The lipstick is certainly one of the beauty products many people, especially women, can’t leave home without. Even if you don’t put on any other product on your face, putting on a proper shade of lipstick does wonders. It’s so simple, yet its history is complicated. Whether you own only one tube of lipstick or more than a dozen of them, it will be fascinating to know something about that coloring material you swipe across your lips.
1. The average woman spends $15,000 on makeup during her lifetime. Out of that amount, around $1,780 goes to lipstick, and don’t be surprised if most of them goes for korean lipsticks.
2. MAC Ruby Woo is the best-selling lipstick in the US and around the world. It gives a vivid red color with blue undertones and a true matte finish. The company said that four Ruby Woo lipsticks are being around the world every minute! If you haven’t tried that shade, you might think, “What makes it so special?” Well, it’s like a little black dress. It’s timeless, sophisticated and looks amazing for every skin tone and age.
3. The most expensive lipstick in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick. While the original KissKiss only costs around $34, what you’ll be paying for this one is the bling. One hundred ninety-nine diamonds are encrusted in its 18-karat gold tube. Sparkly! The good thing is it’s refillable (because who would like to stop using that pricey tube?) and it’s available in 15 exclusive shades.
4. If you love your long-lasting lipstick, give thanks because Hazel Bishop existed. She is a biochemist who invented the first long-lasting lipstick after World War II. She tried making some dermatological products but did not make it to the market. Aiming to appeal to the people, she tried creating a non-drying and smudge-proof lipstick that would not smear on teeth, people, glasses, cigarettes or clothing. Using lanolin, dye and molten wax, she created the first long-lasting lipstick.
In 1950, she founded her own business to sell her creation for $1 each. It was promoted in ads, featuring a man and woman amorously embracing, with a tagline that says: “It stays on YOU… Not on HIM!” The product was a success – selling out every tube on the first day of launch.
5. The colorful history of lipstick started around 3,500 BC with Queen Schub-ad of the ancient civilization of Ur. The Sumerian Queen used white lead as a base and then applied crushed red rocks as a lip colorant.