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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 …

To New Beginnings

 “I like beginnings because they’re so full of promise. The first page of a book, the first day of a job, the first time you buy yourself flowers, the first date with a new man, the first touch, the first kiss, the first kick of a good liquor, the first moment you hold your own baby. I like beginnings because I know there’s always more to come.”
— Shyma Perera, Bitter Sweet Symphony

Hello dear readers


I know it's Reblog Wednesday but hey! It's New Year! Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. Start something, anything new this year in the first week. It doesn't mean those great resolutions you made (or make). Start something permanent--take up a new job, clean your room, make a baby, make others happy, write letters to your loved ones and email it without fail, meet someone new, make new friendships, pursue your dreams--just do it!

The way my past two new years have been, I realize how important it is to do this. When I began 2012, I began a new job (from 1st Jan that year). I started the year on a new (and positive) note. Alhamdulillah, that entire year went on that note. Coincidence? I don't think so. When I began 2013, I began it on new note. In fact, I began with submitting a resignation at my office. No matter what the positive takeaways I have from 2013, I know the amount of negativity I dealt.

We don't realize how these little things subconsciously affect our every day lives. So, go ahead and look up. New things are waiting to happen!

Here's me sending out lots of love and kisses for you! Mmmuuah!
2014 is your year!
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Pic courtesy: Lisa Eldridge's Facebook Page (and btw, following Ms. Lisa could be your new thing because she is the best!)

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