This week, Barbara of Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. SHe has fast become the role model for our generation. She inspires me everyday with her energy, commitment and joy. She has a positive view of againg that makes me feel proud of my past and excited to see what happens next. This month she is training for the NYC Marathon and has not let the hot steamy weather stop her– and she is still smiling.
When evaluating lifestyle books, I look for two key factors– the credentials of the author and a text that drills down on a subject. Asian Beauty has both. The author Margaret Kimura is a well known Hollywood make-up artist whose clients included Audrey Hepburn, Mel Gibson, Renee Russo, Andie McDowell, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and Lisa Ling. She developed a shdow and light technique that works for all faces, but is especially helpful for Asian features. As she explained in her book, Caucasians have double eyelids, while Asian eyes have a single lid. To add luminous depth, she applies a highlighter over the entire lid then, adds a darker shadow in the crease. This is the type of simple yet highly effective advice that makes book worth buying and keeping. Another tip deals with masks. Since true oily skin is rare in Asian skin, Kimura suggests using algae masks and avoiding those made with clay. I especially appreciated the detail she offers, explaining the differences in Japanese, Korean, Chinese skin and features– and how to optimize each one.
I am a big fan of small details and Asian Beauty delivers some of the best I’ve seen. For example, she notes that Asian eyes have smaller lids and to look for smaller brushs to apply shadow. Kimura also points out that Asian lashes are hard to curl with the tradition device. Instead she recommends a heated curler that helps the lashes develop that flattering curl. The book has earned a place on my way too crowded bookslelves.