Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual £20 - Link
A little belated Christmas present but better late than never, the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. The past month I have found myself becoming fixated with beauty related books and who can resist a book from the Queen of beauty herself. With over 25 years of makeup artist experience I thought this would make a really great book to read, and hopefully learn a few new tricks at the same time.
The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual is packed with all the tricks of the trade including teaching you how to apply your makeup in ten minutes or less whilst offering a unique guide for aspiring makeup artists including how to break into the business, creating a portfolio and how to work with other industry professionals.
This for me is one of those books that once you start you can't put it down, and from the get go I have found myself studying the pages religiously learning about how to apply makeup to finding the perfect shades suited to my skintone. I know this day in age it's pretty easy to do a quick Google search for these tips online, but for me personally there is something about not only reading about it in book form but learning these tips from someone as well respected in the industry as Bobbi Brown makes me think I'm onto a winner as a holy grail beauty book.
I like how this book is separated into beauty advice and tips to then a guide for aspiring makeup artists, which you may think well I'm not bothered about becoming a makeup artist - don't write it off, the second half of the book proved to be a pretty good read. Not only does this book focus on makeup but subjects are separated by chapters, including skincare and which food and drink you should avoid or indulge to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. The book is teamed with glossy photos spreading from page to page, without the feeling that they have just been placed as filler. When flicking through the book I found a lot of the editorial pictures to be quite inspiring because you will find yourself wanting to be more creative with your look.
Some of my favourite sections of the book had to include the first chapter on equipment, which you will notice Bobbi showcases her range of brushes - however this section contains some really great tips on shopping for brushes, which bristles work best for which job, and the tools you need in your stash - on a side note she does refer to applying makeup with fingers so don't think it's a full blown advertisement. I really enjoyed reading the ten step guide to perfect makeup, what I like about this is how it contains a handful of steps which help achieve a polished look that is perfect for everyday wear.
Overall this makes the perfect book for any makeup newbie to professional, including basic knowledge to more specific artistry. Whilst watching a video for tutorials can be quite informative I think with the aid of step by step pictures this could be a welcome addition to any dressing table, for those wanting to learn new makeup skills.
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