Face Paint

by - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

There are many books out there about beauty. Some from beauty bloggers (it's the latest trend after all), many from beloved brands or make up artists. They all dabble in the same thing: tips and tricks on how to do this and how to do that. 

And then there is Lisa Eldridge's baby. Face Paint

Why is this book something special you ask? Why do I separate it from the rest? Well, the answer is quite simple. This is not yet another stereotypical beauty book. No. It's a history book. In its pages you get to learn how beauty evolved throughout the globe, the trends people followed during different eras and of course the founding of all those massive beauty brands we worship these days. 

Now let's take things from the start. For those of you out there who don't even know how Lisa Eldridge is I have one thing to say. Are you even from this world?

Lisa Eldridge is a make up expert who has worked with Shiseido, Boots No7, Chanel and currently Lancome and has a clientele many other make up artists would be jealous of (Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Cara Delevigne, Emma Watson, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung to name a few). But that's not what makes her unique. Her friendly and down to earth personality is what makes her one of my favourite people in the industry right now. Plus her talent. Lisa Eldridge has plenty of it. Here's the link to her blog www.lisaeldridge.com and her Youtube channel. Go find out for yourself.

Now, about the book.

Face Paint is divided in two major sections. 

First section is called "The Ancient Palette" and it studies the three main colours that have left their mark on the beauty world; red, white and black.

Second section is "The Business of Beauty", a trip down history lane and how the world of beauty was affected through the ages, from stage actors to Renaissance pamphlets to today's social media. You get to learn about the pillars of beauty products and their creators - some familiar names and some not as much, a very fascinating chapter for people like me who love knowing a little bit of trivia. 

You're also being introduced to some of the most influential people of all times, the ones who put their own stamp on the world of beauty with their eccentricities or unique personal styles, the makeup muses. Elizabeth I, Nefertiti, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marie Antoinette, Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Madonna and Amy Winehouse are just a few of the women fashioned in Face Paint.

Lisa Eldridge also made a video she has shared on her Youtube channel, inspired by all the centuries of make-up and its effect on the world. It has been one of my faves since the moment I first watched it, plus it always makes me smile when I see what ancient Greeks used to consider beautiful (thank goodness that trend didn't last through the ages!). 

My copy of Face Paint is currently sitting on my desk along with a couple of other beauty books I tend to pick up and browse through quite often. It has provided me with information I find more than interesting and I definitely suggest you go to your closest bookstore and pick up a copy yourself. Believe me, you won't regret it!

Until next time,


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