I had first heard about this book from the Makeup Geek 2013 holiday giveaways. This peeked my interest not only because Marlena recommended it, but also because I had never heard about a makeup manual. I love books. (who doesn’t?) This book offers professional advice and details that I cannot find on youtube .
There are no listed sources for this manual. This means that these tips and advice are from Brown’s experience as a makeup artist and the “history of makeup” section is based on common facts. Of course, the average person most likely do not know the dates of celebrity lives or the year a makeup brand was founded. But, the book does provide a good timeline for the development of makeup over the years and also encyclopedia-like blurbs about famous people who have made makeup history.
history of makeup: The history of makeup is divided into important years of makeup discoveries and inventions from 500,000BCE up to the 21st century and a list of important people who have made history in the makeup industry from Max Factor, Coco Chanel to contemporary artists like Charlie Green and Diane Kendal.
The illustrations in this manual are professional and colourful. They were meant to inspire those reading it to be creative and think outside the box. I think the images are beautiful and really shows the texture and details of each product, however, a lot of make up was wasted for the illustrations of this manual.
comprehensiveness: This manual is very comprehensive for the amateur makeup artist, however, I’m not 100% in agreement with Brown about this manual being for beginners. I’ve noticed in her step-by-step instructions that she leaves out the step about primers. She talks about starting off with a clean, fresh face and moisturizer and eye cream. But, most beginners already know this, but they don’t know about primer. Other than that step, which is essential to makeup artists, I find the tutorials for this manual to be very insightful and easy to follow. One of my favourite things to look at this manual for is its trouble-shooting tips. The trouble-shooting tips are definitely worth the money going into this makeup manual. From cakey foundations to eyeshadow fall-outs and tips for makeup application on different skin types, ages and looks for photography and weddings.
Favourite section: Aside from the history section, my favourite part of the book is Brown’s idea/guide for starting a makeup artist kit. I am actually using that as a guide as I start building my portfolio.
weaknesses: Probably the only major problem I have with this manual is the section on different types of brushes. There are so many outdated brush cuts like the eyeshadow brush that is now made tapered. For someone like me who is not completely familiar with brushes, this was very confusing because these brushes do not look like the ones I see online and in stores. So, figuring out what each brush was for make it seem more challenging and scary. It took a while for me to realize that these brushes were more “traditional” in design.
could include: tips on finding the right foundation(understanding undertones), face sculpting (because having the perfect base/ canvas to work on sets the tone for all makeup looks), common mistakes not to make (forming good habits from the start).
verdict: I would give this makeup manual a 3.75/5.
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