Where Did Lip Stick Come From?


Even as the current lipstick may not have been here a hundred years ago, people have been coloring their lips since early history. A brightly painted lip merited paying any amount of money and employing any thing, nice or not to paint a brightly colored lip.

Ancient Indian citizens admired the look of the colored lip, going as far as coloring their lips with crushed semi-precious coffee beans.  Egyptians accepted the danger of being very unwell by using a mixture of iodine, kelp and bromine mannite on their lips to get a maroon lip. To get a deep red color to her lips, Cleopatra concocted a dye of beetles and ants. Women in cultures the world over have refused to let anything  sway them from coloring their lips.

Descriptions of these molded and aromatic items are found in the Kitab al-Tasrif, the Arabic 30 volume medical encyclopedia of 1000 C.E. (common era). The creator of the first small cosmetic, Abulcasis, is renowned for much more. As a well known physician, alchemist, make-up artist and scientist, he is also named the originator of modern operations. Till the 1500s, Abulcasis’s writings, translated into Latin, were the number one resource of knowledge for doctors. In acknowledgement of the weight of cosmetics in his 19th book, Abulcasis dedicated a section to make-up.

While many people know employing the best lip stick is only about looking beautiful to satisfy  a survival intuition; females use lip stick as a method of boasting self-image. Although not an economic indicator you will hear spoken about in the news, there is a theory that markets of lipstick increase while in a recession.

Knowledgeable family economists know the confidence boost received is an excellent return on the money spent. Even in the worst parts of economic crisis, most women will treat themselves to a brand new lipstick. As the economy continues its downhill path, many make-up companies, remembering the marked increase in sales after 9/11, focused their 2009 advertising plans on lip stick.

With a large range of lipsticks and hues, over 65 major companies manufacture and sell lip stick. The stunning lip look achieved by applying lip pencil with lipstick has caused make-up manufacturers to change the way they produce lip pencils. The use of oils for shine and herb and spice odors copies the affects most liked by gloss users.

The components have improved a lot from bugs and crushed coffee beans but that remains irrelevant to wearers. No one really minds what goes into their favorite lipstick. What counts most is how vivid and desirable the lips appear.

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