Makeup Makeovers in 5, 10, 15, and 20 Minutes: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations Paperback – Jan 1 2012
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Robert Jones did not necessarily start out on this career path. Robert showed promise as an artist as early as age 6 and was pushed, or maybe we should say, encouraged to pursue painting and drawing. He competed and won a scholarship to study at a prestigious art school at age 11. After seven long years of intense art training he wanted more and decided to get more. From there he attended a performing arts high school where he majored in theatre. It is there he first dabbled in makeup, applying painting principles to the face. Growing with three sisters he always had the opportunity to prove he was naturally gifted at working with hair. He was also able to put that talent to use in school performances. Upon graduating, his advisors expressed their belief that he should pursue his natural gifts. From there he attended school and worked to get his license to do hair.
After a number of years in a salon, he once again wanted more. With his life motto “just jump and figure out how to make it work later,” he got the opportunity to work with new models at an agency. From there one thing lead to another and the rest is history. Now with more than 20 something years in the beauty industry he has traveled the world working with so many amazing people.
His work has appeared in countless magazines such as Allure, Vogue, Marie Claire, InStyle, Shape, Life and Style, Glamour, Brides Magazine, and Elle. He has worked with celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claire Danes, Selena Gomez, Eve Best, Sheryl Crow, Laura Linney, Natascha McElhone, Delta Burke, Diahann Carroll and many others. He has worked with beauty clients such as Mary Kay, Almay, Olay, Avon, Nexxus, Clinique, Chanel, Prescriptive and Christian Dior, as well as fashion clients such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales just to name a few.
He has a signature line of brushes and beauty tools available online at http://www.robertjonesbeauty.com and will be in stores soon. Robert also has an online makeup academy that can help anyone become the makeup expert that he or she wishes to be at http://www.robertjonesbeautyacademy.com. He is a bestselling author of five books, including Makeup Makeovers; Makeup Makeovers: Weddings; Looking Younger; Makeup Makeovers: Beauty Bible; and Makeup Makeovers in 5,10,15,20 Minutes.
Robert has lived in Europe and New York, but now has chosen to be back in Texas, with his other half Chip and fur baby Gigi, as much as possible, especially since work keeps him in the travel mode constantly.
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Concealer is probably the biggest factor in creating perfection (or as I prefer to look at it, the illusion of perfection). Your product formula is critical. This is especially true with concealer because different formulas give you different amounts of coverage and are created for different usages.
Stick concealer is probably the most common and most popular. It gives you great coverage, and the formula is usually moist enough yet dry enough to conceal just about any discoloration.
Tube concealer is usually a more moisturizing formula due to the nature of the form it comes in. Very versatile due to its texture, it can give you a lot of coverage, or you can sheer it out to give a lighter amount of coverage.
Pot concealer really gives you complete coverage. The formula can vary from creamier all the way to drier. So depending on your formula choice, you can find one for anything you might want to cover.
Wand concealer is the sheerest of all formulas. It gives you the least coverage, but blends very easily, so it is a great choice if you are wearing minimal foundation and just want to conceal minor imperfections.
Pencil concealer gives you complete, fast, easy coverage for dots, spots, and veins. Its dry texture helps it stay put all day, and because it’s a pencil, getting it right where you need it is a breeze. I could not live without this.
Highlighting pen is not a concealer in the sense of a cover-up, but I am putting it here because it is part of creating the illusion of perfection. If your skin is rough, uneven, pitted, or wrinkled, a highlighting pen can work wonders when used together with your concealer. That’s because this product contains light-reflecting particles that help bring forward recessed areas of the face. So anywhere you have any type of indention, apply it and it will visually bring forward that recessed area, creating the appearance of smooth skin.
Concealer Color Choices
Depth level and undertone matter. Let’s talk about depth level first. When choosing a concealer, for the most part, you want a shade that is the same shade as your foundation or a shade lighter. That’s the theory, anyway. I will say that I almost always choose a shade lighter because you are lightening something darker than your skin tone. Just keep in mind that the darker the discoloration, the lighter your concealer will need to be, so be open to the idea that you might need one or two shades lighter than your foundation.
Now let’s talk about undertone. Once again, let’s divide all of you into two categories. You can get a lot of mileage out of concealers with yellow undertones. Yellow is the best color choice for severe discoloration on ivory/beige skin because it works to counteract most skin imperfections, including the purple of under-eye circles, the brown of age spots, and any ruddiness or red in the complexion. The more severe the imperfection—such as a port-wine stain or extremely dark circles—the more yellow you will want in your concealer.
On bronze/ebony skin, a golden-orange concealer for lighter to medium skin tones works wonderfully. For really deep tones of ebony, a warm brown concealer usually covers best. The more intense the discoloration of the skin, the more intense the undertone of the concealer should be so that it can correct more.
If you’re using a concealer that matches your foundation exactly, you may apply it either before or after your foundation. But if you’re using one that is lighter than your foundation, it is best to apply it first.
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Nothing here is edgy (Rae Morris) or an obvious homage to vintage style (Kevyn Aucoin), and there is an odd sort of sameness to the looks since each of the photographs, although beautifully photographed for detail, are staged in almost the identical manner. I have found that of these makeup styles, the ones that flatter me most are where the model has the same eye size and shape, since that is where Robert's focus is; the blush, lipstick application stray very little from look to look, varying only in color/texture/intensity.
My only issue is the 5, 10, 15, 20 minute timeline, which does not include the application of concealer, foundation, powder, or contouring. All of these looks start the clock running with the assumption that you have already prepared your face, which may not be an issue for someone with flawless, youthful skin - at which point steps can be achievable in the time indicated with a bit of practice. To his credit, Robert does an excellent job of going through the preparation process at the beginning of his book (probably his best guide ever), but, for me at least, the prep work takes a good 5 - 10 minutes on it's own. Such are the joys of advancing age and the ravages of time.
On the other hand, I have yet to come across any makeup routine that works for me in under 15 minutes, so this may just be an completely unobtainable goal on my part. If anyone out there can write that book, I promise to pay good money for it.
Final word: if you enjoy makeup and toying around with different looks you will find this a good addition to you beauty book library, extended timeline and all.
I have 2 of his other books and couldn't imagine another one that would be better than the other 2. I don't think this one is so much better as different.My only issue with this book is I wish he would of put what brands he is using. Some of the shimmer contours are different than I have seen and would like to know what company makes these.I know other makeup artist who write books (Carmindy) always puts in her book the name of the makeup product and the company other than that this book is fun,helpful and the pictures are just beautiful. But next time I would like to see more mature women, these women are all very young.
I don't think a professional MUA would find this book exciting - hence some of the bad review- but if you are just beginning and still can't manage to get a flawless base application - this book is for you! And it's an excellent addition to your professional library! The makeovers are beautiful and easy to follow as well!
Personally - as a beginner student - I am super happy I got this book!!!
Few things you should know:
- If you do not know the rules how to apply the make up, the 5 minutes could become easily 30 minutes (at the beginning); after 3rd day I was down to 15 minutes (as long you don't change the style);
- You need good tools (5 good brushes, good foundation with matching concealer and powder); if you go to a salon / mall they can help you choose the colors correctly (kind of pricy but the colors will match and you do not have to struggle); I also invested in a good face illuminator and eye primer... I am not an expert but I do see a nice base.
- Read the book intro on colors and on applicators, and put book marks at 1-3 looks that you want to achieve... For myself I placed a mark on prepping my face (concealer, foundation, brush) and one on the look (I chose Latina look because I do not have to play with the colors for now);
I think this book is good for true beginners or for people who want to improve their skills.