The History of Lipstick

  • Published on Jul 28, 2017
  • Lipstick: protection against evil spirits or paint for ladies of the night? I take a dive into the history of lipsticks and see how this makeup has evolved over the last few thousand years! And thank you so much to Audible for sponsoring this video! Get a free 30-day trial & first book free today by signing up at .
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    Swede Potatoes
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    In The Parlour
    Tipperary Cheerful
    Why Do You Do
    Swing Swing Swing
    Music Hall
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    Tea And Cakes
    Snap Your Cap
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Comments • 7 000

  • Safiya Nygaard
    Safiya Nygaard  Year ago +7470

    HELLO MY BBs! I'm so sorry for the late night upload, I hope you guys enjoy this strange deep dive into the history of lipsticks! Who got a notif for this video? Love, Saf

    • Kirsten Swaddles
      Kirsten Swaddles 8 days ago


    • megan wood
      megan wood Month ago

      Safiya Nygaard I love ur vids saf ur amazing and ur vids and so fun and informative and fun to watch 😍 I’d love u as a friend 💕

    • Sushi Cat Sindel
      Sushi Cat Sindel Month ago +1

      I think you meant to say Glossy Taco, and you forgot to wear a holo lipstick.

    • the sun,moon,stars and the sky
      the sun,moon,stars and the sky Month ago

      i love you too Saf 😘

    • Unicorn Rheyna
      Unicorn Rheyna 2 months ago

      Safiya Nygaard i love your vids

  • Kalentine
    Kalentine 4 days ago

    I'd also like to share that in the forties, Hitler reportedly hated lipstick and that's why it was considered a patriotic duty to wear lipstick in America

  • Eve Wilson
    Eve Wilson 4 days ago

    i just realized one of the backround songs in the video (6:33 - 7:10) is "Its a long way to tipperary, which is one of my favorite songs!

  • Muskan Kumari
    Muskan Kumari 6 days ago

    very nice video.😊

  • 지민모치
    지민모치 10 days ago

    “I am a lipstick hoarder” ME TOO!!!

  • serenity a
    serenity a 10 days ago

    1 million back street boy fans could be moms but that's not so bad the 80s were crazy Charlie I could be your dad

  • Shanzeh Nawab
    Shanzeh Nawab 12 days ago

    This was so informative. I wish Saf would do more of these but I guess educative pieces like these didn’t get much attention from her subscribers

  • CottonCandyunicorns99
    CottonCandyunicorns99 12 days ago +1

    Can you do history of eyeliner? ♥

  • Jessie bee
    Jessie bee 15 days ago

    Love me some audible lol ive probably soent more time listening to books than reading and thats weird for me..i dont wear lipstick but love the history. Just think it makes me look like a clown lol

  • Danette Wilson
    Danette Wilson 17 days ago

    This is so 100% random but when you mention the bug being imported from Mesopotamia to be used as lip color because of it's pigment, it reminded me of that shot of Ursula in the Little Mermaid when she's trying to convince Ariel and she squeezes what looks like a bug and puts it on her lips. Lol!

  • Agust D-amn you all
    Agust D-amn you all 17 days ago

    You should try to gather a bunch of antique makeup, swatch the make up and maybe re-create the shades? I don¨t know if it's a good idea to wear it as is ahah;

  • John P.
    John P. 18 days ago

    6:20 *_ger-LAHN!_*

  • Lauren Fabris
    Lauren Fabris 19 days ago

    Stopped paying attention at the end and then when she said my name it freaked me out

  • Lina Dey
    Lina Dey 19 days ago

    13:12 it's a glossy taco!

    GORILLAZ IS LIFE 25 days ago

    Wow I just got a history lesson!

  • Kate Eaton
    Kate Eaton 26 days ago +1

    I heard that Egyptian prostitutes started wearing lipstick to advertise oral services 😂😮

  • TheMarine2214
    TheMarine2214 27 days ago

    Wears old makeup that maybe full of lead and says "I hope I dont get lead posioning."

  • MelinaLovesCats 123
    MelinaLovesCats 123 28 days ago

    8:15 song?

  • Haus of Gemini
    Haus of Gemini 28 days ago

    This is a brilliant video by someone who isn't a make-up artist. Everyone should also read Lisa Eldrige's book about the history of make-up xx

  • numb arm
    numb arm 29 days ago

    its digusting 👎

  • cherry pop
    cherry pop Month ago

    bright red was also big in the 90s. i wouldn't really refer to it as rosey.

    • cherry pop
      cherry pop Month ago

      red, burgundy, wine and to a lesser extent cranberry.

