The Perfect Red Lipstick

Red lipstick has been one of those timeless beauty staples. Many people don't know this but make-up and beauty products have been used since ancient times. The Ancient Egyptians were using precious stones, bug, or charcoal for beauty products like makeup, lipstick, or eyeliner.

It has been used by both noble people but also prostitutes, depending on the place and time. The history of red lipstick is a winding tale of power, death, rebellion, and bawdiness. Some smeared it on despite the stigma, while others literally poisoned themselves with toxic lipstick formulas in order to look beautiful.

Powerful women from ancient or medieval times have used it to assert their space, while others used it to build courage and flirt with the idea of coming out of their boxes, or attract men, in the case of the prostitutes. 

Ancient Times

Ancient Sumerian men and women were the first to invent lipstick. They used to make it out of crushed gemstones and white lead and painting their lips and eyes with the concoction. Egyptians like Cleopatra also added red lip paint to their arsenal, crushing bugs to create a crimson for their lips. 

While lip stains were seen as signs of aristocracy in Egypt, in ancient Greece it was viewed as the mark of the plebeian — or the prostitute.

Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, people tended to go bare-faced, but not out of choice. Instead, the Church decided that painting one's face was a challenge to God and his workmanship, and banned their use.

"Pictures of devils putting lipstick on women appeared often, and women frequently had to address their lipstick use at confession," Sally Pointer, the author of The Artifice of Beauty: A History and Practical Guide to Perfumes and Cosmetics, wrote in her book. But then again, priests did offer some sympathy for husbands, creating a loophole: the use of lipstick was not a mortal sin if done “to remedy severe disfigurement or so as to be not looked down upon by [one’s] husband.” Bless.

Elizabethan Age & Victorian Era

Other people, like Queen Elizabeth I, disregarded the strict church policy against the red lipstick and had worn it anyway.
During the Victorian era it was still seen as something shocking, and only actresses were seen wearing it. 

Modern Age

The Red lipstick became the "it" product during the 20th century starting with the Flapper Movement and the first lip color in a sliding metal tube was pushed into the market by inventor Maurice Levy.

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So, women (and, on occasions, men) have worn the crimson lip shade since make-up began. Why then, is it so hard to find that perfect red?!
It’s all down to finding the perfect red lipstick for YOU! The same shade will look so different on people because not everyone can wear that dark, dreamy blood red or a bubbly bright, bold red.
Check out this cool test I found on the Illamasqua website that can help you determine which shade to choose:
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Check Out Some Fabulous Lipstick Options:

MAËLLE Clearly Brilliant Collection
Kylie Holiday Lipstick Vault
Guerlain Rouge G 2018 Chinese New Year Edition Collector - Garconne No. 25
Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture - Star Clash' Lip Color - 01 Le Rouge
MAC Lipstick Viva Glam Sia
Matte Crème Lip Crayon Collection
Gucci Luxurious Moisture Rich Lipstick

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