Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese, and Taylor Swift are all women from different eras. But they all have that aura of strength and robustness surrounding them, And they embody that in their style, which is why red lipstick is such a signature statement for these ladies. They really know how to rock a red pout! So Today, Dulce Bonito decided to bring you the ultimate red lipstick 101, complete with a history lesson.
How Red Lipstick went from being seen as Heretical to Glamorous
Red lipstick has always been a symbol of power. In ancient Egypt, It was worn by both men and women. They would use a concoction made out of beetles and fish scales to achieve that specific shade of red. Beetles called Carmine are still used to get that all-too-familiar crimson color in lipsticks up to this time! But in the Middle Ages, however, donning red lipstick started being associated with evil. It all took a turn for the better when, in the 15th century, Elizabeth I rose to power, who happened to be a huge red lipstick fan! And then Queen Victoria came along. She wasn’t very fond of makeup and once even described it as “impolite” (Boo, Miss Victoria). Red lipstick continued to be frowned upon until the 19th century. With the rise of feminism, Red Lipstick earned its reputation of power and strength back as women began to embrace their femininity, this struggle of resistance against oppression carried itself into the 20th century, and women proudly wore their red lipsticks in WW2.
A trend then, a trend now
If there’s anything that has continued to be trendy for centuries, that title would be awarded to red lipstick. In the 1920s, makeup artists used to use red on movie actresses for the soft and bright quality the color has, which would translate incredibly well in black-and-white on the silver screen. By the 30s and 40s, it became a popular color to wear for the pin-up models. By 1950, a bright scarlet lip had become a staple to achieve that old Hollywood look, with actresses like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn sporting the beloved shade in every iconic movie. In modern-day, Red lipstick still remains the obvious choice if you want to ooze strength and sophistication.
The right red
A lipstick color with such a rich history is sure to leave anyone dazzled. And the best thing about it is that anyone can wear it! The key is to find the right shade for your skin tone. Red lipstick comes in a variety of different shades, some lean more on the orange side, and some have blue undertones. If you have warm undertones, go for orangey-reds, they’ll make your skin glow! Folks with cool undertones can try blue-based reds to channel their inner Taylor Swift.
Now go out and rock that astonishingly bold and empowering shade of lipstick. Be unapologetically confident in who you are, and never stop having fun!