Red Lipstick in History

Feeling chic and sophisticated? Want to channel your inner goddess? When the mood overtakes you, choose RED! Red lipstick is like a perfect black cardigan; you can never have too many. My obsession with red lipstick began at an early age, and being a history buff, I decided to research the history of red lipstick. I wanted to know more about this passionate, rich, and vibrant color. Welcome to my History for the Red Lipstick Connoisseur.

Red lips have fascinated men and women alike since 3,000 BCE. A bold, look-at- me-color that demands attention, red lipstick has been advocated by the world’s most powerful women. (This supports my theory that red lipstick is the equivalent of a man’s power tie)

In the beginning, the ingredients used to create this come-hither hue were iodine, mannite, and a purplish-red dye taken from seaweed. It’s said that ancient Mesopotamian women were the first to invent actual lipstick by using crushed precious jewels. Cleopatra, desiring a deeper red, a red fit for a queen, used crushed carmine beetles and ants. Queen Elizabeth I used a simpler recipe of beeswax and plant derived red dyes. …I would personally love a red lipstick made out of crushed rubies – talk about true decadence!

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6 thoughts on “Red Lipstick in History

  1. Okay- I have to agree with you there! I would LOVE to say my lipstick was made from crushed rubies! Heck yeah! Not so much crushed bugs though. That’s really gross. I mean, I’m all for suffering for my beauty, but there’s a line! I’ve only recently began to realize that cosmetics can be made with all kinds if unhealthy ingredients. Paraben is one preservative that is used in lots of lipsticks. The scary thing about that is that parabens have been found in alarmingly large amounts in breast cancer tumors. That, to me, is no coincidence. That’s why I look for lipsticks (something that is put on my lips which can end up in my stomach) that are made without parabens like you find at Red Apple Lipstick. Sure, there are some companies that say they have products that are paraben and gluten free, but they just don’t compare to RAL. Red Apple Lipstick has made a commitment to making a quality product without adding all those nasty ingredients. Check them out at for more info. I am so glad I found them!

  2. I’m loving your posts, I think you might love mine just as much? It would mean alot if you checked out my hot to trot blog, i’v just started it’s only a baby so be gentle x

    1. It was free hahah ‘Book Lite by Chandra Maharzan’ I thought it was a bit too zoomed in but if you like it 🙂

    2. yes, I looked and realized it was a free format, add widgets and your twitter,facebook links….plus a search box – look at my citygirl blog as an example for the extras….give people more to look at….otherwise nice work.
      my best,

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