: Saying that something is the only reason for something else is often an overstatement
. In this case, at least one additional explanation for the attractiveness of red lips
comes to mind – they are an indication of good health
. Some work has been done in the field of evolutionary development of “thermometer
s” – organ
s and feature
s that serve as indicators of physical and mental health. A simple evolutionary “Just so story
” like this would explain the attractiveness of female red lips. Red lips having become attractive, the ladies put on make-up to make them look “right”, regardless of reason.
Why not men, you may ask – well, in the good ol’ days, before we had things like computers, cars, buildings and the wheel, men walked around the place with a serious beard, leaving their lips relatively hidden.
I’m not trying to attack your explanation – it has an interesting basis in perceptual mistakes and games that people (and other creatures) make and play all the time – just offering an alternative.