National Red Lipstick Day

Young woman with red lipstick, wearing a classic Hollywood-inspired outfit, posing against a city skyline backdrop.
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Hey there lipstick lovers! Get ready to pucker up because National Red Lipstick Day is here to add a bold pop of color to your day. This glamorous holiday celebrates the power of red lipstick and the confidence it brings. So, grab your favorite shade, put on your sassiest smile, and let's dive into the history of this fabulous national day!

When is Red Lipstick Day?

It's national red lipstick day on the 4th July.

The Internet History of National Red Lipstick Day

Red lipstick has been a timeless symbol of beauty and femininity throughout history. Its vibrant hue has the power to make any outfit pop and turn heads wherever you go. But how did National Red Lipstick Day come to be?

The earliest known mention of this national day can be traced back to 2015 when it started gaining traction online. People embraced the idea of celebrating the classic and empowering allure of red lipstick. From beauty bloggers showcasing their favorite red shades to fashion influencers rocking bold red lips, the internet exploded with love for this iconic beauty product.

On July 4, 2015, the red lips trend took a leap forward when numerous beauty brands and makeup enthusiasts joined forces to celebrate National Red Lipstick Day. Social media platforms were flooded with pictures of dazzling red lips, accompanied by empowering messages and hashtags like #RockTheRed and #RedLipRevolution.

Since then, National Red Lipstick Day has become an annual tradition, celebrating the timeless beauty staple that has graced the lips of iconic women throughout history. From Marilyn Monroe's seductive scarlet pout to Taylor Swift's signature red lips, this beauty trend continues to inspire and empower women worldwide.

History behind the term 'Red Lipstick'


The Birth of Red Lipstick

Red lipstick has a long and fascinating history dating back to ancient times. The earliest recorded use of red pigment on the lips can be traced back to ancient Egypt around 1770 BCE. Egyptian women, including Cleopatra, used to crush carmine beetles to create a vibrant red color for their lips. It was believed that red lips symbolized beauty and sensuality.

16th Century

The Sinful Allure

During the 16th century, red lipstick gained popularity among European upper-class women, but it was not without controversy. The Church denounced the use of lipstick, associating it with vanity, witchcraft, and even the mark of the devil. However, wearing red lipstick became a symbol of defiance against societal norms. Women daringly embraced the color, using various ingredients like crushed cochineal insects mixed with beeswax and plant extracts.


The Hollywood Revolution

The 1920s marked a significant shift in the acceptance and popularity of red lipstick. With the rise of silent movies and Hollywood glamour, actresses like Clara Bow and Joan Crawford popularized the use of red lipstick as a fashion statement. It became associated with boldness, power, and liberation, reflecting the changing roles of women in society. This era also witnessed the emergence of iconic red lipstick brands like Chanel's 'Rouge Allure' and Revlon's 'Fire and Ice.'


The Lipstick as Propaganda

During World War II, red lipstick took on a new significance. In Britain, the government heavily promoted red lipstick as a morale booster and a symbol of patriotism. Women were encouraged to wear red lipstick as a sign of strength and resilience. It became a part of the wartime beauty routine, uplifting spirits during challenging times.

Present Day

Empowerment and Self-Expression

In the present day, red lipstick continues to be an iconic symbol of femininity, confidence, and self-expression. It has evolved to cater to diverse skin tones and preferences, creating a wide range of shades and finishes. Red lipstick transcends cultural boundaries and is embraced by people worldwide. It has become a statement of empowerment, inspiring individuals to embrace their uniqueness and celebrate their own beauty.

Did you know?

Did you know? Red lipstick has been around for centuries! It was worn by the ancient Egyptians, who believed that cosmetics had magical and protective powers. Talk about a powerful pout!


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4th July 2015

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4th July 2015

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