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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 …

Nailing culprits with a dash of fashion


Here is some great news for Indian audience that thrives on watching web series. They are on the rise and how! What’s more! There is an element of freshness even in the completion Take for instance the critically acclaimed ‘Alisha – The Fashion Detective’ on Culture Machine’s Blush You Tube channel, which remains vivid in one’s memory and can be revisited on the internet.

A crime-thriller featuring India’s first female detective on the web, 'Alisha' is clever, sassy and gives a damn to people’s opinion about her. Although, inspired by desi detective Byomkesh Bakshi and Agatha Christie she is one-of-a-kind as she probes into crimes happening in the world fashion and entertainment.

We caught up with Lianne Texeria, who both created as well as played Alisha on the show, and director Akanksha Seda, who tells us “what happens when the most badass bunch of women get together to run a YT channel”.


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