Can I just tell you guys how excited I am about this blog post? Lisa Eldridge is by far one of my favorite make-up artists, so I was really excited when I found out about her new book, Face Paint. I’ve always been so inspired by Lisa’s work, and I have learned a lot from her that I’ve applied to my work as a makeup artist. Even when I began making YouTube videos, I had her to look up to for how to make it work. At that point, not a lot of makeup artists were sharing their craft on YouTube, but watching her videos assured me that it was possible.
Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge is the story of makeup; it is put together like a history book but done in a fabulously cool way. She explains how makeup came about, the purpose of wearing it and when women started using it as a means of self-expression; I didn’t realize how much makeup has changed over the years. It’s amazing to read how makeup was used in ancient times, and why it was worn back then. For example, I read that women who wore red were desirable and passionate, while it also meant power and territorial; the book goes on about other points in history where makeup was prominent. This book is an excellent and approachable guide through its evolution, so you don’t feel like you’re being preached at or taught!One of the notable things that Lisa Eldridge mentions in her latest book is her collection of vintage makeup. Her love for vintage makeup is incredible; so much so that her collection has even been featured in museums! How cool is that? She delves into what makeup meant from as far back as it was used, all the way to current trends. She carefully selected images that gave the best visual representations of past and present, making it a page turner unique to the makeup industry and its corresponding literature.I have a lot of makeup books in my collection, but this one I highly recommend. Face Paint is now available for sale at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon. The retail price for the book is $29.95, which I think is a steal! I have it displayed on my coffee table with some candles, because the cover art is beautiful! I’d love to know what inspires you most?
P.S. When I was in New York City, I had the privilege of meeting Lisa during New York Fashion Week. I asked Lisa if she would sit down with me and chat about what items women need to start their first makeup bag. We filmed a collab video together on the subject, and I was overjoyed at the opportunity to discuss cosmetics with such a talented and knowledgeable woman. This was a fun video we shot to show woman that there are just a few key pieces you need in order to build a great foundation to exploring what makeup has to offer. We discussed five absolute essentials to add to your bag to be able to create an easy, simple look for every day. If you missed the video, you can watch it here!