Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Lisa Eldridge's Face Paint: a comprehensive history of makeup

If you're in the market for a new beauty read, you're in luck - Lisa Eldridge has just released her first book, Face Paint. Unlike many other beauty books on the market, it's not a 'how-to' book, but a fascinating insight into the history of making-up one's face, across many millennia and civilisations.

Face Paint traces the origins of common items in our makeup bags to their most rudimentary beginnings and how they were used to achieve (sometimes obsolete) beauty ideals. Did you know that teeth blackening was fashionable until recent centuries in Japan and South East Asia? (Nor did I).

It's equally a great sociological study into the relationship between makeup and women's rights, as well as the birth of the multi-billion dollar beauty industry we are familiar with today. And, lest I forget, the visuals are stunning - it's an absolute feast for the eyes of fashion photography, and paintings of makeup in action. It's a most chic addition to one's coffee table.

Find where you can purchase Face Paint here. In the meantime, do watch some videos Lisa has made in conjunction with the book's release - the best and worst makeup looks in history, and a beautiful Marie Antoinette tutorial.
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