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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533143
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Writing Asian Faces was a very personal experience for me. As a young Asian teenager growing up in Los Angeles. Learning how to apply makeup was all trial and error. There were very few examples of Asians in the media if any and foundations back then were all pink. Needless to say I had tons of embarressing moments of bruised looking eyes. Many of my friends resorted to eyelid surgery or tape. I was a bit more rebellious and refused. Asian Faces is filled with all the information I wish I had during my early years. It is meant to be empowering and a resource for all Asian women. Enjoy!

About the Author

Taylor Chang-Babaian is one of the country's top makeup artists in the fashion, magazine, music, film, and television industries. Her makeup tips have been quoted in Town and Country, In Style, Glamour, and Real Simple magazines, and she has appeared on several shows including Access Hollywood, CBS Early Show, Dr. Phil, Extra, and Fox News. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by the entertainment industry. From a young age I was completely infatuated with makeup, hair, and fashion, but with strict parents and older brothers I wasn't allowed to wear makeup. So I did what most teenagers do, I put it on in the bathroom at school and took it off before I got home. The problem with that was I made tons of mistakes which my peers were all too eager to point out. I write books so that you don't have to suffer the same fate.

Watching movies like 'Grease' as a young girl made me realize the power of a fantastic makeover. I still find it amazing that you can change the way a woman feels, the strength and confidence she gains when she looks her best. It doesn't matter who you are, whether you're a model, actress, president of a company, or a stay-at-home mom. We all feel better and empowered when we look our best.

In my time in the entertainment industry I've worked with countless celebrities as well as everyday women. I've demonstrated makeovers on shows like Access Hollywood, The CBS Early Show, Dr. Phil, Extra, FOX News, and Lifetime, and have been quoted in dozens of magazines including Elle, Glamour, Self, Real Simple, and InStyle. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, two teenagers and two dogs! I'm so excited to have this opportunity to share everything I've learned about makeup with all of you!

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for beginners.
BAC
There is great advice for Asian skin tone, face shape, eyes, and lips with some beautiful looks.
Panda Enthusiast
I can't do the makeup in the pictures but I can definitely write this book.
Mark Twain

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sarito on August 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm not usually one to buy books on makeup and beauty, etc. So, this is a first for me. The book truly embraces the beauty of Asian faces and is filled with gorgeous pictures. As someone who tends to stick with really simple and basic makeup applications, I've really been surprised at the results I've gotten from following the step-by-step and "down to earth" instructions.

Also, there are examples given for different kinds of faces and features (ie. eye makeup applications for those who have double lids and those who don't). It is a really empowering book for Asian women who have either tried to follow makeup instructions for Caucasian faces that usually don't work and/or had someone do your makeup who tried to make you look Caucasian instead of playing up your natural and beautiful Asian features.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By M. Mooney on September 9, 2007
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I am a 27 year old woman of (probable) Korean ethnicity (I was adopted and whoever my birth parents were are untraceable). I grew up in a white family in a small hick town in PA where Asians were unheard of (lol, for ex. at age 15 a record store owner truly thought I was Yoko Ono, excitedly pointed to a poster of the Beatles/John Lennon and called all of the employees over to look at "John Lennon's wife in our town"! Another time, a 19 year old student told me, "Its so cool that I met you because now I can say I met a real life Asian, because before you came along I thought Asians only lived in the TV!")
My adoptive mom has never worn make up in her whole life - even for her wedding!! Obviously, I was clueless about makeup, clueless regarding my appearance in general growing up. The time period was right before Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, and other beautiful Asian actresses began to appear in common media and grace the beauty ads of women's magazines.
I was very self conscious because I had no idea what I looked like, I know it sounds weird.. I used to search magazines and TV shows, to no avail.. Ppl told me I looked exactly like Yoko Ono/Connie Chung/and Lisa Ling of Channel One news (in High School). I didn't think I looked like any of them but I didn't know what I looked like either, so I was just confused.. I had no clue what to do about make up, so I pretty much ignored it, gaining names like pizza face because of horrible acne...
Anyway, sorry about the ramble...
I WISH I HAD A BOOK LIKE THIS GROWING UP. I am sure many other Asian women would have found this book as life changing as I would have.
In my early 20's, when I finally started gaining confidence about my looks, I bought every make up book that there was..
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on October 15, 2007
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After the superb reviews, I was really excited about this book but found it to be too basic and lacking in real information. For example, makeup basics section is mostly pictures of items (lipstick, lipliner, eyeliner) with a name of what it is underneath. There is a section on how to wash your face (1. splash warm water 2. lather in circular motion 3. rinse). The second part of the book is composed of picture of face on left and description of how it was done on the right but the description is written stepwise with breakdown like this--"1. use foundation 2. use highlighting foundation 3. use eye shadow at base 3. use eye liner 4. use mascara 5. use lipliner." There is nothing about how to apply to eye liner, how to apply to lipliner, the foundation, etc. I can't do the makeup in the pictures but I can definitely write this book. Save your money.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. Ngo on November 16, 2007
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I have mono-lids, meaning no crease on my eyes. Most make-up advice in magazines have tips on eye make-up involving people with deeper set eyes and creases, all which don't apply to me. I bought this book hoping to learn techniques that work with my eyes, but the only one it offered was a basic sweep of one color of eye shadow just above the eyes - something I had already accomplished the first time I put on make-up.

At least it includes great advice on color choices for cheeks, eyes, face, etc. I went out and bought brown eye shadows in gold, dark brown, and taupe upon this book's recommendation and it has worked well in giving me a natural, but polished look.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on February 23, 2011
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I like this book. The previous reviewer who said it was like an Asian version of Kevin's Making Faces book was spot on. This book thankfully covers different types of Asians. I wish that it had more on cool and warm tones and color theory though. Overall nice book I would love to see an updated version and maybe a little more on the history of Asian make up. That would be really nice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Panda Enthusiast on December 27, 2009
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I actually learned of this book from New York Times controversial "gift guide for people of color." I was excited to see a book dedicated to Asian women, and it even had a South Asian woman on the cover! Since I ordered it from Amazon, I never saw the inside, but I wish I did.

Being that it is published by the same company, Asian Faces is very similar to Iman's book "The Beauty of Color." That's not a bad thing--there are beautiful photographs, with helpful diagrams and text. The author really gets down to all the things Asian women need to know, like contouring a face to fake the appearance of high cheekbones, resizing lips and eyes, and even a section on lightening or darkening skin with makeup (and every Asian will know how important being "fair and lovely" is). The tips are great and the models have quite a variant in face shape. After the different looks, she has sections on decades and costume make-up (she even includes a nice version of the Japanese Ganguro look).

The problem I have is with this book's diversity of Asians. I am Indian, and although that is a part of Asia, the common usage of the term usually refers to Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people (which I believe this book leans towards). It is true, that there is an Indian woman on the cover, and another slightly darker one on the back cover which is why I purchased it. But other than a pair of Indian sisters, those are the only 2 medium brown models. There really aren't any "Pacific Islanders" or medium-dark skinned Southeast Asians (although since they are almost a mix of South Asians and East Asians, I suppose they could combine advice). In fact, the first sentence in the "eyes" section states: "The shape most Asian eyelids are flatter than other women's eyes.
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