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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 :: Gimme Some Chicken


Gimme some chicken,
Crispy and fried,
With something new,
Something I haven't tried.

Extra cheese pizza,
And a big Mac,
Extra large fries,
And a drink to smack.

Salad with bread,
Fine n' toasted.
And a coffee,
With beans roasted.

Frosting and cherries,
Cream and jellies,
Icing on the cake;
I say.

But chocolate does
What nothing can,
And instantly makes
My day.

So bring it on
Gimme all -
All? I say, yes.
I'll eat like crazy
Because, it is
Just my PMS.

- Asra
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