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July 29th is National Lipstick Day

Why should we celebrate Lipstick Day?  One good reason is because adorning the lips with a bright color helps elevate the mood and create joy and confidence.  Another reason, currently, don’t we just need something to celebrate and feel good about?

Lipstick have a long history. It dates back to 2500BC when the first lipsticks were created by crushing gems in Mesopotamia. 

The first commercial lipstick was made of deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax and was produced in France in 1884 by Guerlain Cosmetics.  

There is a problem with wearing lipstick when going to tea.  That shade of lipstick might look great on you, but it isn’t as flattering on the teacup or napkin.

Etiquette requires that ladies should blot their lipstick with a tissue before eating so they do not soil the cloth napkin, china, and glassware.  In addition, it is important to remember that at the end of the meal, re-applying makeup of any kind should be avoided in public. Checking yourself out in a compact mirror and applying lipstick or other makeup is considered gauche and inappropriate anywhere in the public forum, and that includes restaurants and tearooms.

How can you remove lipstick stains?

Lipstick stains on common fabrics such as cotton can be removed with the following methods:

  1. If the stain is fresh, blot with white bread or white Play-Doh. They will absorb the stain before it has time to soak into the fabric.
  2. If the stain has soaked in, use one of the methods below. Keep trying different methods until it is removed.
  3. Spray some hairspray on the stain. Let the hairspray sit on the stain for a few minutes, then blot away the stain. Wash the item as usual to rinse away the hairspray.
  4. Rub some vegetable oil or vegetable shortening into the stain. Let the oil soak into the stain for about half an hour, then rub some dish liquid into the area and wash the item as usual. WD-40 can be used instead of oil, but it only needs to soak for about 10 minutes.
  5.  Sponge isopropyl alcohol onto the stain, then blot until the stain is   removed.
  6. Rub hand sanitizer (and we all have hand sanitizer these days) into the stain, then wash the item as usual.

If the stain is old and dry, follow these steps:

Gently scrape the stain with a dull knife to remove as much excess lipstick as possible.

Sponge some isopropyl alcohol onto the stain and then rub dish liquid into the damp stain. Wash the item as usual.

China:

  1. Sprinkle some salt on a damp cloth and then use the salted area to rub off the lipstick.
  2. If the stain does not disappear, rub it away with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Or, try a Magic Eraser.

Glass:

Lipstick on glassware or mirrors can often be removed with dishwash liquid.  If that doesn’t work, put some rubbing alcohol on a cloth to get rid of the stain.

Lipstick on The Collar:

If the man in your life comes home with lipstick on his collar……. show him the door!

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