Megan Fox was sporting red lipstick at the screening for her new movie "Jennifer's Body". She looks pretty as usual, but I am not fan of the lipstick on her at all. I believe that Megan would look just fine without so much makeup, and if she didn't try so hard.
Beauty Mark: Megan Fox Gets Old Hollywood I love the Ava Gardner look she is channeling here. Old Hollywood hair, red lipstick, groomed eyebrows, and gold drop earrings.
Is it just me or does Megan Fox look like a goddess in this photo?With slicked back hair and orange-red lips (anyone see a trend here?) actress Megan Fox looked like a bronze goddess on the red carpet at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles tonight.
Since these women were admired for their beauty and independence, women wanted to be like them and lipstick cosmetics were brought into a new era where women could paint their lips and be proud. Cosmetic companies started, Max Factor, Maybelline , and Elizabeth Arden just to name a few worked to develop safer ingredients to provide new colors and of course still allow women to achieve those lush kissable lips. Lipstick cosmetics have come a long way through time to become a primary beauty staple for millions of women. Don't leave home without it!
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Ingredients in Your Lipstick - Is Your Health at Risk? By Christine Farlow - Ezinearticles
Lipstick ingredients in many cases are a noxious blend of petroleum based chemicals, many of which have not been thoroughly tested for safety. A number of these ingredients may cause allergic reactions or interfere with your body's hormones. Some can even harm important body systems like your nervous system and immune system.
Who would have ever thought that the pretty colors that help you look beautiful can actually cause harm? The truth of the matter is that many of the ingredients that color your lipstick are derived from coal tar, which causes cancer. Now, these color ingredients may not themselves be known to cause cancer, but a great deal of them have not been adequately tested to determine if they're safe.
Most of the color ingredients in your lipstick that give you an amazing number of shades to choose from are D&C and FD&C colors, i.e. artificial colors. However, the majority of the time, the D&C and FD&C are left off the label so you'll see the color listed something like "Orange 5" or "Blue 1 Lake."
Why should this matter to you?
The FDA has approved D&C Colors for drugs and cosmetics but not for food. So they can't be used in things you eat. Now, in spite of the fact that lipstick is a cosmetic and not a food, everyone who wears it eats it. Every time you lick your lips, you're eating a little bit of lipstick. In fact, "in the June 2002 issue of Glamour magazine it was reported that women inadvertently ingest about 4 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime."
The other artificial colors used in lipstick, FD&C Colors, have been approved by the FDA for food, drugs and cosmetics.
D&C and FD&C Colors are regulated by the FDA, but only in terms of the amount of the toxic metals, lead and arsenic, they contain. D&C Colors may not contain more than 20 ppm [parts per million] of lead and arsenic. FD&C Colors are limited to 10 ppm.
Lead and arsenic are poisonous. So, every time you lick your lips you may be getting a small dose of these noxious chemicals.
Tests done on a number of different lipstick brands in 2007 for the presence of lead found that in over half of the brands tested the level of lead was more than what's allowed in candy. More recently, the FDA tested 22 brands of lipstick and found lead in every single one and at even higher levels than the 2007 study! Nevertheless, the FDA considers the lead detected in the lipstick tested to be harmless. However, considering that lead accumulates in your body, and even minute amounts of lead in lipstick can lead to harm, do you want to be adding lead to your body every time you lick your lips?
It's important to note here that the certification of D&C and FD&C Colors does not address any other harmful effects these colors may have on your body. For example, neither the D&C nor FD&C Colors are checked to determine if they cause allergic reactions, are skin irritants, whether they're toxic to your nervous system or reproductive system or even cause cancer.
In addition, a great deal of what you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your bloodstream. This fact is NOT taken into consideration in the standards for D&C Colors, which allow twice as much of the toxic lead and arsenic as the FD&C Colors.
Avoid these D&C Colors commonly found in lipstick:
* Orange 5 * Orange 5 Lake * Red 6 * Red 6 Lake * Red 7 Lake * Red 21 * Red 21 Lake * Red 27 * Red 27 Lake * Red 30 Lake * Red 33 Lake
Stay away from these FD&C Color ingredients found in lipstick as well:
* Blue 1 Lake * Yellow 5 Lake * Yellow 6 Lake
This is just a sampling of the kinds of color ingredients you may find in your lipstick. When you check the ingredients list on your lipstick, you may find other color ingredients that are not listed here, but should be avoided. For example, it's best to pass up any lipsticks that contain any color ingredients with a number after it, or with a number and "lake."
Also, there are other harmful ingredients in your lipstick besides colors. These include xenoestrogens or endocrine disruptors, which interfere with your hormones. Some common ones found in lipstick are parabens. Methylparaben and propylparaben are the ones most frequently found in lipstick.
Another kind of ingredient you want to pass up is the penetration enhancer. It causes more of the ingredients in your lipstick to be absorbed into your body. An example of a common penetration enhancer found in lipstick as well as other cosmetic products is propylene glycol.
By now, you're probably wondering how you're supposed to protect yourself.
Here's a simple way to get started using healthier lipstick and cosmetic products:
Check the ingredients list for the chemicals listed above when you shop for lipstick as well as all your other cosmetic products. Then choose only those products that are free of these harmful ingredients. You may need a magnifying to read the tiny print. Do this and you'll be off to a good start.
When you first discover that your favorite shade of makeup has been discontinued, you should try to find your color directly with the manufacturer. Call the cosmetic company directly and ask their customer-service department about leftover inventory, or if they changed the colors name or better yet if they have a comparable substitute. Lancome - 1-800-526-2663
Lipstick as a power all to its own. It's a well known that fact that most men feel red lipstick is just downright sexy! Not only is red lipstick color sexy, doing the totally opposite and pair up a pale lipstick color with smoky eyes makeup and you are a force to be hold! To get away with wearing a bold lipstick color one must always play down the rest of your makeup. The truth is any color lipstick is amazing on you if you apply it correctly and making sure you are not wearing the wrong color for your skin tone.