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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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Book Description

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nars Guide March 23 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST MAKEUP BOOKS Feb. 26 2002
By A Customer
This book is one of the greatest makeup book I've ever bought. If you are looking for a skin-care book, than this book is not for you. I'd recommend Bobbi Brown Beauty for that matter. But Makeup Your Mind goes straight to the point with its "focused" pictures (no drawings, thanks god!). No enhanced before-and-after pictures. In this book, you will find a completey barenaked face on the right page, and the made-up face on the left. The best part of this book is the fact that each "made-up" face has a transparent plastic cover sheet on top each. It shows you exactly where the makeup has been applied and in what shape. It gives you the name of the colors used: the exact name from the author's cosmetic line AND a general name that you can use if you are buying from other lines (great!). Another great point that I like about the author is his open-mindedness about makeup. You will find examples of natural makeup as well as excentric ones. There is one thing that I would change about this book as an African-American women, is the lack of representation of... us! On 63 examples, only 3 are examples of Black women. Moreover, they are represented in only 2 of the 5 sections: In Shimmers and Colors. Not even in the Lips' section!!! I will still buy his next book which is suppose to feature "non-professional" models hoping that he will be more "globally" representing the women of this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The NARS Technique Has Changed My Whole Outlook!! Jan. 26 2002
By A Customer
I can't imagine what I was doing before getting my hands on this book...the Nars technique has cut about 20 minutes off my makeup time in the morning; not because he takes a simplified approach, but because he discounts all those old adages, like "Wear this color if your eyes are blue", or "Don't arch your eyebrows if your face is round", etc. Nars seems to have 3 main ideas for choosing and applying makeup:wear what YOU want to wear,use your intuition about what looks right for you,and don't take the process too seriously. And to my particular delight, his advice for eyebrows is to stick to your natural shape and don't make them up too much (I describe myself as being in "eyebrow rehab" now that I've studied the less-is-more approach that Nars takes with eyebrows). The book is beautifully put together, although I'm not a big fan of the spiral binding. There's a transparent cover sheet over each photograph, showing the Nars Cosmetics colors & products that were used on the models, the area of the face on which it was applied, & the shape of the shading (so the reader can achieve the exact same effect). Some of the looks are outrageous or exotic, but most of them are absolutely lovely and highly realistic for the average woman. I keep the book propped up & open to my favorite page in the bathroom, so I can glance at it while I do my own makeup. I can't recommend this book enough!! I finally feel satified that I've found the best makeup style for myself, thanks to Nars. Go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, inspiring, and experimental... Jan. 26 2002
François Nars, one of the most imitated makeup artists in recent history, melds his love for makeup and photography in a highly unique and innovative way, by using before and after picture with instructional acetate overlays to show exactly what he has done.
Beginning with the beautiful Elenora Bose on the cover (and bare faced on the back cover), François Nars photographs some of the world's most striking faces in "bare canvas" form, and then transforms them before your eyes with a minimal hand, with a wild streak, and many areas in-between.
Models include Naomi Campbell, Sophie Dahl, Karen Elson, Erin O'Connor, Caroline Ribiero, Devon Aoki, Eva Herzigova, Elsa Benitez, Maggie Rizer, Ninja Sarasalo, Amy Wesson and man, many more. Also, surprisingly, are two men (Csaba Egri and James Rousseau) demonstrating a rich smoky eye and the startling effect of a few well placed false eyelashes.
Chapters include Eyes, Lips, Neutrals, Shimmer, Monochrome and Suntan, Pastels and Color. There are also some important and informative sections on Skin Care, Pre-Prep tips and a fabulous "10 Basic DO NOT Makeup Mistakes."
Designed by the equally imitated Fabien Baron, Makeup Your Mind is disguised as a coffee table book (and is being used as one by me!), but is meant to be more of a functional workbook. The Slipcase that it comes in, while beautiful, is somewhat delicate and needs to be taken care of to last well. The spiral bound format is also a little precarious, so extra caution on that front too.
Fransçois Nars Makeup Your Mind is everything a makeup book should be: beautiful, inspiring, experimental, and informative. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Makeup Book to Appreciate
I ordered this book recently while waiting for the Make Up Your Mind - Express Yourself book that is due to be released in April. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2011 by 6aad0801
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy!
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! Read more
Published on July 16 2009 by Shoegal
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips but not far enough in photo examples
It was a good read on the essays and tips on different parts of the face - skin, eyes, and lips etc... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Thomas J. Wu
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
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