We all love a bit of '90s nostalgia, right? Whether it's that sparkly bright blue eye shadow or the return of the crimping iron, the trends of the '90s have come right back around to the forefront of beauty and fashion today. And the biggest comeback? Lipgloss! Whether you're still in your cherry lip smackers phase or you've moved on to the more sophisticated glosses of more recent years, we've all pretty much tried out and loved a lipgloss. High-shine primed pouts are back on our beauty radar and we're here to give you the low down. Here's your lip gloss 101!

What's the deal?

Lip gloss was originally invented by Max Factor in 1930 with the intention of being used in black and white films. He already created beauty products for the movie industry and wanted to create a product that would make lips look shiny and glossy on screen. Women were in awe of this makeup trend seen on the actresses and were inspired to try it out themselves, leading to the widespread popularity of lipgloss! Then, in 1973, Bonne Bell brought forward the innovative idea of adding flavour to these glossy little balms. You got it, this was the invention of Lip Smackers!

Traditionally, lip gloss was the 'go-to' product to achieve a glossy effect with minimal colour, but nowadays some glosses are made which much more pigment and sparkle and different elements and ingredients to give them the desired effect, with everything from plumping to staining. But what is actually in them? Well, most lippies contain petroleum, shea butter or lanolin to help your lips feel moisturised and soft upon application. Beeswax is also commonly used to help the gloss adhere to your lips! Lip glosses can also contain natural oils and extracts to condition the lips and add a natural fragrance, while others are made with a synthetic fragrance.

Different kinds of pigments are added to lipglosses to give them colour (such as carmine, which actually comes from beetles! We're serious!), and preservatives are added so that your favourite lippy has a long life and doesn't go off. It's also more and more common now to find lip glosses containing SPF to protect the delicate skin on your lips from harmful rays, which we are all here for!

Did you know...

Contrary to urban legend, silicones are not actually commonly used in lip glosses. It is true that silicones are fab when it comes to adding shine and smoothness, however, this is more common in hair care products!

That's it, a quick little bit of history and some fun facts to share with your friends. If you've got a beauty round coming up in your weekly Zoom quiz, you're ready to rock!


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