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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 …

Photo :: Thirty-seven Seconds to Gratitude



It rained last night.
 
Today I had to go out for some work and I took an Uber. It so happened that I was passing the Hussainsagar Lake. I requested my Uber driver to stop near the water body for at least two minutes so I can look at it. It seemed a strange request to him and he was hesitant. I told him that it's been SO long we've been indoors thanks to the lockdown and it seems like another one is on the way (no update so far, but that's what we hear). Anyway...  After a little bargain, I stayed there for 37 seconds. And although it wasn't enough to quench my thirst, I felt immense gratitude to have the opportunity to look at the waves and smell the water. Small victories count a lot.
 
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