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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 uncovers the answer …

Movie Dialogue :: Before Sunrise :: Reincarnation


Jesse :: Do you belive in reincarnation?

Celine :: Yeah. Yeah, it's interesting.

Jesse :: Yeah, right. Well, most people, you know, a lot of people talk about past lives and things like that, you know? And even if they don't belive it in some specific way, you know, people have some kind of notion of an eternal soul, right?

Celine :: Yeah.

Jesse :: OK, well this was my thought:

50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there's two million people on the planet. Now there's between five and six billion people on the planet, right? Now, if we all have our own individual, unique soul, where do they all come from?

Are modern souls only a fraction of the original souls? 'Cause if they are, that represents a 5,000 to 1 split of each soul in the last 50,000 years, which is a blip in the Earth's time. At best we're like these tiny fractions of people, you know, walking. Is that why we're so scattered? Is that why we're all so specialized?

Celine :: I don't know... Wait a minute, I'm not sure... I don't...

Jesse :: Yeah, hang on, hang on. It's a, it's a totally scattered thought. It... which is kind of why it makes sense.

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