Though this isn't a book for complete beginners it is still an interesting look for anyone who loves make up and what it can do, though this isn't because of your ability but because of the access to materials and tools.It does however have some fairly simple things to try out for yourself. It focuses purely on the fantastical, giving a step by step guide on preparing your materials and how to attempt the looks. The instructions are laid out in an easy to read manner with tips on how to produce the item if you were applying it to yourself, and even includes some humor as to what the artist was feeling at the time. They also state clearly on the top of the page as to the difficulty levels, how it could be tweaked and also the materials you will be needing. It isn't like normal make up books in that we also find out how to make masks, adding special effects to every day items such as shoes and we even have a section on using paper. It sparks the imagination and as soon as I opened the book I rushed off to find my sketch pad and started tweaking my own designs. This really is the best of the best. It just goes to show that nothing is impossible! I would fully recommend this book to everyone - even to those just starting out.
Amazing pictures - this would be great just to have as a coffee-table book for those that are interested in special effects makeup. Gives great step-by step and tips to make up the visual effects in the pics. My only slight downside, is that as any one knows who actually uses special effect makeup - if you were to use the book whilst creating your masterpiece - the book would be ruined by sticky fingers :-)
I am a final year costume student, and everyone I have shown this book to on my course has immediately gone and ordered it for themselves! The Japanese are not afraid to push boundaries and these make-ups are no exception, but not only do you get beautifully detailed photographs, but also instructions on how to carry out many of them. There are ideas for Steampunk, Gothic and Horror, some Altered Boots, plus an anthropromorphic Cat...If I had this book earlier in the year my designs would have taken a very different direction! Although many techniques will be beyond the expertise of the beginner there are a lot of good starting points, plus a lot of costume/cosplay/fashion/artwork inspiration for people looking for something alternative.