- In ancient Rome, women painted their lips with vermilion, and it was banned.
- In Elizabethan times the women wore tinted red alabaster, and an edict prohibiting its use was published... women caught wearing red lipstick "shall be punished with the penalties of witchcraft"
- The Nazi party banned all lipstick in 1933 to uphold their ideal of the pure Germanic mother figure.
- In 1770 British Parliament passed a law that if a woman wore cosmetics before her wedding that marriage could be annulled.
- Again, in 1915, in Kansas a law was passed that a woman wearing cosmetics of any kind was a misdemeanor.
- Medieval Europeans however believed that red lipstick and other cosmetics had the power to ward off death.
- Queen Elizabeth II had her own red shade mixed up to her specifications for her coronation.
- In 1930s America red lipstick and female vanity was seen as a vital contribution to the war effort... although this was a big cosmetics advertising push at work.
- In New York when suffragettes marched for the right to vote in 1912, they all wore red lipstick as a symbol of feminine power and solidarity.
Of course later in the 1970s, we would learn that lipstick was a tool of patriarchal oppression... a very interesting conclusion given its true history don't you think?