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Facts about lipstick

Makeup is an essential part of life for most women. What once was a luxury reserved only for the very rich or a theatrical bit of costuming for theaters, is now a multi-billion dollar industry filled with products that women use on a daily basis. Of all the kinds of makeup, lipstick is one of the most popular and instantly recognizable.

Most women who walk the red carpet do so in lipstick!
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Lipstick can bring a lot of color to one's face.
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Lipstick comes in a wide range of colors and brands. Some can cost close to $100 while others can be found in dollar stores. Although most lipsticks are in the red and pink color spectrum other shapes can include orange or even purple hues. Most girls start experimenting with lipstick before any other kind of makeup and so there are some lines of flavored lipsticks and lip glosses that are marketed specially to pre-teens.

Below are some facts about lipstick:

• On average, a woman will spend about $1,780 on lipstick in her lifetime.

• During World War II chemist Hazel Bishop developed a formula for long-lasting lipstick.

• Both men and women in Ancient Egypt wore lipstick as a symbol of their status. They applied it almost daily with wet sticks of wood, and favored colors such as magenta, blue-black, red and orange.

• Wealthy women in Ancient Rome usually had their own professional team of hairstylists and makeup artists, called cosmatae, who applied their lipstick every day. Unfortunately, many early lipsticks contained toxic ingredients like white lead, fucus, and vermillion. Animal fat, sheep sweat, and ox marrow were also used to make lipstick as were fish scales (the make it shiny).

• Elizabeth Taylor allegedly demanded that no one else could wear red lipstick while on set with her.

• During World War II most cosmetics were rationed, except for lipstick because Winston Churchill felt that it boosted morale.

• Men look at women with lipstick on longer than women with bare lips.

• In England in the 1500s Queen Elizabeth believed that lipstick had magical powers. At the time of her death she reportedly had over half an inch of lipstick on!

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