Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/4/19
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From François Nars, one of the most respected and imitated cosmetics designers in fashion today, comes a totally new, revolutionary instruction manual on makeup for today’s woman. Established in 1994 by renowned cosmetics designer François Nars, NARS Cosmetics is one of the most recognizable and coveted cosmetics and skin-care brands, with a huge international following. Nars’s visionary approach to makeup and innovation within the industry has forever changed the face of beauty. Here Nars combines his expertise in makeup and photography to create a makeover manual that transforms the application of makeup into the ultimate form of self-expression. The book celebrates Nars’s unrivaled vision as a makeup artist, providing visual and textual narratives of his cosmetic process, inspiring readers to re-create his lessons on their own, and featuring examples of the newest, freshest looks and color palettes popular today. Employing Nars’s own before and after makeover photographs of a variety of models of all different ages, races, and skin tones—and combining these images with the designer’s instructional sketches on transparent overlays—this volume is the definitive do-it-yourself guide for anyone interested in the transformative power of cosmetics.
François Nars was born in the South of France and attended the Carita Makeup School in Paris. He moved to New York in 1984 and debuted his first line of lipsticks a decade later at Barneys New York. Nars is the current president and creative director of NARS Cosmetics.
In the beginning of the book, there are just quick little tips on eyes, face, and skin which I found to be really helpful. And it isn't just those typical basics, I mean for example: beginning with a light color on the lid, blending is key, eyeliner pencil can be used for more than just lining, explaining the density of brushes and which textures of products work best with them. Of course he elaborates, but just briefly enough to give you information. I appreciated that. Now on to the fun part, the makeup! Just like before, both pages are a before and after with a little clear sheet to go on top of the after page. What is written on this clear sheet, is the placement and name of the product used. Very simple and easy to follow.
The one thing that separated this book from his last, was the use of a wider variety of models. More african, middle eastern, latino, and asian women were included. I truly appreciated this because, all skin color should be celebrated and Nars realizes that. In addition to adding more skin color diversity, the entire polish section is dedicated to older women. Basically I love the book, I am a NARS fanatic and I'm pleased to see a whole new set of looks I can create using the makeup! The book is definitely worth more than what amazon is charging which makes it a great deal :)
I purchased this book when I noticed that all my make-up shades other than naturals/nudes are left intact or used very little as I am not very sure how to make it colorful yet wearable. I used to cut out some pictures from magazines with faces of beautifully/colorfully applied make-up, but then I decided to buy this book.
I have to say that I am completely satisfied with my purchase. There are so many and versatile looks there with different ethnicities and ages (there are even looks for males). I actually tried out couple of looks wich are absolutely not of my ethnicity and skin tone, and this really helped me to make some updates in my make-up routine.
The negative aspect which I noticed is, not all the pages lack numbering. In the meantime, the author in the descriptions reference to some look from mentioning the name of the model and page where the look can be found. However, the pages with the pictures does not have numbers. Also I do not recomend to start with this book for those who are just starting to use make-up and need some basic guidance.
Naturally, the reader will want to get to the meat of the book to oh and awe at the plastic overlays between each pair of images. However, it would behoove the reader to start with "how the book works" so not to become disappointed with the book. In addition, the title of the book is delicious. When the words "express yourself" come about, the song "Express Yourself" by American hip-hop group N.W.A impregnates the mind. Both perfect titles because both mediums center on the idea of free expression and revile censorship.
Nars gives short concise tips on tools, skin, eyes, cheeks, and lips that he uses to create looks. Consider them basics, not the ones you may be used to hearing, but basic nonetheless. Then, the main event that everyone has been waiting for. Each subject with a before and after photo, taken in exactly the same light, angle, and size with a transparent plastic overlay between each pair of images that has a template of the cosmetics used, exactly as positioned on the subject. If that does not satisfy you, at the end of each section there are detailed instructions with each brush used, just like a YouTube video.
On each plastic overlay, Nars tells you not only which product he used but also what type of color he used. Therefore, even if you do not have the specific Nars product, you can still find something in your existing makeup collection to compensate for the look. This way, you do not have to be familiar with Nars' makeup line in order to adore the look, though it helps and aids with the experience.
Some things missing for this reviewer were less African models with typical looks. Many -with the exception of one- were very safe. This reviewer would love to see the looks and colors that Nars applied on other subjects on the darker skinned subjects. In addition, telling readers why he uses certain colors and brushes, like the yachiyo, for blush would be nice. A beginner may not know that yachiyo brushes are for very pigmented blushes and should be in every African woman's makeup brush arsenal. Notice that Mr. Nars used yachiyo brushes in support of African woman for blush.
However, between the amazing photos, the advice, and the details this is a great book -very impressed. This is not only for Nars-holics, but also for makeup enthusiasts, and makeup newbies starting on their makeup journey. Mr. Nars comes off as humble and seems genuine in his desire to teach women and makeup artists his craft, and this reviewer is more than happy to learn.