Our favorite type of history lessons are ones that involve beauty. That’s why we were intrigued when saw that Allure recently released ‘100 Years of Lip’ video highlighting some of the most iconic lip looks from the 1920s to modern times. The video might only be a few minutes long, but it’s packed with major lip inspiration and some interesting facts.
The video begins with the 1920s red and deep berry lip colors with an emphasized Cupid’s bow. As we move along to the 1930s, we see gold lipstick(!) being used as a surprising product to help make movie stars’ lips pop in black and white films. (Who knew?) Off camera, we also see lip gloss taking off after Max Factor released its X-Rated shade.
In the 1940s, beets were used to color lips as rationing often restricted what beauty products people had assess to. Red was also seen as important patriotic color as it was reported that Hitler disliked red lips. Many people will recognize the iconic red and pink lipstick from the 1950s.
The video continues with foundation mouths and white-pink lipsticks for the mods in the 1960s. In the 1970s, it was either bare lipstick or vivid red lips that recalled the 1940s. As expected, the 1980s were big on color. Hello, novelty neon lipsticks. That brings us to the nostalgic 1990s with Lip Smackers and their fruity scents.
Of course, you don’t need use to explain the trends from the last few years. That being said, it’s still worth watching the full video to see how we ended up with the overdrawn lips and Instagram beauty looks.