CNN – Beauty buffs across the US on Monday will try new shades of lipstick or not old favorites for National Lipstick Day.
The annual celebration honors one of the beauty industry's oldest and most beloved cosmetic products.
Here's all you need to know about lipstick and the special day – including where to score free products.
Where does lipstick come from?
The practice of painting lips dates back thousands of years.
Some of the first known people to make it lived in Mesopotamia near the Sumerian city of Ur, according to the book "Read My Lips: A Cultural Lipstick History." It's about the current South Iraq. There, Queen Schub's ad made a white lead paste and crushed red stones to color the lips.
From there, the lip painting trend spread throughout the region and around the world. It took care of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It survived the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance and more.
Finally, there were West European settlers who brought lipstick to American shores.
To this day, lipstick is still one of the most recognizable cosmetic products in the world. [1
How has lipstick changed over the years?
Lipstick may have started as crushed red rocks, but it has changed a lot since then.
A modern lipstick tube contains many ingredients designed to enhance shade, taste, fragrance and performance. Some also have sun protection, moisturizing and waterproof properties.
And "lipstick" refers not only to pipes of clay-like material anymore. Now we have everything from liquid lipstick that dries on matte to lip spots meant to last all day.
Naturally, today's lipstick also comes in more shades than ever before – from classic red to even blue and black.
Did you know that lipstick was once controversial?
Lipstick was not always considered a beauty-enhancing product. It was sometimes seen as scandalous.
From the Middle Ages, some communities began to look down on women who had lipstick. In the sixth century Spain, for example, it was associated with prostitutes, according to "Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick."
By the 17th century, priests and ethics began to examine the practice of painting lips, saying that it changed God's design. Some even claimed that Satanists were trying to lure men.
Communities and cultures continued to have a love hat relationship to lipstick right into the 20th century. Sometimes it was considered vulgar, sometimes beautiful and even an expectation.
Still, women who loved the look kept holding back and using lipstick continued.
So, what is National Lipstick Day about?
Fashionistas, beauty bloggers, influencers and cosmetic companies began celebrating National Lipstick Day about a decade ago. However, nobody really knows where it comes from.
It's not a legitimate holiday. But it's fun, anyway.
Most people seem to agree that the best way to celebrate is to buy a new lipstick color or use an old favorite. Oh, and make sure you leave sexy lipstick imprints everywhere.
Wait, did you say anything about free lipstick?
Sure it did! MAC Cosmetics gives away full-size free lipstick with a purchase of $ 25 27-29. July.
Other stores and brands that give away free lipstick or offer great deals include Urban Decay, Huda Beauty, Anastasia Beverley Hills, ColourPop, Target and Macy's.
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