BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD: AKER-NORTH AFRICAN LIPSTICK

Hello, witches!

This autumn, my beautiful friend, Ioana, went to Morocco, and thought about this little witch, and brought her back an awesome gift. This little clay pot is a traditional lipstick that can be found in the north of  Africa, where it was traditionally used by Berber women.

It was traditionally used for wedding makeup, and not only can it be applied to the lips as a lip stain/lipstick, it can be also used as a very natural blush. It’s 100% natural and vegan. Even though the recipe differs from area to area, the main ingredient is always poppy.

The mix of poppy, natural ochre dye and sometimes pomegranate extract is sprayed in a clay pot and sometimes even inside the lid. To use it you just have to wet a brush with water and rub the inside of the pot, or you can do it with a finger. Depending on how intense you want it to be, you can add more layers.

I love the fact that the water evaporates real fast so I don’t have to worry about putting the lid back on, or having a bacteria tea party in the pool I just left behind. I’m super paranoid about having everything super clean. You wouldn’t want to see how the palms of my hands look after a day of working as a makeup artist. I spray myself with so much alcohol that my skin starts peeling off. Oops!

It doesn’t give you a perfectly even application and it’s not really long-lasting on the lips but it is cool to wear with a lip balm to the grocery store or to just have it as a collectors’ item. I mean, I’m probably going to use this very rarely but I love having it, it’s like a piece of the history of makeup. Thank you, Ioana, for the awesome gift!

With this post, I’m starting a new series entitled BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD, and every time I get an interesting product that is from another country, I will add it to the series. I hope you enjoyed it and don’t forget to turn on the notifications button. You wouldn’t want to miss a new spell or beauty hex. If you know or have any cool beauty items from around the world, please leave me a comment. Bye, witches!

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