Originally Posted by C. F. Leon
In this regard, I've read that lipstick originated with Babylonian prostitutes advertising that they gave fellatio
That looks like an urban myth to me. By that logic, mascara was invented by women who wanted to advertise the fact that they took it in the eye
Don't think so somehow.
The invention of makeup (not only Babylonian, BTW, as makeup arose independently in many cultures all over the world) was probably designed simply to accentuate the beauty of various important facial landmarks - chief among them being the eyes and the lips, of course. Making oneself more attractive by accentuating bodily features pre-dates prostitution by aeons; indeed, it pre-dates humans.