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Face Paint: The Story of Makeup Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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This is a big, colorful book -- one full of glossy images and lots of eye candy. Eldridge not only looks at how we have used makeup throughout history to add glamour into our lives, but she also takes a look at the appeal of icons like Twiggy and of certain colors, like red, white, and black.
The book is really well-researched, and Eldridge teases out all the interesting bits about makeup, like how it was made in ancient times and why we have always seemed to be intrigued by using it to empower ourselves. As a history devotee, I loved reading all of this information, and both the inclusion of historical photos and the retro photos added a special dimension to this book.
If you're looking for how-to books, I'd recommend Making Faces and Sonia Kashuk Real Beauty (which is out of print, but which is worth tracking down since it has so much great information in it, much better than the information in the two Bobbi Brown books I have).
Although makeup can be used to hide features we'd rather keep hidden, Eldridge emphasizes that it's makeup's ability to allow us to tap into our creativity and sense of play that has continued to make us obsess about it for so many hundreds of years. Eldridge captures that spirit of fun throughout this book, and I highly recommend it.
This passion shines through in her book.
Lisa takes you through some of the most fascinating periods of history and shows you just how integral makeup was, whether it as approved of at the time, or not, and it's amazing impact on the sociopolitical climate of the times. Now, if that's too historical for you, don't fret.
This never feels like a history lesson.
Every page has large beautiful prints of vintage makeup cases and advertisements,queens and courtesans, scans of paintings and sketches, all geared toward the world of cosmetics and its fascinating ride through the ages. I read it cover to cover, then went back and read it again. Every paragraph and every page there is a plethora of enthralling facts and histories for your mind to learn. Even better is she doesn't beat around the bush with women's struggles in society and how makeup played a large part in their freedom or lack thereof.
As a side note, I was blown away to learn that the argument men make against makeup wearing because it "lies" to them and makes women "deceptive" is an argument that dates back to Ancient Greek and Roman times. (Prepare to see Socrates in a whole new light.)
There aren't enough words to describe the level this book is on. This is a fascinating read for beauty guru, anthropologist and historian alike. Lisa Eldridge reaches across the great divide and pulls everyone in with this accomplished and masterful work. Turning the tides against people who view makeup and fashion as shallow and vapid and showing them just how rich and wonderful the cosmetic side of the world really is.
Thank you, Lisa. I can't wait to see what you do next!
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