British makeup artist and recently appointed creative director of Lancôme, Lisa Eldridge lends her encyclopaedic knowledge of the art of makeup to a new book – Face Paint published by Abrams. Inside Eldridge breaks down the historical and cultural traditions of face painting proving she not just a leading current makeup creative but also a makeup historian. 

The 190-page graphic tome reveals the entire history of the art form, from Egyptian and classical times – think Cleopatra's famous winged eyes, through to the Victorian age of rosy cheeks, and the golden era of Hollywood with its striking bold red pouts, right up to the current beauty trends seen on the runway and on the street. Eldridge even delves into some of the social elements of makeup and the impact it has had on the lives of women around the world and through the ages. 

Eldridge's resume alone makes her the ideal authority on all things makeup, from her appointment in January of this year as Lancôme creative director to her list of collaborations with the likes of Shiseido, No7, Prada, Chloé and Donna Karan on runway shows and advertising campaigns. 

The book is available at stockists worldwide now.