B like Big Day… July 29 – NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY

“A woman who comes out of the house without lipstick on her lips feels naked” – Max Factor

Lipstick – a synonym of beauty, splendour, self-confidence. But has it always been like that? Unfortunately not. Ancient women were painting lips as art in the fullest sense of this word. They emphasized the lips with various vegetable fats, most often in the colors of carmine and violet.

The real specialists in this field were the Egyptian Women. In the 16th century, lips painting was reserved for well-born and rich ladies. The lipstick was used by the Queen of England Elizabeth I. She created a positive image of an elegant woman. Lipstick, (if these substances made of vegetable fats and wax, you could already call lipstick) became a symbol of wealth.

The 18th century brings great changes. The British Parliament adopted a document in 1770 that would allow prosecuting and punishing women who painted their lips. Witches( as this is how they called women with painted lips) were afraid to show in public with lipstick on their lips.

In the 19th century, people created a silent cinema.  Actresses want and must look beautiful. Chemists are looking for solutions to improve the beauty of women’s lips. The breakthrough takes place in 1883. At the World Exhibition of Cosmetics, the Paris perfumery exhibits its product in Amsterdam, a colored stick wrapped in silver paper. This new lipstick carries the nave “Crayon of Love” or “Lip Paint”.

Helena Rubinstein – “a woman who created beauty”, teaches a Parisian Artistry of make-up. Red lips are not intended for the light complexion of the face – she explains. Such a set is considered regrettable.

Only the most liberated women are not afraid to use red. Queen Victoria considers lipstick as a dissoluble toy.

At the beginning of the 20th century, lipstick attracts women more and more.

Some of them are not longer afraid to leave the house with painted lips. The product subject to continual improvement. In 1915, Marice Levy binds a waxy lipstick to a metal sleeve with a thread. Lipstick becomes a hit on the cosmetics market (In the slightly improved version, it still exists today).

In 1912, lipstick becomes a symbol of women fighting for their rights. The slogan of the suffragette march (in America on May 6, 1912) was saying that  “Every woman has the right to be beautiful”

In the 1820s, lipstick goes to all salons. In 1930, Max Factor launches a lip gloss. All Women around the world are crazy about lipstick and lip gloss. Adolf Hitler was a great opponent of using lipstick at that time. No woman around him could paint lips.A breakthrough in the production of lipstick took place in 1950. American woman Hazel Bishop – a chemist – created a waterproof lipstick, which was not blotchy on the lips.

The following years bring significant changes; different blends of colors, styles, ingredients, pigments. Lip gloss, nourishing, moisturizing, scented and perfumed lipsticks are created. In the 1960s, the lipstick goes to working women. America, and then the whole of Europe is overcome by consumption fever. Lipstick becomes a product available to everyone.

Today, in every woman’s purse you will find a lipstick. What’s your favourite colour?

 


 

 

B like Beauty… True Beauty is a Reflection of Your Soul

True Beauty is a Reflection of Your Soul – Michel Quoist

There is no formal definition of what it means to be a Beautiful Woman, however every day we hear the same clichés, repeated by the media, that “the real beauty of a woman is inside” and is not based on superficiality.

Wife, Mother, Girl, Daughter, Boss … .. she is an inseparable element of life on Earth. She is a human. She has the same worries as the others. Sometimes she struggles with overwhelming problems and cannot bear their burden. She never gives up. She is constantly trying. She is not complaining. She is a woman.  She has a beautiful soul.  She is beautiful. Like a motor drives the next fate of this world. Her smile causes that the environment changes colors, and life for her loved ones gains sense and pace. For her loved ones !!! – well said. Silently she carries a load of worries and troubles.

She is internally beautiful and believes that someday she will be better and will find time for herself. Maybe if the children get older, when she paid the mortgage, when she will find a good job …. In the future…. Not now.

 

And sometimes she has got a dream – the most beautiful she can dream of. She sees in them a world that is diametrically different from her dull life. She feels fulfilled, appreciated, attractive, rested, loved, admired, independent, neat… just beautiful!

Right Now!!!!!

Why someday? Why not today! Our world is not perfect. Our Family is not perfect. Why then should I be an ideal woman? Stop. Stand for a moment in the middle of the street and look at other women. What you see? Look more closely. Perhaps you will be able to see women completely lost, snail-enclosed shells and those spouting with life, smiling, neat and beautiful.

Where do you see yourself? Do you have time for yourself in this crazy world? When last time you find a time for the hairdresser? When did you have a decent makeup? When did you gush with humour and joy? When did you feel like a truly beautiful woman? The fact that you are good, understanding and helpful… yes, everyone knows about it. Or maybe they do not know, because they’ve got used to it and they do not even notice it anymore. Therefore, open the window wide, take a few deep breaths and see how the world that passes so quickly is beautiful. Man’s life in the face of eternity is just a fleeting moment, a short flash. Therefore, in addition to living for others, do not forget to live for yourself.

I Want To Be Beautiful!

The beauty of a woman can means something totally different for each of us. It cannot be measured and there is no precise definition. A woman is beautiful when she feels good with herself. Not everyone is a model and has “legs to the ground”. Not everyone has wonderful curls and beautiful breasts, but each of us can be attractive and beautiful. Beautiful women are those who are convinced of their own worth.

Appropriate makeup, hairstyle and clothes always add confidence. These three basic factors work wonders together. They help to discover external beauty, and thus enrich the inner beauty.

A confident woman is a successful, attractive and fulfilled woman. From a happy and confident woman, she radiates an inner glow and brings out her inner beauty.

