Timeless, lipstick is one of the oldest products in the world of makeup and is also one of the darlings of the makeup bags of those who love beauty. Did you know that there is even a Lipstick Day?


Photo: Brigitte Calegari

Celebrated on July 29, lipstick day has countless curiosities and, at each moment in history, it was seen and represented in a different way. With that in mind, today we came to tell you a little about the history of this product!

Photo: Lancôme

Photo: Lancôme

  1. In ancient Egypt, men and women dyed their lips daily and that was synonymous of status!
  2. Cleopatra loved to dye her lips, but unlike the lipstick we know today, she used flowers, crushed beetles, and even semi-precious stones to get her lips colored..
  3. On the other hand, Greek women used a red root mixed with honey wax, which left the lips with a healthier and more moist appearance. Almost a balm, right?
  4. During the Middle Ages, lipstick was banned by the Catholic Church as it was seen as immoral and a sin.
  5. In the reign of Elizabeth I, lipstick was made with beeswax and vegetable dyes. The Queen was so fond of using the product that she simply ignored Church rules, and more: she launched a beauty trend from the use of lipstick. The skin should be as white as possible and the lips very red.
  6. It was only in 1880 that the first lipstick – more like the shape we know – was launched and marketed by Guerlain!
  7. Lipstick gained popularity after World War II, when makeup gained prominence in the movie industry and actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor popularized lipstick. Soon, this product started to be used in different occasions.

So, what did you think of these curiosities about this cosmetic that is so present in our daily lives? Tell us in the comments: what is your favorite lipstick and shade?