Spilled “T” of the Makeup Queens: Kiss of Death

Katie Gregory, Columnist • kagregory16@ehc.edu



Red lipstick is the most iconic color for the lips. It is one of the oldest colors used throughout history. It is said that Cleopatra was a fan of the bold cherry lips. Queen Elizabeth I in England, around the 1500s had released the tinted lip trend on the world.

The earliest versions of lipstick were made up of plants and harmful chemicals. The chemicals would cause illness, pain, and even death. Talk about “beauty is pain.” Eventually giving lipstick the name “Kiss of Death.” The Catholic church during Victorian times deemed lipstick to be enchanting and called it the devil’s work. They believed it would trap men and bend them to the will of women. The church’s opinion of red lipstick was that is was only for prostitutes and actresses, and any woman who wore makeup was deemed unladylike.

In 1884 a French cosmetics company, Guerlain, had managed to produce the first commercial lipstick. With the convenience of the accessibility to lipstick, it became more popular throughout the world.

The Lipstick Effect was in full swing in the early 1930’s in America. People couldn’t afford grand things such as cars, but they could afford the little things in life. Lipstick sales soared as women wanted to be an icon of beauty wearing the most popular red color. During World War 2 women wore red lipstick to show their patriotism for their country and the men who went off to wore. Some factories even kept tubes of the iconic red lipstick in the washrooms for the women who forgot theirs at home or for the ones who couldn’t afford it.

Lipstick to this day continues to be one of the best selling items in the makeup world. Not only is it the best selling, but it also one of the earliest forms of the makeup obsession! No makeup guru is complete without her lipstick!

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