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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 :: Mocked by the Universe


Insignificant.
Unimportant and puny,
That's what you are,
That's what your problems are,
To this vast Universe.
Even stars shine down,
From billions of years ago,
Mocking, teasing, and flirting, with
Your breaths and soul.
You scream in the dark night-
I'm significant-
A speck of molecules,
Standing alone under the vastness,
Of the constellations and skies.
Together the stars are,
Laughing at you, with their
Twinkling eyes and,
Shining smiles.

You're all alone beneath their splendour,
Unimportant,
Insignificant.

-Asra

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