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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592334881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592334889
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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.


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Lasty and most importantly, I didn't really like most the looks in the book.
I.S.
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.
E. Garrick
The work he does is amazing and the book is very creative with great pictures and inspirational faces to recreate yourself.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Susan on December 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Scott Barnes may indeed be an amazing make-up artist, but I found the book a bit disappointing. The description for the book states, "Part One focuses on dramatic makeovers of real women with a twist: each woman comes in looking the best she thinks she can look. The author then deconstructs and debunks their look taking them from attractive to amazing." In the first set of makeovers four out of five were models. In total, nine of the "real" women were models, and two more have worked in television. Yes, models are obviously real women, but not the kind I expected in this book. I expected the everyday women to be made over, not just the five that were in the book. And, except for some lipstick or gloss and perhaps eye shadow it didn't look like they were wearing much make-up to begin with by the look of their skin and under-eye circles. Certainly, they did not present themselves as the best they could make themselves up on their own. Nor was the book in sections as mentioned. My favorite "real women" make-over was Katherine. Barnes took her from the everyday women to a beautiful women who reminded me of Julia Roberts. Throughout the book several actresses spoke about their experiences with Barnes. The remainder of the book did provide some interesting and useful information.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By O Makeup Artist on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited to get this book but it ended up being a huge let down. All off the looks are so over worked and heavy that they make the models look older and less attractive than before the makeup was applied. If you are looking for a book on every day makeup go to Bobbi Brown. If you want amazing transformations go to Kevyn Aucoin. His books are more innovative, beautiful, and inspiring than this one even though they are 15+ years old.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By someone who knows makeup on January 11, 2010
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I love Scott Barnes' work!!!! BUT this book is a huge disappointment. Not a single makeover was wearable in everyday life. Great in theory but not realistic. Not the book for real women wanting to learn about makeup!!!!!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
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I am a sucker for transformations. I love seeing the ugly duckling turn into the beautiful swan. The more drastic the transformation, the better.

The premise of this book is that real women, looking their best, would be redone by master make-up artist Scott Barnes. The women are "real" in so far as they exist but they are far from average in looks. The bulk are models or otherwise in fashion or show business. Like most models on assignment, they are bare faced when they arrive for their transformation. I doubt that is how they look their best unless it is the best they look when biking to their Pilates classes.

That being said, some of the make overs are amazing. Katherine went from pretty to polished and professional. Danielle went from everyday to exotic. The remainder are standard model shots, unmade up to smoldering eyes and pouty mouths. However, sometimes the transformation is different not better. Lauren,a beach bunny type is morphed into an ice queen. Different, perhaps. Better, not really. Others, Louisa and Linda were unimpressive. And then there was Elizabeth the only senior citizen in the bunch. She was also the only one who looked like she took some time with her makeup before shot As for the after, well her makeup was beautiful. perhaps it was the full front shot, but I thought she looked better before.

The photographs are gorgeous and the transformations are displayed photographically, step by step. Note that the text instructions do not always correspond to the photo. This book assumes a certain degree of experience with makeup application. If you are lacking that, there are many fine books on makeup application including the classic Way Bandy, also check out Robert Jones and Jemma Kidd.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By deionc on January 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I could tell by the cover what type of book this was going to be. See J.lo on the cover..she dosent look like that in real life with even the best make-up! its all air brushing. A peak inside reveals mostly white women( I think i saw one Asian woman, and an Ethiopian woman, and a Brazillian woman..ooh exotic!) with their faces covered in contour powder. Its not real women make up..its photo shoot make up...so just be warned..the women get make overs and the end photo is with them covered in this make-up and digitally enhanced and modified..i quickly put the book down...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I.S. on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm such a big fan of all of Kevin Aucoin's books (RIP). This book however really disappointed me. First, the makeup application is very old school heavy stage makeup. Second, the photos in the book were very dark and not very well lit. Third, I disliked how the instructions were laid out making it cluttered and confusing. Lasty and most importantly, I didn't really like most the looks in the book. Save your money cause I regret spending mine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosebud131 on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I first picked up this book, I wasn't really that excited. It just seemed like way too much makeup to apply on the average day. I love makeup and I love to get glammed up sometimes, but I don't have the lifestyle to wear a lot every day. I revisited the reviews since the book is now available on Kindle and I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did. If you actually take the time to READ the book, there is a whole lot of wisdom. Scott's way of preparing the face/doing foundation is worth the cost of the book alone. The same contouring technique can be used with a light or a heavy hand. I did my face this morning using his face technique and one of his eye techniques (as simple as it gets) with some peach cream blush and I love it.

The interviews with the women are also fun to read, and often inspiring. The theme of enhancing your beauty to harness the power of your womanhood is prevalent, and it's wonderful. If you are hesitant to buy this book, look beyond what seems to be pictures of perhaps heavily made-up women. You'll be surprised at the interesting and simple techniques used and the wealth of information in the book. I'm not sure I will ever do my face makeup again using a different method.
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