FACE PAINT: The Story of Makeup

By Lisa Eldridge

An illuminating narrative of makeup, Lisa Eldridge explores the history of what would seem to be a relatively new commodity. Face Paint goes beyond the 100 years of commercial makeup and looks at the historical practices of face and body decoration, a practice that reaches back to some of the oldest known communities. Eldridge looks into Egyptian, Classical, Victorian and the golden age of Hollywood whilst surveying the cutting-edge makeup science of both today and tomorrow. Delving deeper, Face Paint explores not only the practical elements, but also the idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use. The book serves as a history of style but also a critique into the history of women, bringing new understanding to the feminine practice.