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Quick Quiz: Can You Guess the Origin of Lipstick?

When you think of iconic beauty products, what comes to mind? For me it's lipstick. It's no surprise that lipstick is such a beauty icon considering it dates back 5,000 years. But it really became popular in the sixteenth century under Queen Elizabeth I, when it became a symbol of aristocracy.

Then, during WWII, movie stars made lipstick even more popular. Now 80 percent of women wear it. Did you know that more than 700 million lipsticks are sold throughout the world each year? That means that 22 lipsticks are purchased every second!

But here's my question: Back in the early years when tubes of lipstick weren't readily available, what do you think women used to stain their lips?

Quick Quiz: Can You Guess the Origin of Lipstick?

In the early days, what did women use to stain their lips?

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Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
Berries seemed too easy — I thought it must be something gross! *lol*
foudini foudini 9 years
ilanc13, the only thing I remember from romance novels or "bodice rippers," was the general page number for the "big scene" and more synonyms/descriptions for body parts than I could ever want. :-) LOL.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
i knew the answer...i said beetles just for fun!!! :-) ew smooshed beetle lips...yuck!
Snowbirdy Snowbirdy 9 years
Cleopatra stained her lips with berries, long, long ago. I've always loved to wear lipstick!
Majorcat Majorcat 9 years
I answered correctly!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
Got it! Almost went with beetles.
Allotrios Allotrios 9 years
I guessed beetles. Though I suppose the correct answer depends on the time frame and, to some degree, the place at which you're looking. Berries, stones/minerals, beetles; it could be any of them. Blood was a bit of a long shot, though. ;D
barblong barblong 9 years
I guess you use what is available!
halo0073 halo0073 9 years
why did i think berries was too obvious and choose beetles..duh
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
sadly i think that i knew that answer from reading romance novels when i was younger
Candyhunnie Candyhunnie 9 years
Got it; it seems the only sane answer. (;
gildthatlily gildthatlily 9 years
It's well-known that Cleopatra used crushed carmine beetles to make her lipstick, so there should be two correct answers.
oxRNxo oxRNxo 9 years
got it
Catipa Catipa 9 years
I guessed wrong, why I thought beetles, IDK.
justeve justeve 9 years
Got it correct
n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
Got it right! :)
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 9 years
berries are so cool.
cliu810 cliu810 9 years
yay!! that was pretty easy =)
sparkleluvr sparkleluvr 9 years
I googled this question since I was undecided between two choices, and a page I found said that Cleopatra's first lipsticks were made from carmine beetles, so it looks like there is more than one correct answer. I personally can't imagine putting crushed up beetles on my lips.
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 9 years
That was obvious
nikkeeb nikkeeb 9 years
this is what we did when we were little before we could wear makeup, use berries! haha
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
got it!
tundrababe tundrababe 9 years
I could've swore that beetles were used as makeup back in the day for something.
foudini foudini 9 years
There is an insect that is dried and crushed for its red colour and used in many foods. I think it's carmine or something. I don't exactly remember.
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