I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long it took me to discover Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel.  She is a master makeup artist, and so lovely to watch.  So I was excited to pick up her book Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge to review it for my book and film review series.

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Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge Review

First I have to say… I LOVE makeup.  I always have, and I love it more and more the more I use it and learn about it.

Second, I have to say that history was my worst subject in school.  I always find that ironic since I have such a fascination with Old Hollywood, but I seemed to have had bad luck with history teachers and could never get into it.

Cut to today, and I think I’ve found my favorite history book.

“This isn’t just about lipstick and eye shadow. Read this book and you will never look at makeup in the same way again.”- Lisa Eldridge

That really is the way Face Paint reads… as the most fabulous and glamorous text book EVER!

I mean that is a great way… and a not so great way.

On the one hand, it is an amazing book about the historic figures in makeup, where it originated, and the legends that made it popular.

On the other hand, the book doesn’t have much personality, so it can be a little hard to “get into” at times.  Feeling a little more like you’re in school… albeit and very pretty one.

“Painting on a red mouth has the uncanny knack of seeming to belong to antiquity and tradition whilst simultaneously appearing decidedly modern and daring.” – Lisa Eldridge

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re a fan of Lisa Eldridge on YouTube, then you’ve probably already read it… and you’ve got great taste.

If you’re a complete makeup addict (like me) who can’t get enough of everything makeup related….. or you’re a history/science buff who is curious how your favorite makeup products came to be, then HELL YES!

If you’re a makeup newbie who’s looking for tips and tricks to help you learn more about using makeup in everyday life, then not really.  I’d suggest you pick up Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin or check out some YouTube videos first.

Have you read Face Paint?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If there are any books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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  • I’m still really interested in reading this, though I can’t actually believe it’s taken me this long! Thanks for the honest review. I bought one of Bobbi Brown’s books and loved it, despite the textbook style.
    Ivory Avenue

  • I love Lisa’s YouTube channel! This is a hook I keep meaning to pick up, but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll have to add it to my birthday wish list!

    • If you love her channel, you’ll LOVE the book! 🙂

  • I love Lisa’s YouTube channel! This is a hook I keep meaning to pick up, but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll have to add it to my birthday wish list!

  • Looks like a great book! She’s such a makeup goddess!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com