Beauty Books Review

My thoughts on the two beauty books I own (so far)

Morning there everyone! Can you believe today is the 1st of August already? The summer has been flying by and I honestly can't believe July is over already. However August is one of my favourite months, as my birthday is on the 22nd and I've got my first beauty blogger event lined up for the 23rd (#bblogger Summer Event 2014 meeting up in Hyde Park). Are any of you attending? It would be amazing to see some of you there!

Now onto todays post… I ordered these two beauty books at the beginning of July from amazon so now that I've had a good read of them, I thought I would share with you all.

This book is LOVE for me. When I was browsing through beauty books on amazon, I realised I hadn’t come across Rae Morris before and I was intrigued (the great reviews also helped). I decided to buy this over other books I had in mind, as I wanted to discover more about Rae Morris and I was super impressed with the sneak previews that I could see of its contents. I am so glad I bought it because it’s truly an excellent makeup up book, as it's fabulously detailed, put together so well with great style of writing and amazing photography.  It’s a few years old but fear not, all the information and makeup looks presented are timeless.
The book starts off with the very basic, which I still love to read even if I’ve done it all during my makeup course (there’s nothing better than refreshing your memory). But apart from that Rae also shares tips of the trade and her secrets so it’s nice to get an insight into her techniques (I’ve actually learned quite a few new things I hadn’t come across anywhere else before). The contouring and highlighting chapter is amazing and offers so much detail if you’re a beginner. My favourite chapter would have to be the over 40’s makeup (no I’m looking forward to my 40’s) because this one of the most difficult looks you will come across in my opinion. Rae offers so much advice in this chapter and creates inspiring looks for that age bracket. Another great thing about Rae is her honest, no nonsense approach, as she doesn’t try to sell any particular brand and what you see is what you get following her advice since the pictures are not retouched. To sum it up this book really is what is claims to be “an ultimate guide” (so do judge a book by its cover in this instance) and a bible for any inspiring makeup artist or makeup lover out there.

Makeup: The Ultimate Guide, Rae Morris

Makeup is Art by Jana Waru Ririnui & Dr. Lan Nguyen
Just look at this book isn’t it beautiful and that’s just the cover! The entire book is full of beautiful, inspiring images, which in my opinion is definitely targeted towards aspiring makeup artists. However if you’re a makeup enthusiast and have some monies to spare then it’s still a great book to own and show off to anyone popping by for a visit (it makes for a great coffee table book). Although it has an introduction to makeup and covers a wide range of topics, it doesn’t really provide step by step guides so I wouldn’t recommended it if you are looking for tutorials. Aside from the typical Face, Eyes and Lips sections, there’s so many topics here that haven’t been covered in other books I’ve looked through such as working with men, usage of diamant├ęs, body art, conceptual makeup, the list goes on & on. My favourite chapter would have to be the one on period makeup from iconic eras. I just love browsing through these and absorbing in the looks created. To be honest the reason I bought this book was for the photography provided, as I knew it would be something I could always grab inspiration from so it is exactly what I was looking for. Some reviewers on amazon had been left disappointed by the lack of guidance and tutorials in this book but I knew what to expect so I am 100% happy to have purchased it. Please take note that this book is more for the aspiring makeup artist rather than the girl at home wanting to learn more about everyday makeup.

Makeup is Art, Jana Waru Ririnui & Dr. Lan Nguyen

Do any of you own these books? Or do you have any other recommendations? Would love to hear your recommendations… x

12 comments:

  1. I've never seen a post on beauty books before - what a great idea! Love it!

    thebeautyinformer.com

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  2. Thank you so much! I've actually seen a few posts out there, but definitely not that many! x

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    1. Thanks :D they really are great books! Totally recommend them xx

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  4. I'd like to read the second book, the cover artwork looks amazing!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. The rest of the photography in the book is just as beautiful as the artwork! I definitely recommend it :D x

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  5. Hello I've nominated you for the Liebster award! Take a look here http://clutterandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/liebster-award.html

    Emma Louise | Clutter and Coffee

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    1. Thank you so much this made my morning :D but I've already been nominated and have post about it a few weeks back x

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  6. I def will check these out! I love good makeup books. And the contouring highlighting section will be def useful for me! but I always find that people tend to try and make their faces narrower, but I already have like a well defined cheek bones so I need the opposite! How can I make my face look fuller?

    Lets keep in touch and follow each other on bloglovin! I always follow back!

    Love from Canada,
    Marie from www.ElleCharie.com

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    1. Ur so lucky to be blessed with naturally defined cheek bones. In my opinion you could always just bronze up your face with a lighter bronzer (rather than contouring) and definitely don't forget about the blush as that would help get a fuller effect. I'll just have a look at you blog now Marie :D! x

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  7. Great selection for your review, I have these books in my collection they're fantastic for makeup inspiration and tips. I reach for these books time and time again, another great Beauty book is 'Making Faces' by Kevin Aucoin. Lovely review.x

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    1. Thank you! Oh that sound like a good one because I know Kevin Aucoin is really well known for his makeup products & tools. I'll have to check it out, thanks for the suggestion x

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