Face Paint By Lisa Eldridge: The Hottest Makeup Book Launch Of The Year

by Gio


Lisa Eldridge has written a book. Go out and buy it.

Yes, that’s all my review.

What do you mean, that’s not enough? This is Lisa Eldridge we’re talking about. One of the most talented, respected, and lovely makeup artists of our times. You’ve all been watching her youtube videos, have you? And you still need more?

Ok then. I guess you wouldn’t read Beautiful With Brains if you weren’t the sceptic kind. We’re all about going behind the hype and testing things here to see if they’re really worth our money and time. So here goes, my full review.

Face Paint is not your usual makeup artist book. You know, one of those filled with gorgeous shots of their works and the little known secrets of their trade (which I love, by the way).

Face Paint is about the history of makeup, from ancient times to our days. Lisa tracks the history of makeup products, such as eyeshadow, blush, and foundation, how they changed throughout history, and the materials used to make them then and now, from deadly lead pastes to safer, but very maligned, modern synthetic pigments.

She also uncovers the origins of our favourites brands, such as Helena Rubinstein and Rimmel, revealing juicy tidbits about their founders and how they revolutionized the beauty world.

Lisa also reveals her beauty muses. Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse, Brigitte Bardot, Madonna, and all the women whose love for makeup and distinctive style inspire her and her work.

But, worry not. Just because Face Paint is about history, it doesn’t mean it’s boring (although, if you ask me, history is never boring). The book is written Lisa-style, in the accessible and straightforward manner we know and love Lisa for.

Needless to say, pictures abound, and they’re absolutely beautiful. It’s worth getting Face Paint just for them. A feast for the eyes, the book provides the perfect introduction to the history of makeup. Get a copy. You won’t regret it.

Pros: Fascinating history of makeup; Accessible and engaging writing style; Beautiful pictures.

Cons: If you expect a long, in-depth history of makeup, you’ll be disappointed.

Summary: In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge tracks the history of makeup, its how and why, from ancient times to our present day. Beautifully illustrated, it’s both informative and engaging.

Price & Availability: £12.91 at Amazon UK and Amazon US

Rating: 4/5

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Marina (Makeup4all) October 3, 2015 - 11:54 pm

I can’t wait to get my copy! Pre-ordered it as soon, as I found out 🙂

Gio October 4, 2015 - 6:24 am

Marina, I hope it arrives soon. You’re going to love it, I know it. 🙂

Kiss & Make-up October 4, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Hmmm, nah, not for me I think.

Gio October 4, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Melissa, shame. Why not?

Kiss & Make-up October 4, 2015 - 3:18 pm

I dunno, me and beauty books, ehhh, we’re just not made for each other I guess 🙂

Gio October 4, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Oh, I see. Not everything is for everyone.:)

Allison October 4, 2015 - 3:00 pm

I don’t usually read beauty books, but you have convinced me on this one, Gio. I love Lisa Eldridge’s personality, and her work is amazing. What has really sold me is the history and information that you mentioned is woven throughout the book. Great review!

Gio October 4, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Allison, Lisa is lovely and so talented, isn’t it? If you want to know more about the history of makeup, then this is for you. 🙂

SkincareDupes October 6, 2015 - 8:29 am

Sigh, I love Lisa so much! I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this book since she had that emotional reveal on her Periscope! <3

Gio October 6, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Skincaredupes, she’s lovely, isn’t it? The book is worth the wait, you’ll love it too.

Janessa October 26, 2015 - 8:02 am

This is in my Amazon cart! I am going to order it now that you suggest it. Hopefully it is back in stock soon.

Gio October 26, 2015 - 11:14 am

Janess, do get it as soon as it is back in stock It’s a wonderful read!


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