Try telling Lisa Eldridge one thing she doesn’t learn about make-up. It’s just about unattainable. Anybody who has learn her guide – Face Paint: The Story of Make-up – visited her gloriously girly studio or watched any of her wildly widespread YouTube tutorials will know: this lady lives and breathes magnificence.
On this specific day we’re with Eldridge at her London studio, being talked via her intensive classic make-up assortment. The make-up artist has lots of of items from all through the 20th Century in addition to examples from even earlier. Lipsticks from the Twenties, neon-bright pots of rouge by Coty and Maybelline and compacts with pared-back wartime packaging are all lovingly archived and saved protected in drawers lined with heavy black material. Many are so valuable that they’ll solely be dealt with with gloves.
“I simply received bitten by the bug,” she shrugs, pausing to admire an eyeshadow nearly 100 years previous. “The primary classic make-up I purchased was Biba, at Portobello Market. It solely went bust in 1983 however the pigments had been so sturdy I used to be fascinated. I received a great deal of it for £5. Then I began amassing and received actually into it. At any time when I noticed previous make-up once I went to a classic truthful, I’d purchase it.”
It’s not simply lovely packaging and design that draws Eldridge – she is evidently fascinated by the historic context of every piece, and the journey via formulations from these of previous to those we all know and use at the moment. She exhibits us a radioactive powder, in addition to an unique block mascara from the Twenties and regularly gasps with delight as she comes throughout her favorite items. Mockingly her guide, wherein she talked about her love of classic cosmetics, has noticeably pushed up costs. “After I bid for issues now I’m like: wow,” she says. “Fortunately I’ve a variety of what I need already.”
Eldridge collects primarily from auctions, or from property gross sales across the nation. One Chanel compact from the Forties was acquired due to a supplier at Grays Antiques who calls when she comes throughout notably particular items that she thinks would possibly curiosity Eldridge. A latest buy has simply arrived – a Cartier lipstick holder beforehand owned by Audrey Hepburn, and acquired from the actress’s private assortment. Eldridge doesn’t point out the ultimate worth paid, however admits bidding battle pushed it larger than she had hoped. “However…” she pauses, earlier than breaking right into a smile. “Are you able to consider this was Audrey Hepburn’s? That the lipstick inside was the precise lipstick that she used? I feel it’s simply lovely.” Clearly time has completed nothing to dent Eldridge’s enthusiasm.
“I simply love make-up,” she says. “The whole lot about it. I by no means get uninterested in it.”
See a few of Eldridge’s favorite items from the 20th Century under.