10 Fun Facts About Lipstick

Did you know that red lipstick is a symbol of female emancipation?

In 1912, Elizabeth Arden handed out red lipstick to women’s suffragette leaders and other women marching in New York for the right to vote. The women wore bright red lipstick as a sign of solidarity, and it became part of their standard rally uniform.

Find out more interesting facts about lipstick below:

1. Many women who have switched to a vegetarian or vegan diet have also made the choice to only purchase vegan lipstick.


Lipsticks can contain beeswax, animal fat, fish scales, ox marrow and sheep sweat, among other ingredients. These ingredients are used to make lip rouge, boost shine, and make lipstick easier to apply.

2. The main ingredients used in modern lipsticks are waxes (including natural beeswax), oils, pigments and emollients. To protect lips from elements, lipsticks and lip gloss also often contain vitamin E, collagen, amino acids, aloe vera, sunscreen and moisturizers.

3. The average woman in the US spends $1,780 on lipstick in her lifetime.

4. In Ancient Greece, there was a time when lipstick was used to identify prostitutes. It was actually the law that prostitutes could not go outdoors without wearing lipstick, in case they “deceive” men. Prostitutes who were caught without their lipstick on would be prosecuted for “improperly posing as ladies.”

5. During the 16th century, a number of states in America allowed for a marriage to be annulled if the woman wore lipstick during courtship. It was viewed as “trickery.”

6. Lipstick was the only cosmetic allowed to remain in production while others were rationed in Great Britain during WWII. This was because Winston Churchill felt lipstick boosted morale.

7. Earlier versions of lipstick contained toxin ingredients like fucus (a brown algae), lead and vermillion. Lead is still found in some brands of lipstick today.

8. The term “Kiss of Death” is often associated with lipstick due to the “femme fatale” phenomenon in fiction, and because poisonous ingredients were unknowingly used in producing lipstick in ancient society.

9. Lipsticks have expiration dates and can become stale. It is advised not to use a lipstick tube past two years as it will begin to smell. To prolong their life, store them in the fridge!
10. Studies have shown that lipstick sales tend to rise during gloomy or rainy days and economic recession. This is called the “lipstick effect.”

Sources: Byrdie, Lipstick History, BuzzFeed, You  Beauty

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    And it seems to me that cosmetics is in demand regardless of the economic situation in the country and personal solvency of a person, because everyone wants to look beautiful and young. Even those who deny it or say that they do not care. I mainly use only hygienic lipstick with flickering particles, but every fall I am drawn to buy a bright lipstick.

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