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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 …

Book Review :: Holes

Holes (Holes, #1)Holes by Louis Sachar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a book is top of the world great, it's so hard to review it. Trust me! Holes is undoubtedly a definite 5/5 book!

The story is about a boy, Stanley Yelants, whose family has a reputation of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Stanley gets arrested on charges of stealing sneakers. He is then sentenced to serve his imprisonment at Camp Green Lake. There he is made to dig 5 by 5 foot holes by a sinister Warden. He meets many other boys and quite strangely befriends them. It is here that his luck 'improves' (or rather his perception). His faith, hope and determination make him survive the trying routines at Camp Green Lake. After many hopeless and heart moving incidences there finally comes happiness in the life of Stanley.

The story switches between three generations with ease, keeping the reader glued. The writing style is sharp and the emotional quotient maintained is apt. In every story of each generation, the theme is- Hope. And when finally each of these three stories merge together the reader can only rejoice that hope lead the way to a great end.

It's a very inspiring story with thrilling and interesting characters. Although, there are many sad incidences in the book there isn't a single dull page. Once you begin, you can only put it down when you're done. A must read!

Favourite Quotes:
A lot of people don't believe in curses.
A lot of people don't believe in yellow-spotted lizards either. But if one bites you, it doesn't make a difference whether you believe it or not.

"If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply;
Reflecting the sun and all that's gone by.
Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly.
Fly high, my baby bird,
My angel, my only"

" When you spend your whole life living in a shole", he said, "the only way you can go is up."
-Zero



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