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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 :: To Do or Not To Do

There are many times in our lives during which, we wish to do something about something that means the world to us. And, we want to do that something to such good extent - nothing less than perfect. And, in this yearn to do the something perfectly we begin doing it. Yet, we never get to completing it because nothing seems to do justice to our thoughts about its perfection. And so, it remains incomplete. Waiting for its perfection that never comes.

Like the Harry Potter post that you wanted to write for your blog, or that painting of the castle that you dreamed about, or the short film you wanted to make, and so on.
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