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Make Up Your Mind [Hardcover]

Francois Nars
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Sept. 1 2001
Makeup Your Mind deftly combines cult favorite cosmetics designer François Nars’ two remarkable talents—makeup and photography, both of which he uses in this collection to stunning effect—to show women how to enhance their natural beauty. Designed by renowned graphic artist Fabien Baron to be the ultimate makeup how-to book, Makeup Your Mind is a comprehensive compilation of Before and After photographs, each containing instructional acetate overlays, covering almost every face type, complexion, eye color, and facial feature found on the runway today. Makeup Your Mind is also a revolutionary instruction manual on makeup from one of the most respected and imitated cosmetics artists in fashion today: a makeup book designed and constructed as a durable paperback companion suitable for the vanity or for the car, sliding in and out of its attractive hardcover binder as needed, containing precise instructional guides on clear plastic overlays indicating exactly what goes where, allowing you to see the finished effect for perfect results.

Summarizing each chapter on "Eyes", "Lips", "Neutrals", "Shimmer", "Monochrome and Suntan", "Pastels", Color, and "Skincare" are François Nars’ trademarked guidelines on the technique of applying makeup for that dazzling NARS look.

Showcasing the famous NARS look are today’s top models, including Karen Elson, Maggie Rizer, Naomi Campbell, Devon Aoki, Trish Goff, Erin O’Connor, Sophie Dahl, May Anderson, Ling, Aurelie, Missy Rayder, Elsa, Caroline Ribero, Eva Herzagova, and many others.

Makeup Your Mind features these women and more in sixty-three stunning Before and After pictures. All of the models were shot sans makeup for the Before pictures, displaying their bare-naked faces replete with imperfections and idiosyncrasies. Their transformations in the After pictures span from natural and elegant to fun and outrageous. In superb four-color photographs and brilliant acetate instructional guides, Makeup Your Mind demonstrates how makeup can minimize flaws and maximize beauty potential for every woman.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed June 10 2002
By dashPA
Format:Hardcover
First of all, the introduction rubbed me the wrong way and I found it full of contradictions and a way to knock other makeup artists. He mentioned that makeup articles in "these books" are blatently unrealistic because of the retouching, yet I didn't see one blood vessle in the eyes in any of the pictures in this book. He also says you should "notice the woman, not her makeup", but isn't that hard to do when you look at a face with acid green, orange and gold eyeshadow topped off with bushy eyebrows? All of the models seem to be in the same age range and are obviously professional models. How does this benefit the reader who really needs and wants advise? Why didn't he pick people off the street to really get his point across? The pictures are large and self explanitory, but he was better off choosing a wide variety of women based on age, race etc. so everyone benefits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Makeup Book to Appreciate Feb. 23 2011
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book recently while waiting for the Make Up Your Mind - Express Yourself book that is due to be released in April. The negative comments/reviews become quite funny in a "how could they not get it" and a "they obviously didn't read the book" sorta way. In the text Nars quietly explains the intention and the need for a book like this. First it's just make up: no clothes, no distracting hair that is often used to emphasize this dramatic makeover quality. He explains that he did not want to have tiny bad-lit images before images to be contrasted with the 'smiling' after, but instead made the befores identically lit and positioned so that the reader could learn and compare all aspects of the left image to the right. In this way he shares how he learnt makeup: by really looking at images. He comments that the women before are as beautiful as they are after and that the makeup is used to draw attention to existing beauty as they should be used on all women. His philosophy is that makeup artistry should not be about masking the person with makeup but rather having fun drawing attention to a women's (or man's) beauty. Also, François Nars writes, in the book, that his techniques are easy to replicate and that is the point. Beautiful makeup application shouldn't be complicated; which he also writes in the book.
So, the reviews that criticize these points truly didn't get it or even try/read a single word.

Excellent book - thank you!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nars Guide March 23 2010
Format:Hardcover
This makeup book is good. It is a great way to see before and after shots, and to see how each look is achieved. You should be warned that only Nars makeup products are used. It does not mean that each look cannot be recreated with other makeup, but that it is the only brand talked about and used seeing as it was written by the brand's creator. My biggest negative issue with the book was the format in which it is bound. It is a heavy book (with the cover), and the spiral format makes the thin pages susceptible to tearing. You must handle with care if you get this. Other than having to handle it very carefully, very useful for makeup artists and enthusiasts alike.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money Jan. 15 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book since it was said to use models of all colorings. I am asian and find it to be pretty useless; the total number of models was small, so even though the models did have differing colorings, they a) can't cover too many looks anyway b)are mostly caucasians c)are mostly pale and freckled and blondeish.

But in addition to being useless, it is hard to read with tiny light prints on white pages, and most of all, the photos are visually...ugly. Every picture looks like an autopsy photo. I'm not kidding. They look like they are lying motionless on a metal gurney. Maybe it's how giant the faces were and how devoid of any human context, maybe it's that the models have the usual snobbish unexpressiveness that models are supposed to convey, but the pictures are horrifyingly distrubing. With very few exceptions, they mostly look (marginally) better before the makeup, and in any case awake in me only fear and repulsion.
I purchased the book expecting a pleasant and mindless piece of eyecandy, since I really like Nars makeup. Instead I am thrusted into a philosophical vision that seems to expose or symbolize the ridiculous horror show that is our quest for beauty. Maybe I should, instead of giving it a low rating, five stars instead, because it is more profound than I ever imagined.
But Goddammit, I just want to learn how to look better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy! July 16 2009
By Shoegal
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great idea for a makeup book, pages after pages of closeup shots of models with different looks. The best part is it shows you very simply how to get the look, I love it! I wish every makeup book was like this one. Some looks are not my taste but most are very wearable.
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Format:Hardcover
It was a good read on the essays and tips on different parts of the face - skin, eyes, and lips etc... However, I didn't seem to walk away with anything new as far as how to correct problem area or acne blemishes and contouring. Robert Jone's book Beauty Made Simple seems like a better choice for that matter. However, Mr. Nars has some good insight on makeup and that alone may worth the price of the book. As a photographer and want-to-be makeup artist, I want to learn all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you have too much $$$ to spend
Simply a collection of photo shoots with runway models & NARS makeup. Should be sold only at NARS counters.
Published on April 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars love at first sight!!
i got my "makeup your mind today". it was absolutely stunning! i love it. (although the models look kinda scary...) still everybody should get it!!
Published on Nov. 22 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars great before and after
If you are looking for a book that shows you how to do makeup to go to work at your office, this probably isn't the book for you. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite diverse enough, still creative
The book definitely has great looks and ideas. As an African American though, only 2 faces look similar to mine. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by EJB
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I thought this book is a really great way to see NARS products on actual faces. I must say after I purchased it, I really got into the NARS makeup line. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by Rosalie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Creative Makeup Book!
This is a great makeup book! The pictures are wonderful. You get to see a before and after shot of each model, plus you get a clear plastic "diagram" that covers the after picture... Read more
Published on March 4 2003 by Jennifer Ortiz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me
I really looked forward to seeing this book after hearing about it. It seemed like the format, with before and after pictures and plastic overlays, would be terrific for showing... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Ideas With Great Layout!
I work as a makeup artist and I love the creative makeup applications throughout this book. I also love the way the book is set up. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002 by Jennifer E. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars This book should be free
I had bought this book at Sephora and paid... retail value... thinking this book was going to show me how to apply makeup. Instead what I got was a commercial for NARS makeup. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Margred Lirovich
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