What color lipstick did silent movie stars wear?

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Aisha Wiza
April 16, 2020 7:06PM

I know it looks really dark in black and white, like they're wearing the most goth shade of blackish purple, but that's just movie magic. The earliest silent movies were made with a type of film that was sensitive to blue, meaning it showed up very lightly and reds showed up very darkly. The actual lipstick color depended on the actress and the scene, but it was mostly shades of red applied very lightly—and as mentioned, it was still dark on-screen.

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