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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unshackled by marketing - brush and blush happily!
The great thing about this goal-oriented, generous book is the fact that Aucoin is not tied to any specific company. So it does not rip off the reader by recommending products that are currently in fashion or on department store stands. Instead, for his myriad styles, Aucoin will merely identify "light flesh-coloured lip pencil", or "liquid black eyeliner". No brand names...
Published on 2 Mar 2003 by Anonymous

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2.0 out of 5 stars The artist was a genious, but the book is a different story...
I hate to be a party-pooper but...

Let's assume for a moment that the name of the author does not awe us. Let's say the name we see outside is "John Something", an unknown, unassuming name. And now, flip through the book with no expectations and no genious-artist in mind...

We can see some very-very basic application techniques for make-up, some...
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unshackled by marketing - brush and blush happily!, 2 Mar 2003
This review is from: Making Faces (Paperback)
The great thing about this goal-oriented, generous book is the fact that Aucoin is not tied to any specific company. So it does not rip off the reader by recommending products that are currently in fashion or on department store stands. Instead, for his myriad styles, Aucoin will merely identify "light flesh-coloured lip pencil", or "liquid black eyeliner". No brand names - yippee! Thus it tremendously increases your awareness of products and the standbys and treats that you'll need in your artillery to achieve the looks you want, whether on yourself or on others.
Also, Aucoin clearly and productively analyses each feature of the face at the beginning. He explains the principles of applying foundation, blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipliner, lipstick - even eyebrow pencil (telling you to make a "box" at the inside corner - hello, Ava Gardner!). Very clever, very helpful.
Finally, Aucoin is brilliant in his analysis of brushes, and again, does not plug any particular line. But he does explain what different brushes do, and you can therefore conclude for yourself which of them you'll need. Best is to go to a theatre make-up shop, where you'll get (usually) disinterested advice.
The illustrations and "types" of look are wonderful and really extend one's range and comprehension. As a professional entertainer, I have found this book indispensable for my own make-up, and also incorporate its principles at home for day or innocent make-up, reserving dramatic styles for stage or evenings.
Enjoy! Brush up your brushwork!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection of Makeovers, Advice & technique tips!, 26 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Making Faces: 1999 (Calendar)
This guy, WOW! I picked up the book for general advice and instead found myself discovering how wonderful makeup can be. Kevyn Aucoin's approach in this book, is to not only show what can be done, but encourage YOU to learn and experiment. This book is a fantastic resource for how to do everything from start to finish and the best bit is he tells you HOW to do it and not lecturing on whether you SHOULD be doing it. He uses his techniques as tools, and places them in front of you and tells you to go forth and try. There are loads of Celebrity and ordinary people makeovers. But the best thing is, he tells how to obtain the LOOK YOU WANT. In this book there are no rules, only incredible possibilities.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 10 April 2001
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This review is from: Making Faces (Hardcover)
This is a excellent book, both for those interested in cosmetics and those just wondering how to change their look. The book begins with the basics, such as skin care, different types of cosmetics and techniques. There are excellent explanations, and if you've ever wondered which types of products are best for you, this is perfect. Following on from this are pages and pages of celebrity "makeovers." The photos alone are great and illustrate how extremely different looks can be accomplished easily with cosmetics. Accompanying each photo is full instructions on how to achieve that look, what products are needed and what techniques are used.
This book will make you want to run to a mirror and start experimenting!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written! 100 stars for Mr. Aucoin!, 22 April 2000
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This review is from: Making Faces (Paperback)
Forget about all those other useless books full of nothing but text and no photos, Making Faces is Full,Full,Full of COLOR photos and helpful words. Enough said, just buy this book if you want the best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevyn Aucoin, 23 Jan 2012
This review is from: Making Faces (Paperback)
This is my favourite book in my book case. The photographs are stunning, this book is full of classic looks which can be achieved. I consider this book my make up bible, he makes us feel there are no rules in makeup. He does not list particular brands and is very down to earth, the illustrations are beautiful and easy to understand. A must for anyone who loves make up!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 4 Jan 2012
This review is from: Making Faces (Hardcover)
This is an amazing book, it doesn't just tell you the basic side of makeup but it also tells you the artistic side of it as well, it is amazing looking at the before and after or everyday people an how much it brings out your own features, and the before an after of celebrities, where the after is unrecognizable, you learn so much techniques from this book that i ended up purchasing the second one as well, Kevyn Aucoin is brilliant artist, and so sad that he has past away, this and the other books are must buy, they not just for makeup artist who are just learning the trade but for everyday people who want to learn techniques, each look has detailed step by step illustrated guides so you are no doubt able to achieve the same look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From someone who never thought of buying a book on makeup, 26 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Making Faces (Hardcover)
This book really is one of a kind. The author gives you ideas, techniques and tools, without passing on judgement. You get an idea on how to use particular cosmetics, then on different parts of the face, then a few makeovers, and finally some finished looks, from 1920s to Punk. Everything is well-explained, no fuss, even for someone like me who is not very comfortable with make up.

I absolutely loved the pictures, as it is very unusual to see such diverse faces included. I would recommend this to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!, 18 April 2011
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Would expect anything less from the great late Kevyn Aucoin? I have been dying to get this book in my collection for some time and i was not disapointed. The creativity alone will give you so much inspiration to try new things. Love it, such a beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Faces, 11 Oct 2010
This review is from: Making Faces (Paperback)
This is good for teaching you make up basics and the tips and tricks that make up artists use
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I value this book as highly as I value my 6000 makeup course, 24 July 2011
This review is from: Making Faces (Paperback)
Working as a makeup artist I've spoken to hundreds of women who tell me that they buy expensive products and then don't know what to do with them my advice is always the same: Spend as much as you can afford on 1) a good foundation, 2) a flat eyeshadow brush, 3) eyeshadow blending brush, 4) a square flat eyeliner brush and 5) this book. If money is an issue wait for the brush sets to come out in December. If you look after brushes they will last forever - they are the most important part of your kit. Cheaper ones are false economy, a good brush will do the work for you. You'd be surprised what you can do when you have a tiny palette and a good understanding makeup artistry.

I have spent months in the British Library reading every makeup book I could get my hands on... I haven't found any that compare to this. Some of the looks here are becoming dated, but it contains all the principles that you need...

I value this book as highly as I value my 6000 makeup course.

All three books are brilliant. I'd say this is the best for technical advice, `Face Forward' is great once you've mastered the basics, `A Beautiful Life' shows just how loved Kevyn Aucoin was.

Nina-Marie Braisby
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