Lipstick Lore












*During WWII, production of cosmetics was slowed because the War Production Board thought the ingredients would better serve the war. Most American women were willing to sacrifice their cosmetics, but they were pretty upset about giving up their lipstick!


*Despite this, it was considered patriotic to wear lipstick during the war.


*In the days when lipstick was but a faraway dream, women crushed berries and sometimes used blood to color their lips. Early lipstick recipes included crushed beetles!


*Some shiney lipsticks include ingredients made from fish scales.



Lipstick in the 1920's was usually dark red, plum, or brownish. The fashion was to make your mouth look as small and as round as a berry. Lipstick was used to create a "cupid's bow," where lipstick was applied to the top lip to create two distinct points. If you had a wide or full mouth, you simply created the small shape you wanted.


In the 1930's, women wore orangish or plum shades. As they neared the 40's, they graduated to bright reds. Now it was enviable to have a full mouth, ala Joan Crawford.
The Gilded Aesthetic : Lipstick Lore

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Lipstick Lore












*During WWII, production of cosmetics was slowed because the War Production Board thought the ingredients would better serve the war. Most American women were willing to sacrifice their cosmetics, but they were pretty upset about giving up their lipstick!


*Despite this, it was considered patriotic to wear lipstick during the war.


*In the days when lipstick was but a faraway dream, women crushed berries and sometimes used blood to color their lips. Early lipstick recipes included crushed beetles!


*Some shiney lipsticks include ingredients made from fish scales.



Lipstick in the 1920's was usually dark red, plum, or brownish. The fashion was to make your mouth look as small and as round as a berry. Lipstick was used to create a "cupid's bow," where lipstick was applied to the top lip to create two distinct points. If you had a wide or full mouth, you simply created the small shape you wanted.


In the 1930's, women wore orangish or plum shades. As they neared the 40's, they graduated to bright reds. Now it was enviable to have a full mouth, ala Joan Crawford.

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