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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 :: A Friend in Need

Dedicated to you, my friend, for being there. Happy Friendship Day! :)



It was three a.m. that night,
Months later after that boyfriend fight,
When I didn't know what's right-
I sought a friend,
To help me with my woeful plight.

He was instantly there,
Alongside my demon's lair,
Showing me the genuine care-
I sought a friend,
My worries who would bear.

And so he lent both ears,
To my complicating fears,
Battling my avalanche of tears-
I sought a friend,
The one who says, 'M'dear.'*

He let me rant on for a long while,
Then calmed me down and made me smile,
Biting down the resenting bile-
I sought a friend,
And discarded my trash pile.

No solution he offered for me to heed,
I just wanted a friend, my mind he reads.
And when I was in shit-real need,
I had that friend,
Who's a true friend, indeed.

-Asra

*Dude! I hope you get this! :)
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