There is more to red lipstick than what meets the eye. This item of make-up has taken a turbulent historical journey to become what it is now. Once considered the root of all evil, it is now a bold symbol of sophistication (if worn properly).
Queen Elizabeth I during her reign in the 16th century wore bright red lipstick and kept the rest of her face pale. This became a trend amongst the upper class women of that era.
Queen Victoria in during her reign in the late 1800's portrayed a much natural light make-up look. Red lipstick was definitely out of the question!
Hitler banned make-up in Germany during World War II, for this reason women in England wore striking red lipstick as an act of defiance.
Red Lipstick is worn by Japanese Geisha. The red lips teamed with pale make-up helps them portray a strong character.
Estée Lauder red lipstick
Issues of Morality
During the medieval period in Europe red lipstick was very closely associated with Satan and it was even banned by the church.
Red lipstick was encouraged to be worn by service women in the Second World War to boost morality. Red lipstick was used in recruitment posters to demonstrate service women could still be feminine in the hope that they would be encouraged to join.
Throughout history in many countries red lipstick was considered to be worn only by prostitutes. Thanks to the fashion industry nowadays the boundaries have blurred as to 'what type' of women wear red lipstick. Red lips are now very much socially acceptable.
Often associated with power, red lipstick stands out when it is worn. Women have said that they feel elevated when they are wearing it (including me).
So ladies (and gentlemen) if you are inspired and would like to try some red lippy for a day, then read on for some advice.
Different shades of red lipstick
Beauty Tips; Some Dos and Don'ts
Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor both made red lipstick fashionable in the 1950's. It is often seen as the classic lip colour. There is almost a cosmetic science behind successfully wearing red lipstick. Here are some handy tips that I have collated: