to ban lipstick. The proposed law would have annulled any marriage if the woman wore lipstick before her wedding day.

Queen Elizabeth I is often credited for making lipstick fashionable. Her stark white face and bright red lips helped bring lipstick to high society. Queen Elizabeth II carried on the tradition and even had her own shade made for her coronation.

Lipstick has been around for more than four thousand years. Women in ancient Mesopotamia used to grind colorful gems and then decorate their lips with the dust .

Maurice Levy is credited with inventing the modern lipstick tube in the early 1900s.

Lipstick owes much of its popularity to the rise of photography and film. Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are often credited as lipstick pioneers.

Today, nearly 80% of American women wear lipstick regularly while 20% “don’t leave home without it.”

Happy National Lipstick Day!

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