Lipstick is a powerful makeup tool. It can make a bold statement, perfectly balance a look or even do both! A swipe of a red shade of lipstick partnered with tortoise shell eyeglasses is my go to lazy day makeup look. It’s effortless but looks like I put in a lot of work while also balancing out my face.
It’s no wonder beauty brands are always fighting for new technology in the creation of lipsticks. NARS’ new Powermatte Lipsticks are an ink like texture that makes their shades super long wearing. ByTerry’s Rouge-Expert Click Stick is formed in a teardrop shade so it hugs your lip line perfectly and can be used with just 1 hand.
Lipstick can also become a signature piece of your style. When you think of Gwen Stefani you think of red, Jennifer Lopez has her nude shade locked down, and have you ever notice how many times Jennifer Hudson has worn a stunning berry shade?
It’s interesting to see the most popular shades and how they vary depending on your geographical location. Many of the brides I work with in Virginia Beach request a pinky nude for their bridal makeup. A survey of 2,000 American women done by SkinSurvey last year said it’s also the most popular shade in all of America. Check out this list of the most popular shade from around the world from Fashion.com
Here are some more fun facts about lipstick:
*The first smudge proof formula was made by Hazel Bishop after WWII.
*The most expensive lipstick in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick. The tube is made from 110 grams of 18k gold and encrusted with 199 diamonds. It costs $62,000 and comes in 15 refillable shades.
*Many women who marched in the 1912 Suffragette rally wore lipstick to show their emancipation.
*Both men and women in Ancient Egypt wore lipstick as a symbol of their status.
*The production of many cosmetics was stopped during WWII however Winston Churchill kept the creation of lipstick going as he felt it boosted morale.
*Queen Elizabeth believed her lipstick had healing powers. It is said that at the time of her death she had on half an inch as she continued to reapply.