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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 …

Poem :: Dear Anxiety


Dear Anxiety,
It's nice to have finally met you
Though you've always been
A part of me,
Nesting in the womb of my mind.
The eggs you laid
A long time ago,
It gives me dirty butterflies
In every breath you should know
Yet, I don't blame you or your role.

You're a whirlpool
Of overbearing thoughts,
You're a parasite, a plague;
A constant whirring in my head,
You cause me shortness of breath.
My feelings you confused
My friendships you destroyed
And, crashed you did, my
Default systems, my functions
Dear Anxiety, you are an affliction.

Yet, it's nice to have met you
To say this hello
Come, we'll live together
By each other's side.
It's not a contest,
So, don't claim this body.
Have your fun from a distance,
And, I'll have mine.
Dear Anxiety, you've been so alone
Join me, your friend; I'll be your home.

-Asra

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