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Fashion Flash Book Review: Make-Up Manual by Color Me Beautiful
The Color Me Beautiful franchise began more than 30 years ago. It divided women into four seasons of skin and hair coloring and then recommended appropriate makeup and clothing colors. I loved the concept but never found the four categories really applied to me. In this updated version, the categories have expanded to six and suddenly it makes perfect sense to me. Not only does one of the coloring profiles apply to me, the design of the book offers comprehensive help in application of the best products for each of the six types.
The book is divided into three main categories. The first section offers basic make-up application advice. Its packed with little tips that have a big impact. For example, I have always had trouble choosing a concealer that helped hide my dark shadows without looking caked. Turns out that as I got older and my skin got thiner, I needed a creamier concelear to cover avoid cracking.
The second part of the book offers extensive advice into the right makeup for different occasions. The color swatches accurately reflect available products and it was astonishing simple to match them at Sephora. Not only does this updated Color Me Beautiful book show what colors I needed, it also explained what textures I should use. For example, it turns out that my “soft” profile cannot handle intense make-up color. Almost everything I needed to use was sheer rather than creamy. This explained why so many lipsticks that looked great in the tube and on my hand, did not work on my lips. The book directed me to sheer lipsticks or glosses and every reccommendation was a keeper. The book recommended a taupe or grey, rather than black liner, dark brown mascara and a gold highlighter instead of traditional bone or taupe. And it all worked.
The third part of the book has two immensely helpful sections– one on the changes ages makes on make-up choices and the second on the placement of illuminator, blush and shading depending on the shape of the face. While this has been covered in other books and articles, Make-Up Manual offers the clearest explanation I have seen to date.
Make-Up Manual changed my relationship to cosmetics. Not only did I buy new colors and textures, I stopped buying products that were just a waste of money. In short I looked better, feel more confident and saved money. When it comes to style, it does not get better than that.