A Brief History of Makeup
What was in Cleopatra’s makeup bag? What did the geishas use to powder their noses? From pharaohs to punks, from pre-Columbian warriors to Hollywood stars, this is a short history of makeup observed in microscopic detail over the centuries and across continents. Lydia Ben Ytzhak shows us the eternal desire for beauty and the struggle to preserve our youth, and also includes recipes and techniques. From childish daubing to therapeutic cures, from seductive games to power play, a study of makeup can reveal what we want to show… and what we want to hide. Petite histoire du maquillage demonstrates the importance of beauty in the world. Color photo inserts.
Ben Ytzhak : Lydia Ben Ytzhak is a journalist for the European cultural channel Arte.