The history of red lipstick

Marie Claire magazine has run a great story on the history of red lipstick. Beautiful women all through the ages from Cleopatra to Marilyn Monroe have used red lipstick for romance and appeal.

Cleopatra VII would crush ants and carmine in a base of beeswax to color her lips a red shade.  However, we have been spoilt by the major beauty companies including Chanel, Guerlain, Elizabeth Arden, and Estée Lauder that started to manufacture and sell lipstick in the 20th century.

Many celebrities have adopted red lipstick as their signature look, including Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift and Emma Stone.

Cleopatra with red lipstick