Posted by: ionacosmetics | November 27, 2008

Lip Cosmetics – Read My Lips For A Perfect Pout

Lip Smackingly Good

Lip Smackingly Good

I don’t know about you, but I love my lips to have lipstick or lipgloss on them, and even if I don’t wear any makeup, a lip balm is a must. Did you know though that lip cosmetics stretches back 5000 years to the age of the Egyptians where they used henna to dye their lips? How far we have come. Here’s some history about lip cosmetics and some of the products that are now available on the market from Go Cosmetics or our Aromatherapy Collection to pamper your pout.

The History of Lip Cosmetics

Decorating the face has been practised throughout the history of mankind by using the stains from plants and minerals or whatever was to hand.

The ancient Egyptians probably invented lip cosmetics. From their paintings we can see highly stylised and painted faces. Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles, which gave a deep red pigment, and ants for a base. The Egyptians left wigs, combs and other cosmetic devices. They used henna to paint their lips, a poisonous substance made of plant dye, iodine and bromine.

Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles

Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles

By the Middle Ages lip cosmetics were being used to denote class, something which carried on through to the beginning of the 20th century. Crimson-stained lips were popular during the reign of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth herself painted on cochineal blended with gum arabic, egg white and fig milk.

Being Lippy With Lipstick

Lip cosmetics began to be mass produced at the beginning of the 20th century, when a metal container, similar to the shape used today, was invented by American Maurice Levy in 1915. Trends in lip colour and shape changed with each new decade and the popularity of lip cosmetics has seen the introduction of other products such as lip gloss – created by Max Factor for Hollywood actresses in 1928 – lip liner and lip balm. In 1949 Hazel Bishop perfected long-lasting lipstick. The ‘kiss-proof’ lipstick was a great success. The Nineties saw major technological advances in lipstick formulation. Ingredients such as Vitamin C, spa water and polymers are included to make lipsticks stay on for longer while moisturising the lips.

Now, we are developing lip cosmetics that are formulated with vegetable oils, natural waxes, refined iron oxides and natural colours.

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that applies colour and texture to the lips. There are many varieties of lipstick and they come in a plethora of colours and in all sorts of innovative forms of packaging.

In 1958 Max Factor said “A woman who doesn’t wear lipstick feels undressed in public. Unless she works on a farm.” Talk about pressure. Now every woman buys tons more lipstick, because she would never want to feel undressed!

"A woman who doesn't wear lipstick feels undressed" Max Factor

"A woman who doesn't wear lipstick feels undressed" Max Factor

Through the decades we’ve moved from bold lips, to glowing lips, from punk lips to lip stains, from flavoured lip cosmetics to glittery lips. The fashion is constantly changing but it is safe to say that lip cosmetics in whatever form are here to stay.

If you’ve never worn lipstick before, here are a few useful tips for lip cosmetics when starting to wear this great piece of makeup for the first time.

First, test it on your fingertips to see whether the colour will suit you or not – this is a close match to the lips in terms of colour.

Second, make sure you get a lip pencil that matches the shade as closely as possible otherwise the two colours together will not blend.

Finally if you want to get a long lasting base for the lipstick that you will be applying then be sure to apply a tiny bit of foundation to the lips first – this helps the lipstick hold.

There are so many colours and styles of lipsticks available. This link provides you with just some of the examples from Iona Cosmetics Go Cosmetics Lipsticks range.

Luscious Lipgloss

Lip gloss is a lip cosmetics product used primarily to give lips a mildly glossy lustre and sometimes subtle colour. It is distributed as a liquid or a soft solid (not to be confused with lip balm, which generally has medicinal purposes). It can be completely clear, translucent, or various shades of opacity, including frosted, glittered, and metallic looks.

Glossy lips just ooze sexiness

Glossy lips just ooze sexiness

The first commercially available lip gloss was Max Factor’s X-Rated, launched in 1932. The original formula was sold up until 2003, when Procter and Gamble retired the product.

Like lipstick, lip gloss comes in a variety of forms and may be applied in different ways. It can be contained in a small cylindrical bottle and applied with a rounded or sloped applicator wand (known as a deerfoot applicator), be applied with a built in lipbrush, or a small tube designed for application with the fingertip. Solid glosses come in boxes and tubes, sometimes blurring the distinction between lip gloss and lip balm.

Lip gloss is usually used as a cosmetic, however, some offer moisturising benefits or protection from the elements and other natural causes. Lip gloss containing sunscreen was first advertised by actress Lillian Gish. Bonne Bell introduced the first flavoured lip gloss, Lip Smackers, in 1973. BORBA cosmecuticals and Tarte cosmetics were the first to introduce nutraceutical lip gloss to the market in 2005 providing antioxidents benefits to nourish lips as a nutritional supplement.

Natural makeup companies have made progress in creating lipgloss with mainly natural ingredients except for preservatives although that undoubtedly will change in the future.

We have a wide variety of Go Cosmetics Lip Glosses to choose from in a fantastic array of colours.

Calm With A Balm

Lip balm or lip salve is a substance typically applied to the lips of the mouth to relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis or stomatitis, and cold sores. The balm is usually manufactured from beeswax, petroleum jelly, menthol, camphor, scented oils, and various other ingredients. Some manufacturers also add vitamins, alum, salicylic acid, or aspirin. Most lip cosmestics lip balms also contain octinoxate, avobenzone, and/or other sunscreens to minimize sun damage.

There are lip balms available which contain all natural ingredients and Iona Cosmetics deals mainly with Scentsible Solutions for natural lip balm products. Their lip balms are made from jojoba wax (although beeswax can be used or olive wax). Jojoba and olive waxes are vegan alternatives. These lip balms also contain coconut oil, vitamin E, cocoa butter and shea butter. These ingredients are all melted down together and then essential oils are added or flavour oils, for example, tea tree and peppermint which are good for cold sores. Honey can also be added as it has skin softening and anti-bacterial properties.

The Future Of Lip Cosmetics

Lip Cosmetics are constantly developing as technology advances. We already see lipsticks that can change colour after application due to heat and acidity in the skin. Future lip cosmetics may exploit this by making lipsticks that change colour more dramatically depending on the skin type of the wearer.

Lipsticks of the future will be more dramatic in colour and sparkle. Exciting future lip cosmetics may include metallic lipsticks, mirror lipsticks, lipsticks that change patterns according to body heat and moisture, lip cosmetics that attach themselves to your lips not glasses and drinking straws.

Lip Cosmetics are constantly changing

Lip Cosmetics will constantly change and improve



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  2. This is really interesting. Thanks!

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