At first I thought this book looked a little out dated, but then I changed my mind! It’s well set out and easy to follow, written in plain English with odd words and statements explained, and full of useful information and imitatable looks.
This book starts off where all good beauty books start…skin care! The basics are introduced and explained, from drinking plenty of water to using sun screen, and then onto serums and exfoliators. There’s a section which explains the main causes of certain skin problems and what type of skin you may have.
Then it heads to How We Age, Age Prevention and a generalisation of what to expect as you age. Make-up tools are explained along with techniques and tips on using your tools and why it’s important to keep your brushes and other tools clean.
Items such as Foundation, Concealer and Eyeshadows are each given their own sections where once again techniques and tips are given including a 7 stage process to the perfect base.
Once the tools have been covered, each area of the face then has a section dedicated to it. The Eyes section has 10 worded pages alone (that’s not including the pages with photos!)!
The back of the book has the Looks section where you are shown some different types of looks including Basic, Smokey Eye, Mature and Shimmer Eyes. Each look is either timeless or easily adaptable to current trends. They are easy to understand and copy so it’s a nice little section.
I finished my last face mask weeks ago and have been craving a new one, so I thought I’d try one that I haven’t used before. I went into LUSH and Greg treated me to a few things. One of them was their Mask of Magnamity.
The tub says it’s “deep cleansing, toning and exfoliating” and thats exactly what I look for in a face mask! Basically, you leave it on until it hardens, then wash it off with circular motions. The mask itself is green and smells minty (like mint choc ice cream! yum!) and has small bits in it (again, like mint choc ice cream!) which I think is the Oenothera Biennis (evening pirmrose) seed.
I’ve used it a couple of times now and my skin feels sooo smooth afterwards. The bits started to fall off the second time as I left it on for quite a while, haha, but thats not really a giant problem. My skin is definately looking better than it has for the last few weeks, not as blotchy or spotty.
I’ve never really bought masks that go hard, and it’s quite a strange feeling, but at least I’ll never forget I’ve got it on and head out to the shops, hahaha
On the cover page there’s a tag-line saying “Beauty bible of professional techniques and wearable looks”. I would have to say that, in my opinion, if this isn’t THE make-up bible then it certainly comes close!
Jemma starts off with a section telling the reader about herself, her make-up career history and why she wanted to write a book which could help people become their most beautiful. Good stuff. Then it gets better!
The book starts with the basics on skin types and skin care, then onto skin tone and colour charts, into looking “10 years younger”, the make-up kit and then kit maintenance. Jemma doesn’t skip a beat as she moves you into the “Masterclass” and shows you how to create different look for many occasions.
One thing I love about this book is that there is an entire section dedicated to each type of application and stage of make-up, which means that you can concentrate on each aspect of make-up individually, as you need to, without getting distracted by other tips for seperate problems. For example, there is a 23 page section solely dedicated to the eyes!
A great book for learning from and for using as a reference when creating your own looks. I would definately recommend it to anyone who loves experimenting with different types of make-up and to anyone that wants to learn those extra little tips in make-up application.