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Painted Faces: A Colourful History of Cosmetics

Painted Faces: A Colourful History of Cosmetics (Paperback)

By Stewart, Susan

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Throughout history, women (and men) have applied make-up to enhance, alter, conceal and even to disguise their appearance. Also, to a greater or lesser degree over time, cosmetics have been used as a visible marker of social status, gender, wealth and well-being. A closer look at... the world of make-up gives us not only a mirror reflecting day-to-day life in the past, but also an indicator of the culture and politics of earlier periods in history. Susan Stewart guides the reader through the bewildering, fascinating and complex story of cosmetics, from the ancient world to the present day. Anyone who has ever wondered how the Romans used algae to colour their faces and urine to whiten their teeth, how Radium came to be a popular 1930s beauty trend, or how make-up survived the war will enjoy this colourful journey through the human obsession with improving how we look.
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ISBN 9781398103245
Released AU 15 Dec 2020
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781398103245
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Imprint Amberley Publishing
Released 15 Dec 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Stewart, Susan
Category History
Social & Cultural History
Cosmetics, Make-Up & Skin Care
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 668.5509
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cosmetics - History, Beauty, Personal - History
NBS Text Fashion & Beauty
ONIX Text General/trade