It is ahead of her practice as a make-up artist and of the star-system’s background noise that Lisa Eldridge approached this book. She writes about milleniums of make-up practice and about the gestures that inspired her most famous works. She builds a non-exhaustive, joyful and personal, luxuriant and sometimes surprising story of beauty. From the importance of white among geishas to Liz Taylor, Twiggy or Grace Jones’ make-up styles, the author enters in resonance with colors, materials, centuries and style icons to give a full panorama of make-up and its function in social practices and past and contemporary pictures.
Face paint, a history of beauty by Lisa Eldridge. Hachette Pratique Editions. 29,95 euros, 240 pages.