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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

Poem :: Uninspiring Days


Uninspiring,
Out of spirit days,
Filthy clothes;
She's lying in bed.

Just one of those days
Spent lazying around,
With a book
And a laptop.

It's not her PMS
She's just
In her sweats.
Living because she must
Eating bread and crust.


Just one of those days
Feeling down
And blue,
Feeling like she got
Nothing worth to do.

Uninspiring,
Out of spirit days,
Dirty all over
Thinking of a shower.

Just one of those days
Spent cribbing about,
Her mood, the food
Or anything to shout.

Just one of those days...
It's only but
One of those days.

-Asra

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