Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge

If you’ve ever flipped through Vogue or Elle, – or any fashion publication, for that matter – you’ve probably seen Lisa Eldrige’s work. Makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge – known for her work on an extensive star-studded list of clientele (Rihanna, Emma Watson, and Cara Delevigne,  just to name a few) – has graced the industries of fashion and beauty with her impeccable artistry for over two decades. Possessing a passion for the history of makeup and vintage cosmetics, Lisa published Face Paint: The Story of Makeup in October 2015.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge. $22. www.barnesandnoble.com (also available on Amazon)

Admittedly, I’m a little embarrassed that I’m just now reviewing this gem, but I absolutely loved it, so let’s chat about it!

Face Paint  is 227 pages (not including the index and reference pages) of makeup history, discussing the beauty rituals from Ancient Egypt, the fab 50’s, to today’s era – and everything in between! I think even the book itself is a work of art: beautiful fully-colored images are featured on nearly every page, which makes for an even more enjoyable read! And the cover is stunning, too!

Makeup Muse: Queen Nefertiti (pgs. 80-81)
Vintage packaging & a Spanish Fragrance ad (pgs. 188-89)

Given Lisa’s fascination with all eras of cosmetics, there is such a wealth of knowledge presented in this book that truly made it difficult to put down! It’s a very easy read, yet gives a detailed account of every era of makeup, and features the muses and beauty icons of each period. What I really love about Face Paint is that it’s a fantastic way to educate yourself about the how’s, why’s, and who’s of makeup. This book also can be a great reference tool for makeup artists, especially those who work on historical projects. And for those who are simply makeup aficionados, you’ll enjoy this book too!

Beauty Pioneer: Max Factor (pgs. 122-23)

I have been such a huge fan of Lisa and her work for many years, and she has continued to be an inspiration to me in my own career as a makeup artist. I’m so happy to have finally gotten my hands on her book!

Have you read Lisa’s book? Do you want to? Leave your thoughts below!

Until next time. . .stay glamorous! xo

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