My aunt mentioned recently how all eyes would home in on her reddened lips when she joined any feminist group in the 80s and 90s. Make up was apparently not compatible with the notions of equality and choice.
Google red lipstick and there is a list of articles; Do Men Like Red Lipstick (conclusion: who cares), How to Apply Red Lipstick (conclusion: application to your mouth is best) and this. When I started to wear red lipstick I took great pleasure in telling everyone it was to honour the suffragettes, who wore it as a sign of emancipation. Cosmetics queen and Helena Rubenstein foe, Elizabeth Arden was a great supporter of the suffragist movement, Arden marched with suffragists in 1912 on Fifth Avenue, New York.
Sadly The Body Shop lip ink pen met a sad demise, lately GOSH, L’Oreal (Body Shop owners) and Revlon have brought out their own products with similar inkiness. None of them in the glorious dried blood colour of 90s Body Shop glory years. So instead, here are my new Swear Buys (geddit?)