By Stewart, Susan
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.Read more
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Susan Stewart is a Librarian in West Lothian. Her first published work was based on her PhD thesis awarded in 2003. Since then she has explored her interest in cosmetics further, contributing to various publications and taking part in conferences and events including The Edinburgh Book Festival. Susan lives in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh with her husband and two dogs.
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