a mouth with bright red lipstick around it

The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of American History

by Ilise S. Carter Author

In this entertaining and intriguing book, author Ilise S. Carter dives deep into the history of lipstick in America. One of the most common accessories of gender in our culture, a multi-billion dollar industry, and both a mode of self-expression and conformity, lipstick has served a complicated role since its use became common. From the Suffragettes to Stonewall, it has played a hand in social change and upheaval, and as the age of the television began, it helped create a culture of celebrity and mass media. A fascinating read for those curious about the evolution of this now ubiquitous cosmetic and history buffs everywhere, The Red Menace is a vital contribution to the story of evolving American culture.