Did you know lipstick has been popular for thousands of years around the globe? In fact, people have been wearing lipstick since the 13th Century; the ancient Mayans, ancient Sumerians, aboriginal tribes in Australia, and even the famous Cleopatra rocked a signature shade. Since they didn’t have the variety of waxes and oils we have today, they had to get creative. They made lipstick out of everything from crushed beetles to berries to ground up fish scales mixed with oil. Just be glad you don’t have to wear beetles this July 9 for National Lipstick Day!
National Lipstick Day - Key Moments
First commercial lipstick sold
Guerlain, a French cosmetic company, started to manufacture it.
Red lipstick popularized
Queen Elizabeth brought red lipstick and a plain white face into fashion.
Beeswax lipstick created
During the Tang dynasty, they even added scented oils.
Solid lipsticks invented
Cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi created perfumed sticks he pressed into special molds.
Ancient Sumerians made it out of crushed gemstones.
How to Celebrate National Lipstick Day
1. Treat yourself to a new shade
We know you probably already have your signature shade, but wouldn't it be nice to experiment with a color out of your comfort zone? Use the day as an excuse to try a new shade of lipstick you wouldn't normally wear!
2. Share your colors on social
National Lipstick Day is the perfect excuse for a selfie, so snap the perfect picture and share it with the world. Don't forget to hashtag it #NationalLipstickDay!
3. Throw a makeup party
Invite all your friends over and have them bring their favorite shades. It's a great way to hang out with your friends while discovering your new favorite lipstick brand—whether it's an indie company or a drugstore staple.
Why We Love National Lipstick Day
A. It's the easiest way to get fancy
A swipe of lipstick can make it look like you're wearing a full face of makeup—letting anyone look polished and put together in less time. It can also help you own a signature look: just ask celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor to Taylor Swift!
B. Lipstick-wearers are viewed as more capable
In a 2011 study by Procter & Gamble, researchers from Harvard and Boston University found that people wearing color cosmetics were perceived as more competent and reliable. Lipstick doesn't only make you feel better—it also makes other people trust you more!
C. Lipstick improves both your outlook and posture
Several studies have shown that people who regularly use lipstick have a better posture and higher confidence. And the benefits stay with you as you age—lipstick-wearers ages 65-85 have been shown to have significantly less problems with their posture and balance. Who knew that putting on lipstick was a form of yoga?