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CNN Style goes back through the fascinating history of red lipstick in this animated video.

The practice of colouring in your lips is thousands of years old and red was one of the earliest colours of choice. The Egyptians were early adopters as were the Greeks. The folk in Athens had a slightly less glamorous application for it though, it was used by prostitutes to denote their social class. The style flourished in Asia but was disregarded in Europe, as it was seen as occultist and scandalous.

But then Queen Elizabeth I donned the look which revitalised its popularity. It faded away again in the Victorian era, but then was reimagined through the Suffragette movement as a symbol of defiance. That idea grew to encompass defiance against the Axis in the Second World War for women who stayed to help in their home countries. Post-war, movie stars plastered it on, solidifying it’s place in pop culture. It grew in popularity even more in the 20th century and has penetrated every corner of the globe and every subculture.

CNN|Evolution Of Lipstick|2D Animation

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