Celebrate National Lipstick Day!
Did you know there’s a whole lot more to lipstick than meets the eye (or rather, lips)? We think it’s the best day of the year to brush up on lipstick’s past. Here’s our pick of the top six questions to ponder this National Lipstick Day.
How long has lipstick been around for?
Finding the origins of lipstick is not as simple as going back to the first time somebody said, “Where’s my Avon?”
Heading way-way back into the past, the ancient Mayans, aboriginal tribes of Australia, and even Cleopatra were into lip-color. It was a messier affair back then. No shiny tubes and waxy formulas that appear at the twist of a wrist. Back then, they had to resort to crushed veggies and berries, and even ground up beetles and fish scales mixed with oil – now that’s lip color commitment for you!
A (brief) timeline of lipstick:
- It is believed that lipstick was first made from crushed gemstones by the ancient Sumerians in 4000 BC.
- In 618 AD, the Tang dynasty began to add scented oils to beeswax lipstick.
- It took until the 1300s for solid lipsticks (perfumed sticks pressed into special molds) to be invented by cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi.
- The popularity of red lipstick got a boost in the 1500s when Queen Elizabeth I rocked the red lipstick and plain white face look.
- In 1770 the British Parliament banned lipstick, claiming it was “a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage”.
- Queen Victoria considered the wearing of lipstick impolite.
- It was only in 1884 that the first commercial lipstick was sold.
- In WWII Winston Churchill declared that lipstick was an excellent morale booster.
- Ever since the 1940s lipstick has never – not even once – fallen out of fashion.
How can I celebrate National Lipstick Day?
Even if you have a busy day on July 29, take a minute to swipe on your favorite color, take a few selfies and post the pics on social media using #nationallipstickday.
If you have nothing planned for the day or you’re an ‘any excuse for a party’ girl, invite your friends over for a lipstick party. Get them to bring along their favorite shades and a lipstick-themed party snack. Trying new shades just doesn’t get any better than this!
A lipstick’s just a lipstick, right?
Quick answer? No way!
Lipstick isn’t only a way to express your mood and help you to feel more confident – it encourages people to trust you more. That’s what researchers from Harvard and Boston University found in a study in 2011 - that women who wear color cosmetics were, “perceived as more competent and reliable”.
Still need an excuse to stock up on lots of different lip colors? Lipstick is more than a way to fake the flush of youth. Lipsticks that are not only pretty, but also treat the lips, can help to hydrate this delicate area, prevent sun damage and even fine lines that appear around the mouth as time goes by. We love Avon’s Beyond Color Lip Conditioner for its conditioning and moisturizing properties, and its sheer color means you can wear it under lipsticks that tend to dry out the lips.
How to choose the shade that’s perfect for you?
Neutrals, pinks, reds, shimmer or glitter, matte or shine, lipstick, gloss or tint?
Start with your skin’s undertone. You’re either warm or cool, while a neutral undertone is less common. People with cool undertones that tend to have fairer skin with a pink or bluish hue, typically look better in silver jewelry and usually burn before they tan. Choose lipstick with blue or purple-shaded undertones and avoid anything with an orange shade or shades that are too light – they’ll make you look paler. Try Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose.
If you have a yellow, golden, or olive hue to your skin, you probably have a warm undertone. If the veins in your wrist have a greenish tinge, you rock gold jewelry, and tend to tan or get bronze without much hassle, then you have a warm undertone. Choose deep red or orange lipsticks – Avon’s Beyond Color Lipstick in Heat Wave will do the trick.
If you look good in silver and gold jewelry, then you probably have a neutral undertone. This means your skin is complemented by a wider range of colors. Try Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Toasted Cashew.
How do I create the perfect pout?
Begin with healthy, hydrated lips. Dampen a cotton face cloth with warm water and move in a circular motion across the lips, gently exfoliating to remove rough skin.
Next, apply a primer or concealer that blends with your lip color. Use a flat or small fluffy brush to blend in, but begin with as little concealer as possible and add as needed. Seal in your lip base with face powder. Taking time to prepare your base will dramatically increase your lipstick’s staying power.
Now for lip liner – there are two reasons for using lip liner before applying lipstick: it not only helps to define your natural lip line, it also keeps your lipstick from getting messy by keeping the color inside the lines. Here’s how to professionally line your lips:
- Use a lip liner that complements your skin tone and make sure it does not clash with your lipstick color.
- Draw over your natural lip line, corner-to-corner. You can bring out the beauty of your cupid’s bow by drawing an ‘X’ shape on your upper lip, just below your cupid’s bow. Of course, the lines inside the lip will be covered by lipstick – it’s the outer lines that will define the area. For creamy, soft, long-wearing color that goes on in a precise line every time, try Avon True Color Glimmersticks Lip Liner.
It’s time to apply your lipstick. Use a small lip brush for an even application. Get into the corners of the mouth and brush in as many coats as you need to achieve the desired intensity. If your lips tend to be dry, avoid matte lipsticks and instead opt for a creamy formula that will moisturize your lips and keep them looking plump and healthy through the day. For thinner lips, avoid darker lipsticks shades – these tend to make the mouth look even smaller.
Neaten and correct the outer edges of your lipstick with a small concealer blush.
For a softer, more natural look – leave off the lip liner and use your finger to blot on color, pressing your finger onto the lips and staying with your lip’s natural line.
Finish the look with a touch of shimmer at the center of the lips and a bit of gloss for a red carpet pout. One of our favorites is Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Salted Caramel or for a touch of sheer luxury – Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss in Aura.
What’s the best way to remove lipstick?
Run out of makeup remover wipes and have to remove your perfect pout with the least amount of fuss? There are a few ways you can do this with products you probably have in the cupboard already – just remember to always treat the delicate lip area gently.
Petroleum Jelly dabbed onto the lips and left to sit for a minute or two, will take off lipstick with a few swipes of a wet wipe or cotton ball. Delicious wonder foods – virgin coconut oil and olive oil – work great. Just rub over your lips and wipe off with a cotton ball.
Happy National Lipstick Day!