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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 :: On Learning

I think that the best way to learn something is by teaching it. What happens while teaching is that you take up responsibility of someone else’s learning. That way you wouldn’t (voluntarily) want to mess that up, right? Hence, you make a 100% (perhaps more) effort to do that thing with perfection.

I am not going to memorize anything from now on. If I want to learn something, I am going to teach it to myself. I will think of myself as a student, explain it aloud, perhaps in front of the mirror. You should try it, too. It might be odd the first few times but this way you’ll never forget it for your entire life.


If nothing you can have fun with it and I leave you with this. Enjoy!

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