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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

He gets the nerds partying

‘Hey! You’re in Slytherin?’ he asked looking at my green tee-shirt with the Slytherin logo on it.
‘Yes,’ I said.
‘So, I gotta be scared of you!’ he laughed. 'You're probably gonna send snakes on me.'
I wanted to tell him I'd be the most mean Slyth he'd ever meet.
Instead, I said, ‘Oh! I’m one of the good ones.'
‘My house is Hufflepuff,” he said proudly.
I could tell immediately he was ‘one of us’ and by that, I mean the nerds, geeks, cool ones, the ones who dare to speak the Dark One’s name, etc – he’s a fanboy! Wearing his nerd-mania on the ‘sleeve’ (quite literally), Florida-based DJ Elliot reflected every bit of nerd-inclusivity as he got the party started at Comic Con Hyderabad (CCH).

Here's what two nerds spoke about...

This story was first published in The Hans India. Read it here.


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