This History of Lipstick

This History of Lipstick

The first lipsticks were worn by both men and women, and were likely worn to indicate wealth. Later, lipstick meant the opposites—women of low class, specifically prostitutes. By the Middle Ages, women who wore lipstick were deemed incarnations of Satan by the church.


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Key Facts In This Video

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    The first lipsticks likely date back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia (modern-day Middle East). (0:54)

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    In the Middle Ages, the church stated that women who wore lipstick were incarnations of Satan. (2:56)

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    Economists believe that when lipstick sales increase, the economy is on the decline, citing that women may spend on small luxuries and forgo larger expenses in tough economic times. (5:56)

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