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Good makeup book?

La Isla

Trying to learn how to put on makeup differently. Any recomendations on good and easy to learn makeup books? I know there's sections on magazines but i'm looking for one thats strictly on putting on makeup
Jan 31, 2007 @ 11:11 am

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Oooo good question...

I am curious about this as well. Another option is to go to your local Mac counter and get them to do a makeover on you. The makeovers need to be booked in advance. They used to do them for free but now that their products are more widely used they will do a makeover if you promise to purchase something like $25 in makeup. I think this is worth it because you can watch them apply the makeup to your skin and ask questions while they are working on you!
Jan 31, 2007 @ 11:33 am

make up book

Omg, I knew a good one! And now I don't remember! darn it, when I remember La Isla I will post! I came across it in Indigo. There are tons there, in the beauty section. The thing is, you have to make sure that it is pretty new because make up trends go out of style after a while. I guess that's what magazines are good for! But I can understand what you mean with what you're looking for.
Jan 31, 2007 @ 08:56 pm


There is Vogue (the book, not the magazine lol) and Bobbi Brown. Both show great basic 'how to's' and such. But really I think the best ways to find out how to put on makeup differently is through magazines that feature the season's newest looks and even looking online at the different make up home pages (Like Giorgio Armani and even if you go to the different brands search on Sephora, some will give how-tos and even videos.
Feb 02, 2007 @ 12:28 am
ginkyo girl

Hands on learning

I'm not very good with learning something like putting on makeup from a book. I would suggest you play with your makeup some Saturday afternoon, clean you face and just try diffent things, see how it looks. I do the "half face" thing alot when I'm trying new make up ideas, that way I can see how my experiment changes my face.. Also, of course go hang out at Sephora. Those people are a treasure trove of knowledge!
Feb 02, 2007 @ 02:22 pm
ginkyo girl

Mac makeup

Oh yeah, my experiece with the MAC make up artists is fun, but not very useful. They make me way too up! I have great nighttime eyes, tons of makeup on and very little practical knowledge.
Feb 02, 2007 @ 02:24 pm

Toni & Guy

I received an email today from Toni & Guy about their new makeup book. It's called, "Paint By Numbers", and by the look of the cover I think that's exactly how they teach you their methods!

Here's the info/purchasing link: http://www.toniguy.com/home/purchase/paint_by_numbers.htm
Feb 13, 2007 @ 12:50 am

Bobbi Brown

All Makeup artists swear by all Bobbi Brown books. I personally use Bobbi Brown classic books which you can find at any chapters or indigo stores. They are relatively priced for about 45.00 or so. Great for classic tips on how to put makeup to make u look very natural. The book teaches you how to apply makeup in many different techniques really depends whats ur style. Other that a great book. A lot of people rave about her books. And her makeup products which are sold at all holt renefrew stores.
Apr 27, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

Beauty: The New Basics

I recetnly bought Beauty: The New Basics by Rona Berg and am really enjoying it. It goes in depth on alot of basic beauty things and, while not the newest book on the market, it is a good all-round book on beauty principles and practices. I'm really enjoying it.

Also - it was only around $26 CDN so a steal, as far as I'm concerned and I think it is even cheaper through Indigo online.
Nov 08, 2007 @ 11:41 am
make-up junkie

Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown

When I was starting out as a makeup artist I studied Bobbi Brown's older makeup books for more classic and natural looks (forgot the name) and I used Kevyn Aucoin's book for more dramatic looks. I also have a makeup book dedicated to Asian women (forgot the name as well!). But I got all from Chapters so they should be easy to find. If you feel like you're not learning from MAC artists' try inquiring about their workshops. I believe it's $100 but you get some of it back to purchase products. Also, to get your makeup done at MAC it's $45 worth of products you have to buy and at the store I think it's a little more (used to work there :). But by combining books, magazines, and hands-on practicing will make you a makeup expert in no time ;)
Nov 13, 2007 @ 09:06 pm

Kevyn Aucoin and blogs.

Although his books are a bit old, they're classic. I believe they're called "Making Faces" and "Face Forward". They're great books. For an inexpensive and informal approach, there are endless blogs / you tubbers make up gurus out there. Although all of them may not be your style/ what you are looking for, you're bound to find something you're interested. And yep, hands on practice will definitely make you into a guru!
May 22, 2009 @ 11:37 am

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