Celebrate National Lipstick Day with our short history of lippy!

Celebrate National Lipstick Day with our short history of lippy!

If you thought lippy was a new invention, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, the ancient Egyptians were partial to enhancing their pouts with crushed cochineal insects. Lovely.
Solid lipsticks were created sometime around 500 AD and ended up being banned by the church in Mediaeval Europe because of its association with loose morals. However, it came storming back into fashion in the 1500s after Queen Elizabeth favoured a dramatic look – pale skin and bold red lips.
A combination of church-based frowning, and the dangers of lead-based make up meant lippy fell off the radar of Victorian women, until that is French scientists began developing safer products with beeswax.
Unsurprisingly, the roaring 20s – era of decadence and rapidly changing fashions – saw its big comeback, especially after the invention of the swivel tube in 1923. Application had never been so easy! Meanwhile the 1930s gave lipstick a glamorous edge, thanks to leading ladies such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor using it to dramatic effect.
It’s never been out of style since, with the 60s bringing an explosion of colours, and even the darker movements of punk and grunge in the 80s and 90s didn’t dampen our ardour – with black shades favoured by the brave.
When do you wear lipstick, and do you have a favourite brand? We’d love to know your lippy habits