Makeup Bookshelf: Face Forward

SPA+CLINIC uncover the latest makeup releases to inspire you this season.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge
Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint, internationally renowned makeup artist Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form, from Egyptian and Classical times up through the Victorian age and golden era of Hollywood, and also surveys the cutting-edge makeup science of today and tomorrow.

Face Paint STORYFace Paint explores the practical and idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use, the actual materials employed over generations, and the glamorous icons that people emulate and how they achieved their effects. An engaging history of style, it is also a social history of women and the ways in which we can understand their lives through the prism and impact of makeup.

Your Beauty Mark by Dita Von Teese
With retro glamour and amped up sex appeal, Dita Von Teese finally publishes her beauty secrets for fans, with the release of her guide Your Beauty Mark. The mantra of the book is to explore the power of glamour rather than denote what we should and shouldn’t do in our personal routines — celebrating a life of eccentric glamour and making your own self-styled beauty mark in the world.

Your Beauty Mark STORY“I think this is a book for people who dare to be different, who aren’t necessarily trying to fit in, and that like to embrace glamour. My book is for people who enjoy breaking the beauty rules and changing them,” explains Von Teese.

In Your Beauty Mark, Dita and co-writer Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes her friends — masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties — for authoritative advice.

Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill
In Simply Glamorous, one of the UK’s most respected and well known make-up artists, Gary Cockerill debunks the “rules,” proving that with a little knowledge and skill, everyone can use makeup to enhance, disguise, and transform. With his friendly, down-to-earth approach, he demystifies makeup and reveals the best products and application techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready.

Simply Glamorous STORY“Bringing out a make-up book is such an honour! After working in the industry for 24 years, this book teaches the ‘know-how’ that anyone can look fabulous with a capital FAB,” says Cockerill.

Simply Glamorous reveals the power of makeup in creating an illusion, taking you step-by-step through a series of breathtaking makeovers on a range of real women of all ages — demonstrating the transformative power of cosmetics and explaining how to make up a look to suit any face shape, features, colour, or age.

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