From an ad in 1941.
From an ad today. Looks harmless, doesn't it?
Tangee Natural Lipstick

Back in the 50's, when I was in 7th grade, a lot of us weren't permitted to wear makeup yet. Daddy was a preacher and I was allowed NONE at all. I usually followed rules, but I really wanted to wear lipstick.  When the girls put on lipstick in the restrooms, I wanted to join them. I didn't care much about clothes or hair styles, but.....

I finally gave in to temptation when a friend pulled out a "natural" lipstick. Tangee Natural. (It looked a lot like the mood lipsticks that followed.) It looked tangerine, as I remember, and didn't show when applied. I could get by with that.

 I applied a coat and felt so grown, pursing my lips. Then I added a coat, disappointed that it didn't show at all. I had to return it to my friend whose mama let her wear lipstick. I had hours for it to wear off, sooooo.  If you've ever worn this or mood lipstick you know where I'm headed with this.

An hour later I passed a window and saw the reflection of a girl with RED lips. Oh, my goodness. I tried all afternoon to wipe it off. It wouldn't wipe off. That was long lasting stuff. 

I cheated here, because I was more like 17 and still needed lipstick!

Have you ever written a scene that you felt didn't have enough details so you had to add them? And add them? And add them?

Do you have your own Tangee Natural story?

  • Orange-in-tube Tangee changes to complement your skin tone
  • Color without artificial made-up look
  • Natural moisturizes in Tangee prevent lips from drying and chapping


  1. Tamara LeBlanc // June 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM  

    I think red lipstick looks amazing, but I don't wear it because I'm one of those lip-licker chics who end up eating away all her lip-stick and is left with skin colored lips outlined in crimson...yuck.
    No if I could find a lip-stick like Tangee, that seems to stay on forever, then I might reconsider.
    Thanks for the link, momma hen, I'll check it out;)
    Have a nice day,

  2. Patrice // June 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

    On special evenings I go for a red or a dark orangey/red, but during the day I wear a much softer color. I wear it playing my sports as it keeps my lips moisturized, but not around the house. And yes, every book I write, I layer, and layer, and layer.

  3. Mary Marvella // June 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM  

    Tamara, this stuff would NOT go away, no matter how hard I tried. I wanted to go home with clean lips. Oops! I had some 'splainin to do. Now I wear red proudly!

  4. Mary Marvella // June 14, 2012 at 5:48 PM  

    You look good in red, Patrice.

  5. Mary Ricksen // June 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM  

    I remember the mood lipstick!
    I'll bet you looked great. What I wanna know is what your father said???
    And for lipstick that lasts today you pay big bucks, that stuff was affordable!
    I remember that no matter what color I used of the mood lipstick, it all looked the same...
    I don't wear lipstick, probably should eh?

  6. Mary Marvella // June 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM  

    So funny, Mary! Daddy was in ministerial school and I hid my mouth every way I could manage. He gave me the "disappointed in you" sermon.

    Mood lipstick is formulated to turn the shades that go with your skin tones, a chemical thing.

    I think I rubbed it so much it worked as a stain.

  7. Barbara Monajem // June 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM  

    Mary, I love your pic! I've never heard of Tangee lipstick, but I tried to sneak out of the house wearing pink lipstick to Sunday School when I was 13. Didn't succeed. :)

  8. Scarlet Pumpernickel // June 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM  

    Lordy, this takes me back! My daddy didn't allow me to wear any make-up either, probably one reason I'm so lax at it to this day. I saved up my lunch money and bought a tub of lipstick on Saturday when we went to town. Daddy noticed it the minute I put it on and made me rub it off. I don't think Momma let him make me throw it away, although he threatened. He said my mouth looked like a fox's butt in poke berry time! Now that's a picture isn't it?

  9. Mary Marvella // June 14, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

    Barbara, pink wouldn't have been as bad as not so natural red. Daddies see more then we realize. Mama understood my desire to look more grown, but Daddy didn't.

  10. Mary Marvella // June 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM  

    Scarlet, you, too? Daddies can says such disgusting things and spoil the fun!

  11. Mary Marvella // June 14, 2012 at 9:40 PM  

    One coat would have been okay and given more of a bee stung look.

  12. Judy // June 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM  

    I remember Tangee lipstick. Yes, it made you feel grownup when you wore it...but I didnt think it showed up very much on my lips. I don't remember mood lipstick. Yes, I have to add things again and again, a lot of it technical details.

  13. Mary Marvella // June 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM  

    You probably didn't layer it as much as I did, Judy. I went overboard and then rubbed my lips too much.

  14. Josie // June 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM  

    I don't have a Tangee lipstick story, Mary, but remember reading a teen magazine 40 years ago and the name of the lipstick was "Coty moonlight Frost." I never did purchase it, though.

  15. Beth Trissel // June 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM  

    Great post. I love it. I've seen Tangee for sale at the Vermont Country Store catalog if you are feeling sentimental. If I wore makeup, my father also strongly objected.

  16. Beth Trissel // June 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM  

    Great post. I love it. I've seen Tangee for sale at the Vermont Country Store catalog if you are feeling sentimental. If I wore makeup, my father also strongly objected.

  17. Tami Brothers // June 17, 2012 at 7:56 AM  

    Oh man! I tried this once. I was so afraid that I would get in trouble, then my mom just laughed. I guess I looked pretty comical.

    Good times. :)


  18. Mary Marvella // June 18, 2012 at 1:16 AM  

    Josie, thanks for commenting! I had no money to buy lipstock or anything else. I learned later that we were poor. Daddy, the preacher was in a no makeup or shorts or smoking tangent at the time.

  19. Mary Marvella // June 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM  

    Beth I had no idea how many places have Tangee products, even today. The shade was "natural". I learned later that my skim grabs color!

  20. Mary Marvella // June 18, 2012 at 1:19 AM  

    Hey, Tami! Long time no see. Mama might have laughed, but not Daddy! It turned sooooo red.

  21. Mary Marvella // June 18, 2012 at 1:20 AM  

    Beth, I have considered buying one tube for fun!