The use of lipstick has been traced to ancient times, particularly to the women of
Egypt. In general, the rouging of lips could often be accomplished with the natural stain of a berries and beeswax or special blends of semi-precious stone grindings applied to lips. Some say that either subconsciously or consciously on the wearer’s part, lip stain is meant to heighten the sexuality and attractiveness of the wearer and signal fertility. Lipstick is usually not worn until adolescence or adulthood in many cultures, though it can be observed within the pageantry of some talent competitions featuring grade school girls.
Makeup in the Middle Ages was banned by some religions. The Victorian Era witnessed a surge in the popularity of lipstick and lily white skin. Makeup and lip stain became increasing popular in the early 1900s during the era of the Flapper. The Nineteen Amendment made United States women voting citizens. Women began to exercise their freedom in how they dressed, applied makeup, and behaved untraditionally. Whether or not makeup and lip stain was a positive attribute on women depended on who you asked and the controversy continues for some people.
Lipstick has come to be associated with a variety of particular meanings and associations over time. Glamorous movies stars, romance, and beauty are major categories where lipstick has its place. If you say a man has lipstick on his collar, whether he literally does or not, you are suggesting he is being unfaithful to a partner. The symbol of blotted lips on the back of envelopes became popular with ladies sealing their letter with a kiss. And certainly the symbol of lips and kissing continues to compliment the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Some lipsticks used to be created with dangerous or deadly elements so the phrase Kiss of Death evolved.
Today, face decoration with lipstick is popular around the world. Regular, every day people wear it to enhance their features and keep their lips hydrated. Lip stain is an important work tool for clowns who frequently exaggerate the size and shape of their lips for entertainment value. Many people living very public lives rely on lip stain to help them look fresh and youthful. Celebrities are a great example of this phenomenon. Using celebrities to promote makeup makes great sense because so many people idolize popular people who appear frequently in films or who become famous and well-known for whatever reason.