What’s your favourite shade of lipstick? do you wear a classic vintage red or opt for a neutral gloss? we take a look at lipstick trends through the ages and see how some of Hollywood’s sirens wore there’s.
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Stars of the silent movies such as Clara Bow and Mae Murray were the trendsetters amongst women’s make up and beauty back in the 1920’s. Their distinctive lips would have an exaggerated, yet narrow, cupids bow to resemble the shape of a heart. As films were filmed in black and white during this era, actresses would wear a dark lip colour, such as dark reds and plums, to signal that they were wearing lipstick.By the 1930’s, women opted for a lip shape that was quite the opposite of that in the previous decade. The narrow, plump pout had been replaced with a thinner, more horizontal shape to create a more sultry effect. Lipstick colours became brighter with the introduction of peaches, reds and pinks, lipstick brands such as Tangee launching in 1928 spearheaded the colour revolution. Tangee lipstick is still sold today in the greatest 1930’s style packaging.
Lip shapes in the 1940’s were very glamorous, and are often recreated in the ‘war time look’ we are so used to seeing nowadays. The plump, exaggerated lips were popular with some of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies such as Veronica Lake and of course Lucille Ball, with red being the signature lip colour for many women.
Without a doubt, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of the 1950’s. Her signature look was the envy amongst many women and the style that they all tried to recreate at home. Similar to the 1940’s, lips remained voluptuous whilst staying close to the lips natural shape. Stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn would overdraw their top lip for a fuller pout. Popular lip colours were bright reds and bright pinks.
During an era of flower power and free love, a soft yet full pout went hand in hand in the 1960’s. Brigitte Bardot is the perfect example of the favourable lip shape in the 1960’s with her full, natural lips. Women began to experiment more with their lip colours, from whites and frosted pinks, to slightly unusual colours for the 60’s such as oranges and peaches à la Twiggy.
As common for the previous few decades, women continued to sport the full yet natural pout during the 1970’s. However, unlike the 1960’s when women began to introduce more unusual lip colours, the 1970’s was all about the gloss. To epitomise the young disco scene at the time, girls would add layers and layers of gloss to their pouts. Hollywood starlets such as Farrah Fawcett, well known for her natural style, would add gloss to enhance their lips and pull off a natural, yet feminine look.
Finally, lip shapes began to change in the 1980’s. During a time when punks and new romantics were emerging on the fashion scene, make up was all about standing out from the crowd. Lips would be wide, rather than pouty, and dark.
Lips in the 1990’s went back to the feminine, pouty look, and would often be paired with plenty of dark lip liner during the early 90’s. Supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss saw a more natural approach to lips during the late 90’s, with brown lipstick and gloss making a revival.
The late 90’s and early 2000’s saw the popularity of cosmetic surgery rise, along with the emergence of the dreaded trout pout amongst celebrities. Whilst many women strive to achieve the swollen lip effect, there are plenty of products on the high street to achieve this look without resorting to surgery! Tingling glosses are available that help stimulate blood flow to the lips, as well as heaps of recommendations by beauty experts to help you achieve the perfect lip shape to suit your facial features.