This book was long awaited in the beauty industry. Written by the renowned makeup artist Lisa Eldridge it is a gorgeously illustrated account of the role makeup has played in women’s history. Many people were surprised to hear that this wasn’t going to be a tutorial book and I am so glad it isn’t. It’s really refreshing to have a book about beauty written by an important figure in the industry that explores something other than just the application of makeup, especially when it has such a rich and interesting history.
I study History and History of Art at uni so I have a huge interest in this area anyway and own other books on the history of beauty and makeup but this one is by far my favourite. The book is separated into two sections, ‘The Ancient Palette’ and ‘The Business of Beauty’. Lisa tracks the history behind the colours red, white and black used in makeup, going on to look at her ‘Makeup Muses’ and makeup in the 20th and 21st Century. You can tell the book was incredibly well researched and this comes across in the content which is rich in facts and snippets of knowledge. It’s also absolutely packed with images and photographs of vintage makeup and beautiful women. The text inside is broken down into chunks and short sub sections which means you can dip in and out of the book, which is great if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.
I really do not have a bad word to say about this book and I think it’s so reasonably priced for the quality. If you have a friend who loves makeup then this would make a great present or even if you want to treat yourself, it’s a purchase you won’t regret.
Thank you for reading!