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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

Poem :: You shine like the moon

Bright and beautiful you shine
Like the moon in the night
Your pseudo chastity, reflecting
In its false glow.
Oh! You shine like the moon.

You stole the glory of the Night
Your halo broke its might
She suffered long and cried
No star ever in its sight.
Empty and alone in the galaxy
When the Night called for its love
It came upon the monster, moon
A parasite all the way through.
And cold was its vacant luminescence
Like your heart and its selfish desires
Self-serving, feeding off the sun
Projecting an image of sublime conscience.

Oh! You shine like the moon.
May glorious be your days, you fool
Who exists only in dark gloom
And, know this with certainty
The Night lives on without your bloom.


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