Lus­cious lip­sticks

In cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Lip­stick Day, we pay homage to the most pop­u­lar make-up item.

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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 lip­stick­his­

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.

— Lan­come

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.

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