5 Things You Didn't Know About Your Lipstick

September 21, 2017

A fishy ingredient…
If you’re a vegan, you might want to reconsider your choice of lipstick. It turns out that the shimmer that comes from your lipstick comes from powdered fish scales known as guanine. No need to worry, vegans; you can always try a vegan lipstick instead!

Another bad news for vegans
Ever wondered how some red and pink lipsticks can look so vivid? You can thank crushed beetles. No, this is no joke. It’s called carmine, and it adds color to base shades. If you’re against this concept – which we totally get – go for natural pigments.

Some lipsticks are more expensive than your house
If you think that quality lipsticks are way too expensive, you’re gonna need to sit down for this one: one of the most expensive lipsticks in the world costs $62,000. In case you were wondering who would ever create such a thing, it’s Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick.

Men also wore lipstick
Lipstick wasn’t always destined for women in particular. Both men and women would wear lipstick as a symbol of their status in Ancient Egypt. The most popular shades at the time were magenta, blue-black, orange and red.

Magical powers?
People in the 1500s actually believed that wearing lipstick would give you magical powers. Queen Elizabeth the 1st was allegedly a huge fan of lipstick and really thought it had healing powers. She was even wearing a centimeter of lipstick at the time of her death.