Sunday, February 1, 2009

Review: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Description: This is the book that Bobbi Brown's fans have been waiting for: her 25-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup--from how to find the right color and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (Brows, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, and Eye Lashes) no matter your eye color and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick, etc. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on "Hands and Feet" and "Body Skin Care." Each chapter has thorough step-by-step basic directions for makeup application and easy-to-follow photographs and line drawings, along with Bobbi's expert, yet assuring, advice. Plus, there's a groundbreaking section of the book that will be of special interest to women who've wanted to know how makeup stylists do what they do: the top beauty secrets only these artists know, essential equipment to keep on hand, how to break into the business, and how to work with photographers and celebrities.

Breathtaking photos of the finished faces-from everyday looks to exotic runway style-along with advice on putting it all together for every woman, make this a book like no other.

BOBBI BROWN'S MAKEUP MANUAL will be the only book any woman will need to look absolutely fabulous.

This was a fun Makeup Manual to look through and get ideas for makeup applications. I especially liked the step-by-step directions complete with photographs to follow along. I learned a few things about eye concealer as I have under-eye darkness and learned that choosing the right corrector color is based upon tone.

I liked that Bobbi Brown focused on how lifestyle and nutrition are vital components to beautiful skin. There are many suggestions that are practical and useful reminders that what we eat and drink does effect our skin.

There is a recommended Ten-Step guide to perfect makeup that should only take five to ten minutes. I haven't tried it as I don't put on full makeup daily. This does seem like a simple routine if you are looking for a quick and effective makeup routine.
The Makeup Manual also gives suggestions for diversity in skin types as well as for bridal makeup, special occasion makeup, teen makeup, makeup during pregnancy and even for "bad-day" beauty ideas. There is a whole section of the book geared toward professional makeup artists which would be an asset for someone in that business.
One thing that I haven't found in this book or the other book that I read recently on Makeup were any references to Mineral Makeup. This is becoming more popular as a natural style of makeup as well as a greener, less toxic product. I would have liked to hear Bobbi Brown's opinion on mineral makeup.
A Special Thanks to Hachette Books.


  1. I wear Bare Minerals every day and absolutely love it!! I would like it if Bobbi Brown came over and did my eyes for me!!!


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