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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576870995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576870990
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 4.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 6aad0801 on 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 By K. Virdee on 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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By A Customer on Feb. 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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