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


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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

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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Customer Reviews

This book answers a few questions and shows clients he has worked with.
Yogi
I found this book to be very inspirational for me as an "aspiring" makeup artist.
Stephanie (epsilon@frontiernet.net)
Keep up the great work , I am looking forward to the next book and video!
SKINCARE DIVA

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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mr. Fine has written a very good book, however, the title is a bit misleading. Fine Beauty promises beauty basics and beyond for the African-American Women, yet very little space is devoted to teaching women how to master the art of make-up application. Instead, the majority of this book is an overview on Mr. Fine's career success, including more than half the book consisiting of pictures with or of his famous clientelle. Also the end of the book contains more of Mr. Fine's famous friends in the "business". I felt like I was reading his resume' or looking through his portfolio!
Don't get me wrong it wasn't terrible. The first section of the book does give information on make-up basics including tools, and tips for every area of the face. I enjoyed this section. I once believed that blush was something that women of color could not pull off sucessfully, but thanks to Mr. Fine's tips on blush color and application, I have tried it and it looks great. Also, the tips on highlighting were helpful, but sadly, I was left wanting more. If you enjoy star-gazing, then this book is for you. If you are looking for an in-depth manual on how to make yourself look like a star, then look elsewhere. Mr. Fine's book can help beginners get off to a good start, and help intermediates refine their skills, but pro's will be sadly dissapointed.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book that will give you makeup application ideas, look elsewhere. But if you want to see a makeup artist stroke his ego by being associated with big Hollywood names, then this is the book for you.
When I got this book I believed it would provide me with detailed information on how to apply makeup and what I could do to improve my look. Instead I get approximately 10-12 pages of information that I could have read in a beauty magazine. The remaining pages are filled with photos of the women he has made up such as Brandy, Patti Labell, and Tyra Banks. Then you get to hear about his life. Big Deal.
The saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" really does apply to this one.
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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 ReviewsfromDEMom on July 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Okay, this book was sort of ridiculous. Because of the cover it leads consumers to believe that they'll be getting tips on makeup application, products, highlighting and contouring. Well they're in for a huge disappointment. Only the first few pages give VERY general makeup tips. The rest of the book is just a showcase of Fine's "work" with a really weak explanation of how he did it. It's almost like he wrote the book to brag about his work. This book pretty much sucks....
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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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