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Ultimate Lipstick Quiz
by Staff
Lipstick is an integral part of many -- dare we say most -- women's lives. You might never leave the house without lipstick, but how well would you do on our Ultimate Lipstick Quiz?

According to the 'lipstick indicator' theory, women buy more lipstick when the economy is doing well.

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  • almost fact: It's the other way around -- women tend to buy lipstick when the economy is tanking.

Wearing lipstick with no SPF could be worse than leaving your lips bare.

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  • almost fact: This holds true for creme lipstick, but not matte.

However, shimmery lipsticks and glosses could be harmful to your lips on a sunny day.

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  • almost fact: Glosses could be dangerous, but shimmery lipsticks are fine.

You can get cancer from the lead in lipstick.

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  • almost fact: Only people with a family history of a specific kind of cancer are vulnerable to the lead in lipstick.

Permanent tattoed lipstick has been around since the 1950s.

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  • almost fact: It's been at least since the early 1900s.

The shelf life of the average tube of lipstick is about three months.

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  • almost fact: You can hang on to lipstick for about a year.

The FDA says that lipstick can safely contain traces of horse brain.

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  • almost fact: Don't worry -- it's just cow brain.

Maybelline's Fire and Ice is one of the best-selling lipstick colors ever.

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  • almost fact: Revlon makes Fire and Ice.

Wax is no longer used in mass-produced lipstick.

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  • almost fact: Beeswax is no longer used, but other kinds are.

A common claim is that women who use lipsticks end up consuming a tube of it per year.

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  • almost fact: It's more like 10 tubes.

Crushed beetle shells are sometimes used to give deep-red lipsticks their color.

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  • almost fact: The beetle shells are used in exfoliating lipsticks.

If you want to make your own vegan lipstick, you should stay away from lanolin.

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  • almost fact: Lanolin and beeswax are both no-nos.

Cleopatra used crushed ants to color her lips.

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  • almost fact: Cleopatra's lip color came from asp venom.

Queen Elizabeth I's intense red lip color came from berry juice.

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  • almost fact: Elizabeth used crushed flowers.

The first lip color in stick form was created in the mid-1800s.

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  • almost fact: It was earlier than that -- the early 1500s.

In the 18th century, the British Parliament passed a law that said women who wore lipstick (and other makeup) could be forced into a life of servitude.

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  • almost fact: The punishment was actually life in prison.

Max Factor invented lip gloss.

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  • almost fact: It was Estee Lauder.

In the 1950s, scientist Hazel Bishop created the first 12-hour lipstick -- the magic ingredients were bromo acids.

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  • almost fact: The lipstick was long-lasting because of a substance called Permatone.

Permatone was fine-tuned in Maybelline Superstay lipstick.

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  • almost fact: It was Revlon ColorStay.

In 2008, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin famously remarked that lipstick was the only difference between a hockey mom and a bull.

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  • almost fact: Make that pit bull.