jueves, 23 de diciembre de 2010

Kiss Of Death A Brief History Of Lipstick

The use of lipstick can be track down as far as the mesopotamian era they used semiprecious jewels to decorate their lips. The Egyptians extracted purpulish-red dye from fucus-algin, iodine and bromine brannite wich resulted in serius illness and causing death there fore they would call the ilness  the kiss of death. Cleopatra used carmine beatles that gave the deep red pigment and ants for a base; lipsticks with shimmering effects had fish scales called pearlescence. The first solid lipstick was invented during the Islamic golden age and in Medival Europe lisptick was banned and though to be used as a incarnation of Satan.  Red lipstick gain popularity in 16th century England thanks to Elizabeth I who made snow wite face and rose red lips a fashion statement. During this period lipsticks where made now from beeswax and plant stains, but only upper class woman and male actors wore makeup. In 1770 the Brittish parliament by law banned lipstick before the wedding day and about 100 years later once again lipstick was considered a fashion no no thanks to Queen Victoria who thought it was untasteful uless you were a prostitute. During the 1800's lipstick took some big steps from being banned in England to reports going around warning woman of its dengers of lead and vermillion used in all cosmetics for the face, but by the end of the century the first commercial lipstick was born thanks to the french perfumers made from  deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax.
Once again the 19th century brought back lipstick in to fashion; by 1915, lipstick was sold in cylinder metal containers and only eight years later  first swivel-up tube was patented. Through the 1920's and 1930's the movie industry created a demand for lipstick, red lipstick standed out from the black and white.  Woman wanted to look like movie stars and wore red lipstick in photographs, there fore photograpy made it okay for woman to wear lipstick. During World War II petrolium and castor oil became unablailabe and just about the only good thing that came out of that war was the first long lasting lipstick. The evolution of color has come rom icons such as  Marylin Monroe staple red lips to the power house Ronettes making white lipstick popular and during this time (around the 1960's) it was seen as a sing of mental illness or lesbianism to not wear any lipstick at all. During the late 70's to the 80's we can thank woman such as Siuxie rocked the black lipstick.
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