Lipsticks are a girl’s favourite make-up item.
A swipe of colour on your lips can brighten up any dull look.
Lipsticks are now available in a wide variety of shades, formulations and finishes.
When the concept of lip colour was first introduced, it was made from white lead and crushed red rocks.
It was used by Egyptian, Greek and Roman Queens to adorn their lips.
When Western Europeans brought lipstick to American shores, it began to develop.
Make-up manufacturers, for many years, didn’t venture into unknown territory and kept the shade ranges to reds and pinks.
Today we have matte and glossy finishes, shimmer and creamy formulas, and also pigmented colours as well as dainty lip tints.
Red lipstick is and has always been the rage.
The whole purpose of lipstick was to give a pop of colour and thus, only bright colours were used.
As the cosmetic industry furthered, nude shades slowly started making its way into the market.
Lipsticks now also come with other properties such as moisturising, sun protection and being waterproof.
Brands love to claim that their formulations don’t budge for 12 hours, 16 hours, but the lipsticks rarely live up to the claims.
Creamy formulas are comfortable to wear but tend to get easily wiped off. Matte finishes don’t come off easily but they dry out your lips with use.