How They See You, That’s How They Perceive You!

It is our external beauty (ie clothing, make-up, hairstyle) that is responsible for the first impression and shapes our image in personal and business contacts. You’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression. On the second place are our gestures and movements, and on the third place words and what we would like to present and say.

Is it worth investing in your external attractiveness? A hundred times YES. This external beauty, extracted and uncovered, gives us confidence and allows us to feel a beautiful and fulfilled woman in all areas of our lives.Even today, please hug your husband, children, dog or cat and say: I love you very much, but you must allow me to save time only for myself. For relaxation, sports, social gatherings, cool book, rest, a long and undisturbed bath, the time for a hairdresser, make-up artist, beautician or stylist.The world will seem more beautiful to you, because you will be beautiful.

 Share your thoughts with me. Do you think that an attractive and well-groomed look adds confidence?

 

B like Beginning History of Makeup Artistry Part 1

History of Makeup – Ancient Societies

Part 1 Ancient Societies

Part 1 Ancient Societies

Part 1 Ancient Societies

“A woman without paint is like food without salt.”  Roman philosopher Plautus (254-184 BC)

Ever wonder how cosmetics got started — and when? Believe or not, but cosmetics have been around since 500,000 B.C., when cave dwellers in Africa and South America would cover their bodies in decorative patterns using mud. Incredible, right? 

 

EGYPT C 3000 – 31 BC

In c. 3000 BC the Egyptians were using over 30 different types of cosmetic balms and ointments (made from beeswax, vegetable oil and animal fat). 

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Egyptian women mostly used galena (more commonly known as kohl) and malachite powder (a green mineral) for eye makeup. Galena was a black paint that shielded eyes from the sun, while malachite powder made the eyes appear larger and protected those who wore it. History of mascara also has its roots in the ancient Egypt as they first began to accentuate lashes in approximately  3400 BC. They used a mixture of soot, oil and egg white or combination of crocodile excrement with water and honey.

Crocodile dung mixed with donkey’s milk was used by Cleopatra as a face mask. She also famously bathed in milk with rose petals for hours at end. Cleopatra wore a unique red lipstick created from flowers, red ochre, fish scales, crushed ants, carmine, and beeswax. Her signature shade made red a popular choice, and as a result, the use of carmine became more widespread. 

 

Much of our current-day makeup application is tied to the past. Just think about everything from cat eye makeup to bold red lipstick and cheek stains. All date back to ancient times! 

 


CHINA AND JAPAN C 3000 – 1500 BC

Chinese people began to stain their fingernails with gum, arabic, gelatin, beeswax, and egg. The colours used represent social class: Chou dynasty royals wear gold and silver, with subsequent royals wearing black or red. Lower classes are forbidden to wear bright colours on their nails.

The beauty of Japanese women was often judged on the basis of their hair length and the ideal length was considered 2 feet below their waist.

Chinese and Japanese citizens commonly use rice powder to make their faces white. Eyebrows are shaved off, teeth painted gold or black and henna dyes applied to stain hair and faces.

 


GREECE C 800 – 500 BC

There is a reason why an exceptionally beautiful woman is called a “Greek goddess”. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess, has long been the ideal with whom beautiful women are compared. Makeup in the Greek ancient culture was worn by high society daily. Many women would use eyeliner made with olive oil and charcoal to darken their eyes. They also liked connected eyebrows (unibrow). The application of fake eyebrows, often made of oxen hair, is also fashionable.

Due to the cost of makeup it was only the noblewomen of Greek society that could afford makeup and the trend was to obtain the palest skin possible which they did by mixing water and white lead – extremely bad for the health and lead to early death.

 

We still use many materials in our cosmetics and beauty products that the Ancient Greeks used in the past. These include olive oil, honey and beeswax.

 

 


ROME (C 1000 BC)

The Ancient Romans started using cosmetics for ritual purposes, but as time went on, they became part of women’s everyday lives. The Romans paid great attention to their hygiene and time was spent at the Roman baths which were also used as a place of meeting and socialising. Following their baths Roman women enjoyed applying a form of moisturising cream.

Kohl was used for darkening eyelashes and eyelids, chalk was used for whitening the complexion, and rouge was worn on the cheek. The Romans believed pink on the cheeks to a be a sign of gold health. So, women would apply several substances on their faces to achieve that result. They also used the green colouring of Ancient Egyptian eye make up ( made from malachite). The malachite stone was crushed and then mixed as the green eye make up.

For the ancient Romans, applying makeup was a ritual process that involved various paints and potions – many of them poisonous. The higher the status of the woman the more make-up they wore. The wealthy could afford slaves (called Cosmetae) to apply it for them, but it still needed re-applying throughout the day as compositions was poor and humidity and sweat washed it off.


INDIA GUPTA AGE (C  320 – 550 AD)

No talk about beauty can be complete without mentioning the beauty secrets of India. Between 320 and 550 CE, makeup trends in India composed of bold, vibrant colours. Showing power and strength meant a lot to the women, and they showed this through their makeup trends.

Kohl, fresh flowers and lip rouge are the top three things that women can’t live without in this specific time and age in Indian society. Bindi (colored dot on the centre of the forehead) was only worn by married Hindu women at this time.

In ancient India the beautification of any Indian bride would not be complete without Solah Singaar (Sixteen adornments). These sixteen steps covered head to toe and represented sixteen phases of the moon.

The history of makeup continues in the next two blogs…

 

What do you think of these beauty secrets? Share your thoughts through comments below! 🙂

 

Author: Kamila Kroczak-Stepien

 

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