Black Lipstick • A History
If you think the Black Lipstick trend is a recent phenomena, then smack your lips and think again!
We all know the drill - pink lipstick for that soft look, red lipstick for hollywood glam and for the retro look it's black lipstick all the way for the unapologetic rule breaker!
BLACK LIPSTICK IN EGYPT 4,000 BC
The first recorded reference to black lipstick comes from Egypt at around 4,000 BC. Egyptian women have always been known for their unapologetic choices of colour and beauty. Green eyeshadow, henna on their feet and of course black lipstick.
The women painted on lipstick with a wet stick of wood. Archeologists have found wooden boxes used to store make up pigments, which are known as ancient Caboodle cases probably the first ever make up boxes.
Egyptian men painted their lips too and appearance was a top priority for both the living and dead.
MAORI TATTOOS 1700's
A few thousand years later (circa 1700) black lipstick would be recorded amongst the Maori Tribe in New Zealand.
Maori tattoos in New Zealand are considered by some to be one of the first instances of Black Lipstick.
BLACK LIPSTICK IN THE 1920's
Black lipstick made its way into Hollywood during the era of Mae Murray, Clara Bow and Max Factor.
This came about in the 1920's as a way to tackle lighting problems with movie making. Max Factor's involvement in celebrity and Hollywood made way for the beauty industry in America to blossom!
Black lipstick remained an important piece in his collection. It was during this time too that Max Factor came up with the term "Make Up" and created the first ever make up line called "Society Make Up," as a result, black lipstick continued to be popular for decades to come.
By 1927, it became mainstream but was shut down by Vogue in an article named "Discoveries In Beauty," claiming that black lipstick was "pretty ridiculous."
Nevertheless, it was still blossoming in Hollywood and beyond.
1960'S BLACK LIPSTICK A STAPLE
By the 1960's, black lipstick became a staple and a popular make up line at the time known as Boba introduced a range of lipstick shades including black at the forefront, which was endorsed by celebrities such as Helmut Newton and David Bowie.
BLACK LIPSTICK IN THE 1970's
By the 1970's, black lipstick came out of the Halloween aisle and made its way into the mainstream beauty market once more, specifically in 1977. This would be worn by movie stars, teenagers and pre teens.
1996 YEAR OF THE CRAFT
By 1996, make up brand Urban Decay launched with 10 shades of lipstick, which included black, named "Oil Stick."
The same year, hit movie "The Craft" was released. This movie went on to become popular all around the US and inspired teens to wear black clothing and of course black lipstick, inspiring the ever present Gothic look.
YSL RUNWAYS AND BLACK LIPS IN 2008
In 2008, Fashion and Beauty brand YSL launched "YSL Gloss Pur Black" for Fall and sent its models down the runway in black wigs and black lips. This of course created a trend that lasted for runways to come.
2013 BLACK LIPSTICK .. BLACK FRIDAY
In 2013, Mac Cosmetics released their very own limited edition shade of black lipstick for Black Friday and it sold out almost immediately.
BLACK LIPSTICK IN 2018
In 2018, Rihanna released her very own version of the black lipstick called "Uninvited" via her beauty brand "Fenty Beauty."
This would instantly go on to become a hit!