Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How to Achieve Their Signature Styles

Title: The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How To Achieve Their Signature Styles
Author: Erika Stalder
Amount of Pages: 127
Publisher: Zest Books
Release Date: May 18, 2011
Geared Towards: Makeup-Wearing Readers/Teens
From: Publisher (Review Copy)
Extra Info: Also has contributions by two hair/makeup artists
Extra Info 2: This a non-fiction make-up guide esque book

Summary (From B.O.B): Clara Bow's bee-stung lips. Audrey Hepburn's winged eyes.Veronica Lake's peek-a-boo curls. Over the last century, celebrities have been at the forefront of fashion, introducing or simply popularizing some of the most innovative hair and makeup looks of all time. Now you can find out where these looks came from-and get them for yourself. THE LOOK BOOK celebrates icons from Marilyn Monroe to Naomi Campbell to Bjork, and examines when each one ushered in a unique look, why it became so legendary, and how to recreate it. Written in conjunction with celebrity hair stylist Christopher Fulton and celebrity makeup artist Cameron Cohen, this unique collection includes professional tips on how to get the best look, as well as detailed, easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. With THE LOOK BOOK, you'll become a classic beauty expert-and have loads of fun in the process!

Wdebo's Review: Seeing as how this is a non-fiction makeup guide book, this will be a very short review.

This book combined the history of beauty icons (from around the 1920's till the present) with makeup tutorials and made it into a very interesting make-up guide. Each make up tutorial was very simply laid out and made it so that even a beginner like me had no problem following it. I enjoyed the little extra information on the side of each page.

There were interesting tidbits like how certain features that many legendary beauties popularized are still used now by stars. It lists those stars which shows us a simple way in which history can repeat itself, not only in our actions but also in our appearances. I also liked the tips that were shown in the tutorial, they ranged from different brush techniques to different ways to change the makeup style to fit your own physical appearance. (Skin color, eye shape, etc).

The biographies were all very interesting and I was happy to see some of my favorites like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Joan Jett. There are also quotes from every single women which were fun to read.

The only bad thing that I can think about this book is the fact that it costs 18.99 which feels like a pretty steep price for a paperback that weight/size/etc.

Grade: B+

Wdebo :)

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