To guarantee a beautiful and attractive pair of red-colored lips, Ancient Egyptian women would crush insects. From that they would obtain a sort of dye that they’d apply to their lips. This was Cleopatra’s own method (pictured above, played by Elizabeth Taylor in the now-classic hit Cleopatra). They also used a mixture of focus-algin, iodine, and bromine mannite to make lip color. However, little did some of them know that this combination could be fatal to the one who wore it as lipstick or to whoever kissed anyone wearing it.