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Painted Faces: A Colourful History of Cosmetics

Painted Faces: A Colourful History of Cosmetics (Hardback)

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 and tangible marker of social status, gender, wealth, health and well be...ing. A closer look at the world of makeup gives us not only a mirror reflecting day to day living in the past, but also an indicator of the economic and political climate of a given period in history. Susan Stewart guides us through the bewildering, fascinating and complex world 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 9781445653990
Released AU 15 Dec 2017
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781445653990
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Imprint Amberley Publishing
Released 15 Dec 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stewart, Susan
Category Social & Cultural History
Cosmetics, Make-Up & Skin Care
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 668.5509
Weight 564g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cosmetics - History, Beauty, Personal - History
NBS Text Fashion & Beauty
ONIX Text General/trade