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What Is The Purpose Of Lipstick? - Hidden Facts You Need To Know

2021/11/10

Looking at the family pictures, I noticed no woman was without lipstick. A question popped into my head. What is the purpose of lipstick? Who first wore it? What does lipstick do? What would happen without it? From natural to dazzling party makeup, lipsticks are everywhere. But why use them? Is it only a makeup essential, or is it something more? So, I asked my mom why she wore lipstick before leaving the house. Her answer surprised me. She said a soldier never forgets his Swiss Army knife.


Lipsticks have been around since ancient times. Women of early civilization used them to beautify their appearances. A women lipstick is not only a colored tube. It is the strongest weapon of self-declaration. Today's post is packed with all the surprising facts about lipstick cosmetics!

 

Purpose of Lipsticks- An Historic Overview/History of Lipstick

Before I start babbling about the modern-day importance of lipsticks, let's take a historic overview.  According to a researcher, the first use of women lipstick dates back to ancient civilizations. Queen Circa, in 3500 B.C, was the first lipstick user. The Egyptian women also used lip colorants. Cleopatra made lip paints from crushed beetles and ants. The appearance of lipstick was frequently seen in the Indus Civilization.


While researching, I found another interesting fact. In early times, lipsticks were the luxury of the elite. Royals used to wear them. The trend continued for centuries. In the 16th century, the Catholic hold began in Europe. The use of lipsticks (particularly of red color) was equivalent to worshipping Satan. So, lipsticks vanished. The trend revived in the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first. Moon white faces with bright lips became an ongoing trend. Shortly after this, lipsticks became a low-class trend. Some governments issued laws against them. Red-painted lips were thought of as a symbol of deceit and prostitution. Whoa! That is some solid history for just a waxed colored stick.  

 

Lipsticks and Their Modern Life Purpose

 

What is the purpose of lipstick in the modern era? Well, we all know the answer. But, still, a definite answer is absent. That is why we will talk about some of the purposes and benefits of lipsticks. Lipsticks change the overall look and feel of your personality. Modern women consider lipsticks as their go-to. Whether it's a walk in the park or a visit to the clinic, we always spare a few minutes to wear lipstick. A lot of studies show that ancient women wore lipsticks as a status indicator. The women in Marine Corps in WW II used lipsticks to show bravery and patriotism. But, most importantly, lipsticks have one purpose. Highlighting the beauty with self-definition.


Modern women consider lipstick as a makeup essential. The color you wear indicates a lot about your personality. That is why women are picky about their lipstick colors. Specialists say bold colors indicate bravery, youth, confidence, and desire. When women want to look irresistible, they tend to wear bold lipstick colors. On the other hand, teenage girls usually like pinkish shades or nude colors.


The perfect example is Betty Cooper and Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale. You may have noticed, despite being cousins, their choices for lipstick color are poles apart. A lot of trendy makeup looks have lipsticks as their core element. Without lipsticks, makeup loses its charm. Let’s take a minute and observe. Cheryl wears her signature red. It shows her bravery and power. In comparison, Betty seems cautious with her pink lips.  

 

6 Unique Purposes of Lipsticks- Things You Don’t Think About Often

We discussed the purpose of lipsticks, in both ancient and modern life. Let's take a different aspect of the question, what is the purpose of lipsticks.  

1. Confidence

Lipsticks make you confident. How? It's an argument that comes up every time my mom buys me a new lipstick. She says lipsticks build confidence. They define and sharpen your look.

Lipsticks help you grab attention.  

 

2. Sun Protection

Other than abstract benefits, lipsticks also have physical ones. Most lipsticks have a UV protection formula. They keep your lips safe from harmful sun waves.


3. Moisturizer for Lips

Although lipstick was invented to stimulate self-declaration, they work as a lip moisturizer too. The Aloe Vera ingredient helps keep your lips hydrated.


4. Define Your Smile

The best purpose of lipstick is that they help define your smile. Smile fixes a lot of things. Whether you are trying to fix a political dispute or a home matter, a smile works wonders.


5. Personality Sparkers

The colors you wear adds a spark to your personality. Remember that Cheryl and Betty example I explained earlier? This is it.

Everyone has some favorite colors which make them feel comfortable. All of us wear trendy colors when going to a theme party. But everyday lipstick shades say a lot about you.

Most women who wear bold red or shocking pink colors appear more powerful and in control.


6. Complexion Enhancement

Have you ever thought lipsticks could enhance your complexion? It was not originally the purpose of lipstick, but it’s an unseen benefit.

Choose lipstick according to your undertone. And you will feel tremendous uplift in your complexion. Consider this as a bit of friendly advice.

 

Conclusion

Alright, so that was all on what is the purpose of lipstick? Let's summarize the facts. Lipsticks have been around since ancient times. Earlier, they used to represent social statuses, power, or simply the riches women possessed. Later the army women used them to symbolize patriotism and bravery during the war. There was also a time when lipsticks lost their reputation during the Catholic period in Europe.


Now the modern women consider lipstick as their lifeline. Regardless of the occasion, lipsticks have their spot reserved. Another key thing that came out in this post is, lipstick's purpose depends on your perspective. It’s more like the self-thought thing. You can wear lipstick for the purpose you seem fit. If you want to look powerful, controlling, or kind and subtle, a lipstick color plays an important role.


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