Eyeliner A Cultural History

Paperback (08 Aug 2024)

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Publisher's Synopsis

A dazzling exploration of the global intersections of beauty and power

'Fascinating' NIGELLA LAWSON
'Awe-inspiring' FUNMI FETTO
'A treat to read' KASSIA ST CLAIR

A Sunday Times Style Barometer and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

For centuries, humans have been drawn to lining our eyes. The aesthetic trademark of icons from Nefertiti to Amy Winehouse, eyeliner is one of our most enduring cosmetic tools: ancient royals and Gen Z influencers alike have harnessed its power.

Through Zahra Hankir's kohl-lined eyes, this ubiquitous product becomes proof of the stunning variety among cultures across time and space. By way of intimate conversations - with Chadian nomads, Japanese geisha, Indian dancers, New York's drag queens and more - Eyeliner embraces the profound significance of its namesake, especially among communities of colour.

Eyeliner is a delightful and unexpectedly moving journey through streets and stages around the world, and a stirring reclamation of a key piece of our collective history.

'A smoky-eye lover's paradise' NEW YORK TIMES

'Hankir delves into the political contexts that inform our make-up choices' DAZED

'A beautifully written deep dive' GLAMOUR

Featuring stunning portrait illustrations by Mercedes deBellard

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529920642
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 391.63
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 500g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 35mm