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Valentine’s Vamp: A History of Red Lip Makeup

Red Lip Makeup

Let’s review. We’ve walked you through an effortless lip care routine, making it so simple to achieve that perfectly plump, voluptuous look. Job done. And, just last week, you scrolled through a sensuous showcase of queens who love to rock red lip makeup, all the way from Beyoncé to Bhatt.

Surely you’re feeling inspired? You’re ready to make a statement and brave those bold red tones, just in time for the most romantic date on the calendar. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and no other lip does the trick quite like a gorgeous red.

Of course, MyGlamm has some alluring products to make your pucker pop – but have you ever wondered how this iconic trend came about?

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A quick history of red lip makeup

While we’ve seen many of our favourite celebs work a red lip in all its glam glory, its history isn’t quite so glitzy. In fact, while you may look killer when you wear your rid lip, once upon a time this makeup trend could actually see you dead.

Yes, way back when it was first created, approximately 2500 BC, lipstick was concocted from a fatal cocktail of toxic ingredients including bromine mannite and iodine. The product was so notorious, myth has it that the phrase ‘kiss of death’ was coined as a consequence. And that glossy finish? Well, our Ancient Egyptian ancestors, male and female alike, had fish scales to thank for that. Lovely.

Leaping into the medieval period, wearing a red lip - and makeup in general - was frowned upon. Its use was seen as a devious act against religion. Yet, it was worn to distinguish between the social classes with red tones symbolising rebellion and uprising of the inferior.

Throughout the 1700s and 1800s, despite female royalty across Europe donning the red lip, use of lip makeup was condemned in many countries. Applying lipstick quickly fell out of fashion. The red lip was associated with seductresses, mysterious women who couldn’t be trusted, and as such it was feared by men.

It was only in the 1900s that the red lip came into vogue as a statement of liberation, femininity, and independence. Bright red lipstick and plump lips represented frivolity in times of hardship and disillusion in the 1920s to 1940s.

Today, enriched with culture and connotations of female power throughout history, the red lip represents women’s freedom, and expression of individuality. The perfect shade can achieve a chic, glam, sultry look, favoured by women across the globe.

Valentines Red Lip Makeup from MyGlamm

Get red lip ready in time for Valentine’s Day. Choose from this trio of tantalising red lipsticks. They will do the trick quite nicely:

  1. Perfect Curves 2-in-1 Chubby Matte Lipstick and Lip Liner in Soleil
  2. Colour Fusion 2-in-1 Plumping Lipstick (and Lip Gloss) Dawn to Dusk in Hibiscus
  3. Colour Fusion 2-in-1 Plumping Lipstick (and Lip Gloss) Night Out in Sorbet

 

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