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Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African American Women Hardcover


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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: 0.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,143 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 is a must for everyone's library.
UCMe4Hair2B@aol.com
Looking at the book make you want to go put on makeup right that moment just to see if you can capture the look!
Joanna Zachery-Meade
In fact very little *useful* information at all on make-up application.
Susan B.

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51 of 52 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 Primadonna 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 7 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whoo, boy, where do I begin...
I MIGHT have given this book more stars if it wasn't over 150 pages long, with ONLY 30-odd pages dedicated to makeup tips! I don't get it. He's a makeup artist. Why would he write a book and then dedicate so few of the pages to makeup tips?
The pictures are great. However, it is filled with too many pictures of stars. Mr. Fine, I can watch MTV and read the Star if I want to see pictures of stars! True experts take the time to write more than just a few measly paragraphs for each makeup tip.
So what's the good part of this book? The hints that he does give you ACTUALLY work. His tips on perfect lipstick are great. So are his examples of makeovers. If you sit down and follow the few pages on each tip, your makeup will look good. In less than twenty minutes, I was able to make myself up and I did notice the difference from my normal makeup habits. Seriously. But just when you want him to go and and give you more...that's where the book falls off.
The tips themselves seem glossed over. There are no 1-2-3 steps like I expected. He does not tell you where to go to buy the right tools. There are no diagrams. There are no color charts. If you want to "glam" up a bit from the neutral face, he does not mention how to match makeup colors so you don't end up looking like a clown.
Instead of continuing sharing his talents, he treats you to a treasure chest of pictures of his friends and colleagues. What??? Why???? Instead of becoming what could have been the Black woman's bible on flawless makeup, Sam Fine sells himself short and the book becomes a testament to how many beautiful people he knows and how many projects he has worked on.
I already know what Tyra, Veronica Webb, Brandy, and Vanessa Williams look like.
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