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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Spi edition (Aug. 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554074770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554074778
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spencer covers all the basics and much more. (Jason Ashley Wright Tulsa World 2009-11-01)

Sharing the secrets of her career as a makeup artist, author Kit Spencer provides easy to follow advice on how to create a look that is right for you.... Colour photographs that show before and after views make it easy to follow along with her instructions. With its spiral ring design the book will lay open at any page you choose, making it that much easier to refer to her techniques as they are shown. Spencer even includes special sections on applying makeup to someone else, skin care for men and costume makeup. (Terry Peters North Shore News 2010-05-28)

Would make great [a] stocking stuffer for the fashionista on your list.... Leigh Toselli offers us common nonlicensed folks secrets of the professionals, among many other things. (Jason Ashley Wright Tulsa World 2010-11-10)

About the Author

Kit Spencer is a makeup artist and hairstylist who works in television, movies and music videos, creating special effects for a range of clients. She is the author of two other books on hairstyles and makeup.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mahira on May 30 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
Ne perdez pas votre argent avec ce livre.
C'est le résultat d'un débutant... désolé

Don't spend your money on this book,it's doesn't worth it !
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great tips but iffy makeup application Sept. 18 2009
By The Mariners Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I was waiting for this book to come out and while I'm not let down I'm not entirely pleased either. What I really love about this book is that its quite helpful for those looking to become makeup artists, all the tips are geared towards putting makeup on a variety of people including yourself. The book presentation is perfect, instead of being a paperback book which you might have to hold open if you want to follow along, it is a hardback spiral book that is easy to keep open. The pages are durable and easy to turn. Not that this is important but it was a nice touch. The author also used real people, not perfectly airbrushed young pro models, this made it more realistic to the reader.

The book begins with tools and tips to aid you narrow down what it is you need in a makeup kit. The breakdown of tools needed was quick and to the point It still gave you all the information to allow you to get what you need not what they tell you to get. Next it goes into foundation and picking the correct shade and type for your skin, also a quick how to on skin care tips.

The author really broke down the different facial shapes and how to apply blush the right way as well as how to contour the face. She also had tips of applying eyeshadow to all different eyeshapes to flatter them in the best way possible. Lips was quite basic, there wasn't too much information on it besides using lipliner and differences between day and night time lip looks.

Now for the disappointing part of the book, skin color and tone. When it came to lighter skin tones, she had about 5 different types like ivory, fair, golden and caramel. What is interesting is that they were all very similar in color then suddenly it jumps to dark and there is nothing in between. A person who is the color Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Liya Kebede, or around that area was completely left out of the book. This was saddening, it was as if that tone doesn't exist and dark simply implies anyone with a deep skin tone. She does mention that dark includes a wide range of shades but I guess she felt she didn't need to show them.

Her makeup applications were at times poorly executed, the blush applied on almost every person looked spotty. The section on false eyelashes was a joke, a model had on a full set of lashes and they were crooked and not completely attached. And honestly some of the eyeshadow applications were of poor execution as well.

Overall the book is good in terms of giving information for those who want to become makeup artists and to those who just want to learn to apply makeup better.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Waste ! Rubbish! July 25 2010
By Cmaquillage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I looked through it in the book store after I saw the pictures I put it back down. There are much better makeup books on the market with the same information and better photos. It just looked very amateur. I was not impressed with the makeup work, it looked very sloppy. the organization was I think the only good thing about it. Save your money people.

edit to add: How did this person write three books with such poorly applied makeup?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great for Teenage Girls! Jan. 12 2012
By J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my daughter and her 2 friends as gifts. The book was really useful to them as they were just beginning to use makeup. The book was very easy to follow and had examples and techniques for many occasions/levels of makeup application. I loved it because it showed each of the girls how to apply the makeup where they looked beautiful and didn't appear overloaded with product. When I compliment my daughter on her makeup now, most of the time she says she found out how to do it from the book. I've now read it and it has taught me more about application techniques, face types, occasion makeup, brush descriptions, etc. There's a lot of great information for beginners and those using makeup for years. Really smart purchase. Will seriously consider the same book for my younger daughter's friends as gifts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for A Budding MUA March 1 2010
By Leslieann A. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a great manual that teaches all there is to know about makeup application. It gives details about what types of makeup work with different skin types and facial structure. It covers all the basics and has great pictures to demonstrate. THe pro tips are helpful as well. The models in the book are real life women photographed in high defination light with no retouching. It does highlight professional makeup application for fashion, film and theatre but the examples could be a little better. Overall, a great book to have.
Not Professional advice! May 12 2012
By Lina27 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book was a huge disappointment! It was written by a professional, but the looks/photos and techniques were basic or too garish or looked blotchy with uneven skin tones on all models. The sections and format had strange placement and unrelated photos to the subject. Kinda disjointed sections. Also, the eyelining section was so bad, uneven liner application, etc.. So unskilled and looks amaturist, like teenage girls playing with make up for the first time! It seemed she was too timid to actually get make up on these women faces. The 'special' make up looks were ...just bad and sad looking! Anyway, don't buy this at the full retail price, it's just not worth it! I'm actually donated this book to Goodwill, it will go to a good cause....my loss, but your gain/money if you pass on this book!