I’m excited about this one, as it’s a collaboration with the gorgeous Siyana! This is our red lipstick collab, so make sure you check out her post here!
Red lipstick is more than makeup; it’s a fashion statement
Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, Sarah Bernhardt, Clara Bow, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Dita Von Teese: all iconic women who are recognised for two things in common. One is their ruby lips and, second, being recognised as powerful and strong women, not afraid to push boundaries.
History of the red lip
Makeup is certainly not a modern trend; in fact, it dates back thousands of years.
Birth of red lipstick: Ancient Egypt, 3000 – 2700 B.C.
In Ancient Egypt, royals and nobles would crush semi-precious stones into a paste to decorate their lips. Cleopatra was known for crushing red beetles and ants to make a bright red lip stain.
A lot beauty bloggers may now exclaim in excitement at a new lip launch claiming ‘the colour’s so nice, I could die!’ or ‘this product’s worth dying for!’ Well, for many Ancient Egyptians, that would actually be the case. Wearing lipstick could be life-threatening, thanks to a toxic solution that could lead to serious illness and death!
The phrase ‘Kiss Of Death’ was coined because of the harmful mixture of fucus-algin, iodine, and bromine mannite that Egyptian women used to create lipstick.