Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Inspiring Ideas - Makeup & Style Books

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I love learning from the pros and getting inspiration from the beautiful images in makeup and style books, especially when having a consultation with brides. I often use these types of books for inspiration in combination with bridal magazines. They typically have high quality photos that can spark any bride’s creative imagination. Because there are so many available it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find the right book for your needs. One of the ways I narrow down the options is by determining if the artist and I have a similar design aesthetic or one that I admire. I also base my decision on whether or not the material in the book is trendy or classic. These books can be expensive so I'd rather not spend money on something that will not be useful in years to come. Another aspect to keep in mind is the purpose of purchasing the book in the first place. For example, if you are looking for a practical guide book then choosing one with lots of impractical high-fashion shots and skimpy text isn't a good idea. A step by step book like How to Have Style is more fitting. However, if you are looking for something with creatively inspiring photos then a big image heavy hardback is what you need. For that I’d recommend something like Making Faces. Take a look at the list have compiled of some of my favorite makeup and style books. I hope it can help guide you in finding some inspiration or practical tips.
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1. Making Faces & Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

2. Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown
3.The One Hundred & Nina’s Look Book by Nina Garcia
4. About Face by Scott Barnes
5. How to Have Style by Isaac Mizrahi
6. Makeup Your Mind by Francois Nars
7. The Ellements of Personal Style by Joe Zee & Maggie Bullock
8. The Satorialist by Scott Schuman

9. The Basics of Beauty by Sam Fine
(All can be found on Amazon)
Do you have any favorite makeup and style book? Please share!