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Allure Breaks Down The Complete History Of Lipstick And It's Incredible

Fact: The average woman will spend $3,500 on lipstick in her lifetime.

A few years ago, in an interview with Shape magazine, actress Sofia Vergara admitted, "If I walk outside without lipstick, I feel naked."

Preach it, sister! Us too.

Whether it's that MAC Ruby Woo or Charlotte Tilbury's Penelope Pink, lipstick is a makeup go-to for many beauty fanatics. But have you ever stopped to ask, "Where the heck is lipstick from?"

In the video above, the beauty gurus at Allure magazine give us a complete look at the history of lipstick, from 3000 BC to today. That's right, we're talking about 5,000 years of lipstick education (a beauty junkie's dream, right?)

Unlike the smooth, moisturizing and matte formulas we use today, Allure points out how women in ancient Mesopotamia would crush semi precious stones (glam!) and mix it with beeswax to create a shimming colour for their pouts.

And get this — Cleopatra's favourite shade of lippie was crushed beetles. Yes, the Egyptian ruler would have 7,000 beetles crushed to create one pound of carmine dye that gave her a bright red pigment. And to achieve that shine in that colour? Fish scales.

Let's just say we're glad lipstick has come a long way.

So how much are we beauty lovers willing to spend on our favourite lip products so we don't feel naked? According to one study pointed out in the video, $3,500 in our lifetime. And to push that fact even further, it is said a woman will spend $15,000 on makeup during her life.


Want to learn more mind blowing facts about lipstick? Watch the video above!

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