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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 …

Poem :: Ehsaas-e-Rang


کیسی یہ ہمّت آئ ہے 
دل میں نیی تصویر لائی ہے 

مچل جائے من میرا 
رنگ ہے اسکا اتنا گہرا

- Asra 

And for you guys who asked for the transliteration -

Kaisi yeh himmat aai hai
Dil mein nayi tasveer laayi hai

Machal jaaye mann mera
Rang hai uska itna gehra

- Asra

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