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Read My Lips

If eyes are the window to the soul, lips lay it on the line, putting the focus smack dab in the middle of the face.

A: Lipstick makes me feel sexy like a girl, like a woman.

B: It makes you feel more 1)feminine.

Little girls everywhere try on their mother’s lipstick and learn early on they can be 2)demure in pink or 3)racy in red.

C: You can put on a red and a pink and it truly 4)livens your spirit and captures who you are as a person day to day.

92,000,000 American women wear lipstick on a daily basis and millions of tubes are sold each year. According to the authors of Read My Lips, diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend.

Karen Kozlowski (co-author of Read My Lips): Not everybody can 5)afford diamonds but we can all afford lipstick. Can’t get the Chanel suit? But you could buy a tube of Chanel lipstick.

It’s estimated that the average woman buys about four tubes of lipstick a year but some women say that number is low.

D: I would say, five, five lipsticks a season would be on the 6)norm for me.

Lipstick goes way back. It’s believed that ancient Egyptian men and women went to the grave with lip colour for the afterlife and Cleopatra made a splash with her 7)ruby reds. Soon lipstick would earn an unsavoury reputation.

Meg Cohen Ragas (co-author of Read My Lips): In the 17 and 1800s you know lipstick was more commonly associated with prostitutes. The upper class you know, didn’t wear lipstick and then when they did they chose a pink colour over the more common reds.

And deadly trouble lay ahead for the colourful 8)cosmetic.

Meg Cohen Ragas: In the 1920s there were some shady, 9)lethal 10)ingredients in lipstick and in 1924 the New York Board of Health considered banning lipstick not because they were concerned about what it might do to the women who wore it, but they were concerned about what it might do to the men who kissed the women who wore it.

Talk about the kiss of death. Some of those ingredients included lead, mercury and even arsenic. And that pretty colour, well, that came from crushed insects. The ingredients were later standardized and the passion for lip colour only grew.

Meg Cohen Ragas: Even during the depression it was interesting because things were you know, economic times were bad and lipstick was a real mood 11)booster for a lot of women and navy nurses during the wars when they had to 12)evacuate their submarines, they all said that the one thing that they brought with them was a tube of lipstick.

And after World War II beauty companies began selling lipstick in a whole new way.

Meg Cohen Ragas: One of the big turning points for lipstick I would say is one of the, first marketing campaigns was when Revlon introduced Fire and Ice in 1952.

Lipstick shades of red, pink and coral ruled until the 1970s, when lip 13)smackers and kissing 14)potion 15)ushered in a whole new look.

Karen Kozlowski: The first lip-gloss was, um, invented by Max Factor and it was for films and film stars so their lips looked shinier on film but it didn’t really gain the popularity it has today until the seventies.

With flavours like bubble gum, watermelon and root beer, these new products took the market by storm and there was a new look ahead for the eighties as makeup artists started mixing their own shades.

Karen Kozlowski: And some of them like Bobby Brown, uh, started to market those shades and she was really famous for her 16)neutrals. She came out with a whole line of neutrals that just took off because I think, you know, they were so appealing to, you know, women in general.

Another makeup artist Jeanine Lobell started Stila and watched as her lip glaze took off.

Jeanine Lobell (founder of Stila): I think at one point we were sold out of 12 out of 14 shades, the idea was like a stained glass where you could see skin through it and it would just like lay like a glass of colour over the mouth.

Other companies ushered in an 17)edgier look, suddenly this was not your mother’s lipstick. With ingredients like wax and emollients, there’s not too much to worry about when licking your lips.

Karen Kozlowski: It’s been researched that in a woman’s lifetime she will digest between four and eight pounds of lipstick just from applying it and reapplying it.

E: Are there any calories in this?

And while you’re nibbling on that perfect shade consider this-lipstick has a record.

1) feminine [femini] a. 娇柔的, 阴性的, 女性的
2) demure [dimjuE] a. 端庄的
3) racy [reisi] a. 活泼的,猥亵的
4) liven [5laivEn] v. 具有活力
5) afford [E5fC:d] v. 提供, 给予, 供应得起
6) norm [nC:m] n. 标准, 规范
7) ruby [5ru:bi] n. 红宝石
8) cosmetic [kCz5metik] n. 化妆品
9) lethal [5li:WEl] a. 致命的
10) ingredient [in5^ri:diEnt] n. 成分, 因素
11) booster [5bu:stE] n. 支持者, 后援者
12) evacuate [i5vAkjueit] v. 疏散, 撤出
13) smacker [5smAkE] n. 发声的接吻
14) potion [5pEuFEn] n. 一服, 一剂
15) usher [5QFE] v. 引导, 展示
16) neutral [5nju:trEl] a. 中立的, 中性的
17) edgy [5edVi] a. 尖利的,前卫的










卡伦·科兹洛夫斯基∶第一支唇彩是由Max Factor公司为电影明星制作的,以使他们的嘴唇在屏幕上看起来更加闪亮。但直到70年代才真正受到广泛的欢迎。