I decided to update this seven years old post about the history of lipstick because I wrote it while I still was on Blogger and it didn’t look good, here on WordPress. I enjoyed writing it and it deserved a better look.
I would definitely define myself a “lipstick girl”. I love wearing lipstick and I didn’t give up wearing it, even when face masks became mandatory (and who knows when we will put this situation behind). During lockdown, last spring, I put lipstick on before going out for a walk (alone, as requested by Italy’s government). I felt more put together. Now that the situation is getting worse and we’re obliged to wear a face mask even during a walk, I wonder what’s going to happen to the lipstick market, which is already in difficulty, at least in Italy.
I read and heard that the sales of foundation and lipstick sank, since the beginning of the pandemic. Smart working and face masks obviously were the iceberg against which makeup industry has collided.
Lipstick is considered the most feminine make-up product. Did you know that it existed even 5000 years ago?
It seems that Sumerians were the first users of lipstick, obtained from pigments extracted from fruits, henna, and insects. Both men and women wore it, lipstick wasn’t something related to gender.
During the centuries, lipstick has been loved and despised. In ancient Greece it was considered the “trademark” of prostitutes while in ancient Rome it was a kind of status symbol both for men and women.