If there’s one makeup product that truly is a must have, it’s lipstick. But why is lipstick shaped the way that it is? As beauty lovers, we take our research seriously. And today we have set out to explore how lipstick came to be associated with this iconic shape.
Lip color is not new – the ancient Egyptians were wearing striking shades derived from natural sources. Lipstick is shaped at an angle inside the tube to allow for precise application. This means you only color inside the lines and can create the perfect cupid’s bow.
The History Of Lipstick
In many older cultures, such as in Egypt and Japan, lip color was commonly worn by women. In some cultures it was even viewed as a symbol of class. As the ideas of purantical Christianity spread in the middle ages, lipstick came to be associated with immorality. Women who wore lipstick were viewed as witches or prostitutes.
In the U.K. in the 16th Century, lipstick came to be associated with power as upper class women including Queen Elizabeth started painting their lips. However some ideas of immorality being linked to lipstick made their way well into the 19th century. Respected women did not wear lipstick, which was reserved for prostitutes and actors. These lip colors were made at home using natural dyes and salve.
The first commercially produced lipstick was manufactured by French perfume brand Guerlain in the late 19th century. These lipstick were not made in the tube shape that we now immediately associate with lipstick.
Maurice Levy invented the lipstick tube – the shape we associate with lipstick today. By 1915, these tube lipsticks had hit mainstream markets in the U.S and Europe. The shape meant you get more precise application and carry the lipstick in your purse easily, which more and more modern women began doing.
The swivel up tube was invented until a decade later. When it came to lipstick colors for the modern 20th century woman, red was the color of choice.
Must Have Lipsticks
Now that you know the history of this classic makeup product, you may be tempted to get your hands on a new tube or two. We have rounded up some of our favorite lipsticks for all occasions and all people.
Since Guerlain is the pioneer of the modern lipstick, our must haves list starts with Guerlain. Rouge G De Guerlain # 21 is a pinkish red lipstick with a cream finish. The lightweight formula can last on your lips for hours and the bright red can go from day to night with ease.
Elizabeth Arden was also one of the pioneers of lipstick. Legend has it that in 1912, Elizabeth Arden actually distributed red lipsticks to the suffragettes. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick comes in 24 gorgeous shades, all of which are super creamy. If you’re looking for a classic lipstick that lasts all day and doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry, this is the lipstick for you.
The one lipstick everyone needs is a lovely nude and there are a few that we love. Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey is a warm toned nude that looks great on everyone. You need one of Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic gold tubes in your makeup drawer and this is the perfect shade to start with.
You can’t make a list of lipstick must haves without putting MAC on the list. The most famous MAC lipstick of course is Ruby Woo, but also love MAC Matte Lipstick Diva, a deep burgundy for the woman who isn’t scared of attracting attention.
My absolute all time favorite is MAC’s Honey Love Matte lipstick – so underrated!
Although lipstick tubes have been the standard for over a century, many brands are now launching lipstick palettes with brush applicators. These allow you to mix shades easily and apply with even greater precision. From MAC to L’Oreal, all major lipstick brands now have palettes for you to create your perfect shade easily.
Lipstick is shaped the way it is for precise application, but we can only guess what the future of lipstick shapes will be.