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Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African American Women Hardcover – February 2, 1998

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Makeup artist to African American models and other black stars, Fine here shares his beauty secrets, offering tips on all the fundamentals of applying makeup with clear, step-by-step instructions. Fine will be launching his own line of cosmetics in February.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Sam Fine is the premier makeup artist for African-American models, singers, and actresses. He has appeared in Essence, Ebony, and Black Elegance, and he will be launching his own makeup line in February.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (February 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573220957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573220958
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. on November 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The info is mostly presented in a question/answer format as found in monthly fashion & beauty magazines. After the first 60 pages anyone looking for make-up instruction will be sadly disappointed. There is no info at all. Only pictures of the various star's the author has worked with and a little synopsis on their look. Of course seeing RuPaul without make-up was a perk. There is no skin care info or step-by-step make-up application coverage for creating different looks. In fact very little *useful* information at all on make-up application. The pictures were nice but if you are interested in information on basic skin care see Alfred Fornay's " The African-American Woman's Guide To Successful Make-up and Skin Care". For recreating different and exciting glamour and evening looks as well as very good step-by-step instruction on make-up application see Kevyn Aucoin's "Making Faces".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just had to say a little something about this book! I've read all the other comments submitted offering constructive critisicm about FINE BEAUTY, as well as Sam's own comments. However, I am inclined to side with MR. FINE. Everything comes in stages, and you should always start from the beginning, especially with a book such as this. Many Jr. & Sr. high school students will be reading this book for the very first time, without any prior experience with makeup like the rest of us, so it's good that SAM presented just the basics, its sort of the "theory" of makeup artistry . . . so to speak. Let's not also forget that the book is not just a little "project" for SAM, it's for profit! The beautiful photos of the stars happen to be one of the reasons I purchased the book. STARS help things to sell . . . that's why their faces are always plastered on magazine covers! Which makes MR. FINE a good businessman. Even though I know, he had an idea that this book would sell, even without the stars! It was great to see Black women portrayed so beautifully! In closing, the book was definitely a good tease . . . because now more than ever, we are all looking forward to the VIDEO, COSMETIC LINE, & Part 2 of Fine Beauty. Don't worry, Sam The ones who offered "construcive critism" will be the first ones to purchase the followup to FINE BEAUTY! I want a makeover, whenever you're in NASSAU! Thanks for a great book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Sam Fine is an excellent makeup artist and this was a good starter book; but for individuals who are really into makeup we need another book that is more intense. One that gives references, more in-depth detail with color illustrations showing how the makeup should be applied. Less information about the celebrities and more on the products. Also where can go to get a FINE makeover?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By reedc@hq.hqusareur.army.mil on October 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit the cover of Sam Fine's book caught my attendtion particularly after seeing the model's before shot. I knew this was a book I had to have. I have since applied many of Sam's tips to my makeup application. I do however wish Sam would publish a pocket size book with a lot more detail information. I had so many questions after reading the book, it left me wanting much more. While living and working in Germany it is very difficult to stay current on the new finds and styles of today, especially for black women. Sam Fine has made it possible for more Sisthas to put the right amount of emphasis on the beauty they hold. I too await his next book (don't keep us waiting Sam), his cosmetic line, and I understand there will be a video released soon. Sam, from one Chicagoen to another, THANK-YOU
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has some detail in the beginning about certain techniques of make-up application. Overall, this book tends to be to star-studded and not enough information on actual beauty techniques, products, skin care or color selection. If you want to know "a little" about make up application and view some beautiful photos of your favorite celebrities, this book may suit you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SKINCARE DIVA on January 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am an Esthetician and Make-up Artist and I found this book very helpful also to recommend to black clients,there are not many books about make-up for Afican-Amarican women on the market and many of my clients ask me to recommend a book they can use at home. This book also makes a wonderful gift.Keep up the great work , I am looking forward to the next book and video!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela L. Lee (plee@structure.com) on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I think Sam Fine is a very skilled makeup artist. I loved the looks he put together in his book. I do wish, however, that there had been more "how to" information. I also would have enjoyed the book more if all the pictures had been in color. It was hard to really see and enjoy the looks he created when some of the pictures were in black and white.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KiKi on December 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book assumes that you know about makeup and is basically a self promoting book about the celebrities the author knows.

The first 40 or so pages do discuss makeup tips, but it's overshadowed by the remaining 100+ pages of stories of his famous clientele. Not what I was looking for in a beauty book.
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