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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 …

Random Thought :: On Charity


Update (2019) - I was wrong about everything I wrote below. It's called personal growth.



I think that I believe in charity - if it can be called a 'thing'. However, I do not believe/feel that I did anything good when I give out money as charity. Sure, it might reach the needful. Sure, they might really be needful.

I'd rather a less materialistic, more personal way to give charity: have a poor hungry person at home and give them food, give a poor man's child basic education, give time towards making a shelter for the homeless. And the likes.

But, no! They'd rather have the money, of course.

Now, could this mean I do not like giving away my money? Let me make it clear - That's true.
I think money is impersonal. (Again) I don't feel like I did a good deed by giving away money. And, if the whole point of charity is to provide help to the needy, then I think the help should be (more) permanent.

PS: These thoughts do not pertain to Zakat.
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