In celebration of International Lipstick Day, we pay homage to the most popular make-up item.
CAN you imagine waking up in the morning and having to go out in the fields to scour, pluck and beat up a plant to produce a lip colour?
That is what humans did in prehistoric times. But it was for a different reason. A lip colour would camouflage a hunter’s face and help them blend in with their surroundings to avoid being seen or eaten by their prey.
In early civilisation, Mesopotamian woman would crush precious gems and use the dust to decorate their lips, according to lipstickhistory.com.
Later on Egyptian women found a moresophisticated way to tint their lips by crushing bugs.
Today, we are still crushing bugs to obtain a red or carmine dye from cochineal, an insect that lives on the cactus plant that is native to Central America and Mex ico.
So, when you see carmine, carminic acid, cochineal ex tract, natural red 4, san red 4, Crimson Lake, C.I. 75470 or E120 in the ingredients list on your lipstick, it means thered dye is from the cochineal insect.
Thered dye is crucial in creating a pure red tint or as an undertone to various lip colours but instead of animal derived, today it can be sourced from synthetic colourants.
While early lipsticks were focused purely on colouring the lips, now most lipsticks offer a variety of ingredients that help keep your lips moisturised, with some even offering plumping effects.
In celebration of International Lipstick Day on July 29, here’s some inspiration in choosing your nex t lipstick.
It’s International Lipstick Day this July 29 so it’s a good enough excuse for you to buy another lipstick!
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Cream Lipstick (J Adore 230), RM125 This 10-hour lipstick offers long lasting colour whileits antiox idant-rich seaberry, meranti and cocoa butter keep lips nourished and hydrated.
Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick (No.238 Miss Sunshine), RM85
Its Ultra-Micronised Pigment ex presses more vivid colour with a single application, is silky-soft in tex tureand offers long lasting moisture.
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Advanced Replenishing & Reshaping Lipcolor Pro-Xylane (290 Poeme Matte), RM110
Infused with moisture-boosting Pro-Xylanethis lipstick keeps lips moisturised for up to eight hours whileits colour stays true.
Sephora Collection Rouge Matte (03 No Superstar), RM49 This ultra-mattelipstick is enriched with shea butter and rich emollients which continuously nourishes lips, and delivers a bold colour.
“I loveDahlia, a soft mattenon-drying and long lasting lipstick, by So.lek Cosmetics. It’s a Malaysian brand created by Dahlia Nadirah and Luqman Hakim, and I love supporting good local brands. This lip cream stays in my heart becausethecolour suits all occasions, day or night!” – Atilia Haron, singer/songwriter/yoga instructor
Burberry Kisses (Bright Plum No.101), RM110
Infused with Burberry’s signatureblend of rosehip, tea and lavender, this buildablecolour glides on easily with continuous hydration.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (Mercy – Romantic Garnet Berry), RM104
Formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, this lipstick drenches your lips with bold colour, and combines lasting wear with comfort.