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The liberatory power of makeup

Lisa Eldridge’s first book, ‘Face Paint: The Story of Makeup’ is a reminder of human social obligations; of wanting to belong and feel accepted This book review/feature was first published for The Hans India "Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices.” London-based makeup artiste, Lisa Eldridge has added another shade to her palette of achievements with her first book, ‘Face Paint: The Story of Makeup’. In ‘Face Paint’, the red carpet specialist with over 20 years of experience in the industry reveals the history of makeup, from Egyptian ages through the Victorian age and the golden era of Hollywood, and surveys the science of cosmetics for what lies ahead in it. She narrates a story tracing the origins of makeup to its development over centuries citing anthropological, psychological, evolutionary and sexual significances as she

MOVE ON MAN (my first ever poem)

The course of time,
I know will make me fine.
I can’t do much,
But the pain is such.
That I’ve started to rhyme

The days just fly
And the nights go by
I can’t do much
Oh… the pain is such
Knowing you are…not mine.

To fantasize the bliss
Of a touch and a kiss
Is it all over now?
Ask my dear how
Can I ever be in peace?

Are the feelings all gone
What was it that went wrong
And do I still wait
Knowing it’s too late
Did we ever share a bond?

If this was a test
Then I did my best
Have I failed or passed
Or is everything surpassed
You’ve laid expectations to rest

I can’t do much
‘coz the pain is such
Move on-life though unfair
It is but a game
No more you're allowed to touch!!

--ASRA

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