  • MicMeow :3
    MicMeow :3 Month ago

    I like how many times her lipstick changes in the video

  • Genevieve Trevitt
    Genevieve Trevitt Month ago

    Yo ! This should become a series with like eyeshadow or highlighter bcc u love a good highlight this vid is great 👍🏻

  • Demitrival
    Demitrival Month ago

    Safiya how are you able to structure your informations in this video. I wish I was able to English lol

  • lily hoffmaster
    lily hoffmaster Month ago

    she wore 20 lipsticks

  • lily hoffmaster
    lily hoffmaster Month ago

    am i the only one that noticed every time there was a ding she wore another lipstick so far shes worn ten

  • Darby Mason
    Darby Mason Month ago

    2:05 saf... I love you. That's a Greek poet. That's Sappho.

  • Panicking Jess
    Panicking Jess Month ago +2

    Idk if I already commented this but you should do you next one on bras and panties, or if you wanna stay with make talk about eyeshadow, or blush, or mascara, I think bronzer contour and highlighting are too new for history

  • Lewky Charmes
    Lewky Charmes Month ago

    Wow it took me until 12 min in to realize that the *ding* I was hearing was a lipstick change by you. Also I would like to know what Tylers favorite lipstick color is.

  • emily flanagan
    emily flanagan Month ago

    At 6:57 I’m proud to be Irish if your confused it’s the song

  • Sailor Sparkle
    Sailor Sparkle Month ago

    At least I have something I can think about during my history test.

  • Tina
    Tina Month ago

    My mother had a push-up lipstick in the ‘60s. I think it was vintage then, and she kept it on a pretty vintage display rather than wearing it.

  • Tina
    Tina Month ago

    Safiya, love your videos. You just NOW realized that you are a lipstick hoarder?

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  • Megan LOPEZ
    Megan LOPEZ Month ago +1

    Me staring at my Starbucks strawberry Frappuccino

  • Gab Dacuan
    Gab Dacuan Month ago

    Atsuete lang yan ih :c

  • Courtney Osborn
    Courtney Osborn Month ago +1

    I would love some more “History of” videos in 2019, please! These are awesome!

  • moonlily1
    moonlily1 Month ago

    Egyptians also used to grind up those iridescent scarab beetles to make themselves some fab green eye glitter.

  • In✞ro E✘✞rover✞

    men wore makeup first. Not sure how it transitioned to women over time.

  • Banu Priya
    Banu Priya Month ago

    Nice job with lipstick s luv u saf

  • Melissa Calli
    Melissa Calli Month ago

    What about Pat McGrath?

  • Gaby Gibson
    Gaby Gibson Month ago

    In the one picture we have of my grandmother as a young woman, she's wearing what appears to be a dark color. It could be the Victory red you're talking about.
    I remember the colors from the 90s and thinking "Why do people want to put these on their lips?"
    This was fascinating to watch. I hope you do more videos like these.

  • YAHVI Go
    YAHVI Go Month ago

    Glossy taco 🌮!!!

  • lateefajohnson61
    lateefajohnson61 Month ago

    I’m a lipstick hoarder too😢

  • Pastel Seba!
    Pastel Seba! Month ago

    Don't worry Saf, you're not alone.. I'm a lipstick lover too .. but I don't have much lipsticks.. soon
    I will buy alot!!

  • Ava Heckman
    Ava Heckman Month ago

    Saf said Karmine and I was doing something and I though she said karma and I was like yeah karma's a bitch... And so is make-up

  • Alli Zone
    Alli Zone Month ago

    Safiya u know a lot so smart

  • horror movies rock
    horror movies rock Month ago

    Damn tens for the tube for a lipstick I wish it was that price now

  • Eman Philips
    Eman Philips Month ago

    People used to use arsenic (which is deadly poisonous) as lipstick

  • Andrea Moore
    Andrea Moore Month ago

    Too many images - go by too fast. So. Much. Content. Thank you for the way you present it. Is there anywhere you link to the images that came and went so fast?

  • chary361
    chary361 Month ago

    Great video! ALOT of work went into THAT! Thank you!

  • Brooklyn Chester
    Brooklyn Chester 2 months ago

    Make up places see her combing and brings out new lip sticks

  • Melody Clark
    Melody Clark 2 months ago

    Why do almost all the middle aged paintings have absolutely no eyebrows

  • Kyra Brown
    Kyra Brown 2 months ago

    those are the people that did the black pigment or anti highlighter

  • dreamcatcher75418
    dreamcatcher75418 2 months ago


  • Andy Starfish
    Andy Starfish 2 months ago +1

    It was considered patriotic to wear lipstick because at the time of ww2 in Germany, more natural tones or no makeup was promoted and preferred so that is where victory red came in

  • aliasMiya
    aliasMiya 2 months ago

    I love this video, I love your research and genuine enthusiasm for the topic! To think that something as little and overlooked (in the field of history) as lipstick can give you sooo much info on the time. I am impressed!!! And especially that you found so many vintage lipstick tubes!!!

  • william board
    william board 2 months ago

    already a queen but she's definitely in line to be THE future queen of youtube

  • thiccc with three c's
    thiccc with three c's 2 months ago +3

    If the beauty community was a school, Safiya would be the history/ science teacher.

  • AwesoMESS
    AwesoMESS 2 months ago

    I am in love with your history series! Please keep doing them! I understand these are not as population as your other video series but it's so informative!

