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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wicked Wednesday: Comparison of Makeup Books

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown
This is the first makeup book I've read and the only one I own. In terms of teaching you makeup application, this book covers the very basic. It is only good for complete novices but with internet (Blogs and Youtube), it is no longer necessary to learn how to apply makeup through this book. Instead, strangely, I learned a lot about skincar. Bobbi explains sunscreen and moisturisers in a lot of detail. She also talks about common important skincare ingredients to keep an eye out for. This book contains tips about becoming a makeup artist, which I think is what makes this manual unique. It gives you an idea of the directions you can take and things that you should do in order to become a good makeup artist. Overall, I think that you don’t have to buy this makeup book but I still think you should borrow a copy to read it at least once. You will more than likely learn at least one thing that you did not know about previously. However, I do think that this makeup book would make a very good gift for a young girl who has just started to show interest in makeup. 


Amazing Face by Zoe Foster
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library to read and am considering getting a copy for myself to keep. This isn't a makeup book. It's a book about beauty that does cover makeup. Zoe's writing style is very fun and relaxed and it's amusing to read. She shares a lot of beauty knowledge that are not commonly known or found on the internet. For example, did you know that after spraying perfume onto your skin you're not supposed to rub it? Many beauty gurus like Michelle Phan make this mistake! You're ruining the true scent (if you read it you'll find a more elaborate and satisfying explanation than mine). Zoe also gives product recommendations, which is very convenient for people like me who don’t know where to start looking or what to try. Lastly, this book is suitable for all ages. Zoe gives advice according to age group and needs, which I think is absolutely wonderful! I think Amazing Face is worth a read.


Makeup The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris
This truly is the ultimate makeup guide! Our amazing Aussie makeup artist Rae Morris teaches us about colours and textures of makeup products. She explains eyebrows quite thoroughly and even demonstrates different effects with different types false eyelashes. The photos are absolutely beautiful to look at. Steps on how to achieve the looks are concise and easy to follow. I love how Rae shows us how simple makeup can actually be. In the book, she did a lot of looks that do not require more than two eyeshadow colours. This book is filled with a plethora of makeup looks. So if you're out of ideas on what to wear on your face, consult MakeupThe Ultimate Guide; you won't regret it! 

Express Makeup by Rae Morris
If you loved Makeup The Ultimate Guide, you will go nuts for this makeup book too. The format is similar to The Guide except the looks are different. This means more stunning models to ogle, more tips and tricks to master and more looks to try out! This book is practically a library of gorgeous makeup looks. They are all very easy to achieve and in short periods of time. In my opinion, this book is suitable for all ages, ethnicity and makeup tastes/styles. 

Do you have any favourite makeup books? What other makeup books would you like me to read and review?


  1. I want to get the Zoe Foster book too! I've heard great reviews on it and I think she's amazing. Even at 29 I'm sure I would learn a lot from the book.

    1. Definitely! And if you're still not sure, I recommend you borrow it from the library and have a read before you buy it!

  2. I have Zoe's Amazing face, and I love it. I would love to get the Bobbi's Ultimate Guide and Express Makeup, they sound good!

    1. Yes, they are good. I think even if you don't get the Bobbi one you're not missing out on much. Just borrow a copy from the library but I recommend getting the Rae Morris ones.

  3. From your review, I really want to read the Rae Morris ones now. They sound so good!

    1. Give them a try! I'm pretty sure they are available in most city council libraries.

  4. I agree, that bobbi brown make up manual was a bit of a waste for me. Not much I didn't already know and I not keen on being a make up artist. May have a look in the library for the others. Thanks :)