BY SYLVIA HAMOWY
                       A Love Affair with Lip Stick
                               By: Sylvia Hamowy

As far as time began, little girls always emulated their mother’s by putting on her lipstick.  In this day and age there is children’s lipsticks and lip-gloss available as toys.  That is because of the impact lipsticks have made upon society. It continues to reign as the most popular cosmetic.  It is the one product women would wear if they have only one choice.

Lipstick is an affordable luxury.  Maybe we won’t go out today and buy and buy a new outfit or a pair of shoes to make us feel good.  A new shade of lipstick is just what the doctor ordered for a quick pick me up.  When it’s on- your look is complete!

Cleopatra made a splash with her ruby red lips.  In the 1700-1800’s pink was favored over red.   In the 1920’s the board of health began to be concerned with ingredients. Lethal ingredients were banned in lipstick not because of women ingesting harmful ingredients but because of what it would do to the men that they kissed.  Believe it or not some of the ingredients then contained arsenic, lead and crushed insects.

The FBI has veritably every existing shade on file to help with its investigations.
 
In the 1950’s Charles Revson introduced fire and ice in red, pink and coral.  Revlon was put on the map!! Lipstick became the one cosmetic every woman had to have.  The shades were pastels and we fell in love.  Remember Marilyn Monroe with her pink lips.   Every teenager in America was ecstatic.  Max Factor followed the trend in film, by making the lip-gloss.  By the 1980’s makeup artists started to create their own shades.  

Lipstick’s ingredients are composed up of wax (to give it shape) and emollients (for texture) with color added.   The average woman consumes approximately four to eight pounds of lipstick in her lifetime.  Not to worry there is nothing harmful in it anymore.  A typical tube lasts about six months depending on the women wearing it.  Some women wear a new shade every season.  Some wear the same color for years.  Many purchase two to four new colors a season to coordinate with their clothes and accessories.

 Creating color is an art and a science.  Dirty colors are earth tones.  Vivid colors are clear tones.  Pearlescent is then added for illumination.  Color combinations are endless.  Men as well as women work in laboratories testing out formulas and actually trying on the lipsticks for lasting wear ability as well as texture.  When new lipsticks are formed in the tube they hang upside down to dry.  Then they pass through gas jets to give them shine.  The slanted shapes are formed to make it easier for us to apply to our lips.

Newest news in lipsticks is the stay all day ones with added shine.  They last through meals and if need to be removed can come off with oil based remover.  Some dry out the lips or peel off in layers.

BIO: SYLVIA HAMOWY IS THE OWNER OF REFLECTIONS COSMETICS. SHE IS  A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST, BEAUTY EDITOR AND FORMER RADIO SHOW HOST. SHE IS FEATURED IN THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO OF ENTREPRENEURS, A DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE DIRECTORY.QUESTIONS? – EMAIL SYLHAMOWY@AOL.COM