  • Annie Moon
    Annie Moon 2 months ago +2

    Shot every time she says lipstick
    (Please dont alcohol poisoning is no joke)

  • Mirprinces Colley
    Mirprinces Colley 2 months ago

    I want a frap so bad

  • Jennifer Waddell
    Jennifer Waddell 2 months ago

    I love how your lipstick changed for each time period change!

  • VanJim
    VanJim 2 months ago

    Where did you get those Lipstick cases are wonderful!?

  • Lani Wati
    Lani Wati 2 months ago

    2:37 the cult has reunited

  • TheDancingAvonLady
    TheDancingAvonLady 2 months ago

    woohoo!! Avon Lipstick ad at 10:39!!

  • Amelia Martin
    Amelia Martin 2 months ago

    I love this vid so so much!! Could you make another one about other kinds of makeup?

  • Ellie
    Ellie 2 months ago

    "rouge" means red in French.

  • Trisha's Pets
    Trisha's Pets 2 months ago

    White lead on the face? whaat

  • Peggy Cooper
    Peggy Cooper 2 months ago

    7:55 I own a tangee lipstick

  • Elizabeth Nicole
    Elizabeth Nicole 2 months ago

    you sure do know about history

  • MC Haley
    MC Haley 2 months ago +1

    PLEASE make more "history of" videos! Maybe history of shoes, eyeshadow, or highlighter next???

  • •Queen. X•
    •Queen. X• 2 months ago

    Who needs school when we got Safiya 🤷🏾‍♀️

  • Julie Bonne
    Julie Bonne 2 months ago

    What should I do to have a shoutout for watching??

  • korneelia1 (Nel)
    korneelia1 (Nel) 2 months ago

    I love the fact that music in this video matches the epoch.

  • Cult
    Cult 2 months ago

    6:32 Its a long way to Tipperary in the background

  • putheavy ing
    putheavy ing 2 months ago

    The girl who have black short hair looks like Cleopatra

  • Jana McGhee
    Jana McGhee 3 months ago

    What is the app for her blogging?

  • Fiza Gurnani
    Fiza Gurnani 3 months ago

    Hello friends

  • a random otaku
    a random otaku 3 months ago +1

    13:11 Did you mean “glossy TaCo”???

  • Antonella Zuppelli
    Antonella Zuppelli 3 months ago

    вσв яσѕѕ ,вσв яσѕѕ, вσв яσѕѕ, вσв яσѕѕ, вσв яσѕѕ

  • lee lee
    lee lee 3 months ago

    Please do more cosmetic histories and other histories! This is awesome~

  • Sophie Brynes
    Sophie Brynes 3 months ago

    This was really fun to watch you should do something like it again! 😀

  • MissMagic
    MissMagic 3 months ago

    Carmine and cochineal (pronounced cotch-in-eel) are two names for the same thing, carminic acid from Dactylopius coccus. The old world version of carmine whose use in Europe dates back to the neolithic is called kermes and comes from Coccus Illicis which grows on oak trees in Southern Italy. Cochineal carmine was imported into Europe from the 16th century so it's likely Queen Elizabeth could have had some.

  • Gaming ka guru
    Gaming ka guru 3 months ago

    You wear black clothes in every video I want answer

  • Fangirl Yo
    Fangirl Yo 3 months ago +1

    Glossy Taco

  • Shadow Storm12
    Shadow Storm12 3 months ago

    13:11 did you just say GLOSSY TACO? XD

  • April Basuroy Biswas
    April Basuroy Biswas 3 months ago

    Vegans use red lipstick.

  • Ricey Cat
    Ricey Cat 3 months ago +1

    13:11 GLOSSY TACO

  • MayaPaya
    MayaPaya 3 months ago

    I love all your videos especially ones that are educational. MOAR PLEASE! 😳

  • anthalia jeelani
    anthalia jeelani 3 months ago


  • mae nelly
    mae nelly 3 months ago +1

    I love the effort Saf puts on her videos, not many people realize all the research she does in all her videos for people to get all the knowledge an all the time she puts in these, this is a true youtuber

  • Martha A
    Martha A 3 months ago

    Just fyi, geisha are not, and were not, prostitutes. They were and are artists. In fact, in Edo period a law was passed that forbid geisha to have sexual relationships with their guests! (mostly because some less earning geisha were trying to double as courtesans but still)


    Does anyone think its weird that people wear BUGS on their lips????

  • Anne-Marie Hinckley
    Anne-Marie Hinckley 3 months ago

    Can u do the same but eyeshadow

  • Tina Mckay
    Tina Mckay 3 months ago

    I really enjoyed this one.. informative, funny and very professional.. great work!!

  • Ria 's Channel
    Ria 's Channel 3 months ago

    Why do I find that black haired girl like Katy Perry from Dark Horse????

  • Dina Animates
    Dina Animates 3 months ago


  • Dina Animates
    Dina Animates 3 months ago