Fun Facts About Lipstick

Historical plus Contemporary Uses and Color Information

  • The use of lipstick dates back to about 5,000 years ago.
  • During the time of Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century, bright red lips and a stark white face became fashionable in England.
  • The first commercial lipstick was manufactured by a cosmetic company in France.
  • By 1915, lipstick was sold in cylinder metal containers, which had been invented by Maurice Levy. Women had to slide a tiny lever at the side of the tube with the edge of their fingernail to move the lipstick up to the top of the case.
  • Throughout the early 20th century, lipstick came in a limited number of shades. Dark red was one of the most popular shade throughout the 19th and 20th century.
  • Lipstick manufacturers began creating lipsticks in lavender, pale pink, white, and peach by the 1950s.
  • In 2012, bright bold lip colors became trendy again with saturated colors such as orange, or hot pink.
  • 70% of women are looking for a lipstick that combines intense color with moisture.††
  • Women are reapplying their lipstick every 4-5 hours each day.††
  • On average, women typically own up to 12 lipsticks.††

Source: Wikipedia

††Based on an Avon Usage Study, 2013.


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