This post was previously published here, on September 02nd, 2010.

Did you know this about lipstick?

  • Cleopatra, Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, used crushed carmine beetles to stain her lips a vibrant shade of red.
  • Lipstick gained popularity in the 16th century thanks to the English Queen Elizabeth I and the ladies of her court, who coloured their lips with a blend of beeswax and red mercuric sulphide.
  • The first push-up lipstick went on the market in 1915.
  • The average woman consumes about 4 to 6 pounds of lipstick during a lifetime by licking her lips. Now you know why you need to re-apply it after eating!
  • During the Islamic Golden Age, the Arab Andalusian physician and chemist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis) invented solid lipstick, which consisted of perfume and other ingredients pressed in moulds. He described the process in his text, in his encyclopaedia of medicine and surgery, the Al-Tasrif.
  • In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law that said a woman wearing lipstick could be tried for witchcraft.
  • Max Factor, make-up artist to the stars, invented lip-gloss in 1930.
  • Lipstick’s popularity grew during the Second World War thanks to the movie industry and applying make-up became commonplace for women.
  • In 1950, American chemist Hazel Bishop developed the world’s first kissable non-smear, long-lasting lipstick.

Source: in.oriflame.com.

  • Najpoznatija egipatska faraonka, Kleopatra, rabila je boju iz usitnjenih crvenih kukaca kako bi svoje usne obojala crveno.
  • Ruž za usne postao je popularan u 16. stoljeću zahvaljujući engleskoj kraljici Elizabeti I. koja je sa svojim dvorjankama bojala usne mješavinom voska i crvenog živinog sulfida.
  • Prvi ruž se pojavio na tržištu 1915. godine.
  • Prosječna žena pojede oko 2-3 kg ruža ližući svoje usne tijekom života. Sada znate zbog čega nakon svakog obroka morate ponovno nanijeti ruž na usne!
  • U vrijeme Islamskog zlatnog doba arapski liječnik i kemičar iz Andaluzije, Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis), izumio je ruž u krutom stanju kojeg je, pomiješanog s parfemom, kreirao u glinenim kalupima. Način dobivanja takvog ruža opisao je u Enciklopediji medicine i kirurgije, Al-Tasrif.
  • Britanski je parlament 1770. godine donio zakon prema kojemu se ženama koje nose ruž za usne može suditi zbog čarobiranja i vještičjih moći.
  • Najveći umjetnik make-upa, Max Factor, 1930. godine izumio je sjajilo za usne.
  • Popularnost ruža za usne rasla je tijekom Drugog svjetskog rata, najviše zahvaljujući filmskoj industriji. Ruž je tada postao svakidašnjica za svaku ženu.
  • 1950. godine američki kemičar Hazel Bishop izumio je prvi trajni ruž za usne koji se pri ljubljenju ne razmazuje.

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