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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 :: Something deep, deep, deep




Something deep, deep, deep;
From the pits of my feels, feels, feels;
Knocks on my heart, tap, tap, tap.
Let me out.
Let me out.

Hush, hush, hush;
I tell my heart to hush, hush, hush;
And stay inside the rut, rut, rut.
It's dark outside.
It's dark outside.

But, but, but;
My heart begs me to nudge, nudge, nudge;
Give it but a chance to love, love, love.
I'm alone inside.
I'm alone inside.

Shush, shush, shush;
I make attempts to push, push, push;
And my chest pains - it's the truth, truth, truth.
You can't cry.
You can't cry.

Pain, pain, pain;
Dear heart, that's what you'll gain, gain, gain;
No matter how much you try, try, try.
We will survive.
We will survive.
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Asra 

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