Barnes, Scott. About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist. Fair Winds: Quayside. 2010. c.240p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-59233-399-8. $24.99. PERSONAL GROOMING
Barnes gave actress-singer-megabrand Jennifer Lopez her trademark “glow,” and his celebrity makeup star ascended to join the likes of Pat McGrath and the late Kevyn Aucoin. In his mini-coffee-table-book debut, he shares his philosophy—it all begins with the light, where and how it hits the face, because glow is the goal with all women, starlets or not. A lot of heavy contouring and highlighting ensues in an array of “transformations” of nonmodels of various ages and ethnicities. These before-and-afters, captured in step-by-step color photos, are impressive in their technical skill and will inspire the more audacious and skilled among Barnes’s fans—Sarah goes from a pretty, minimally maquillaged twenty-something to a golden-cheeked Renaissance maiden.
Verdict While Barnes presents some sensible skin care how-to and tricks, his book is best suited to intermediate to advanced makeup artists who have a stake in contouring and highlighting. —Library Journal, March, 15, 2010
Currently, international celebrities compete for Scott Barnes' professional time. Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox, Jewel and Lil Kim are some of the leading ladies in music, film, and television who seek out Scott to design their latest looks. His work has been published on the magazine covers of Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Premiere. Scott has also appeared on top national and regional television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra, Access Hollywood, and Good Day LA. In 2011, Scott embarked on a new chapter in his life, relocating from New York to Los Angeles. Visit him online at http://www.scottbarnes.com.
Lasty and most importantly, I didn't really like most the looks in the book.
I thought it was the first book I ever purchased about 'makeup,' but when I sat down and started reading I realized that it was about so much more than just makeup.
The work he does is amazing and the book is very creative with great pictures and inspirational faces to recreate yourself.
I purchased this a longtime ago and finally read over it. Since I have the kindle version, my review is likely lower than if it were a print version. Read morePublished 8 days ago by JEL
I'm disappointed. It's not a how to book like I wanted. Obviously he's talented as the women look amazing in the pics but if that's all I wanted to see I'd have bought an upscale... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Deborah M.
Informative step by step guide to Scott Barnes' contouring techniques. Beautiful images. As a professional make-up artist, I found the personal information on his models redundant... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim Ikonen Jennings
Love my book, got my book really fast and enjoyed every page...!!! I would recommend every one to get it...!Published 6 months ago by YESI
That was enough for me to pass it over. There are plenty of other books with real live everyday people having their make-up done.Published 7 months ago by greenacres
This book is NOT a step by step makeup book. However there are very good things to learn in regards to techniquePublished 7 months ago by Barri
Book was as described, more of a read than a glance at for tips. Nice quality hard cover. Messages of beauty is within throughout the whole book.Published 8 months ago by Danielle
I bought this for school and it arrived within a couple weeks. It is in good condition as described and I have no issues.Published 12 months ago by Mia
I recommend this motivating book to anyone that wants to learn face countering techniques. The technique is fresh and step by step instructions are provided. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lisa Perez