Beauty School Dropout

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Taught by Jonathan Soma

Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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I've always thought makeup and all the things you can do with it are pretty neat - it's practically wearable art.  So let's learn all of it's secrets!

Cosmetics have a long history: from the original kohl eyeliner to spray-on suntans, we'll see where it all comes from. What deadly poison did women use to make themselves doe-eyed? What're the biological underpinnings of lipstick's redness?

Ah, but no one's a blank canvas, either: let's find out what impact skin tone has on your makeup decisions, and the ins and outs of using cosmetics to concentrate (or distract) from particular facial features.

We can also cover the politics of cosmetics: what impact has their usage had on history, and what sort of debates have they spurred up to current day? Hint: there are a ton!

Also, since most of us have hair, maybe we can sort that one out, too.  How does layering work, and how did they keep pompadours standing so tall?  What's the deal with hair coloring anyway, and what are the good and evil parts of conditioner?

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