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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157322779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573227797
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,376 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

Don't get me wrong it wasn't terrible.
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The photo demonstrations are real specific and the instructions are easy to follow and learn.
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This book is a must for everyone's library.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2001
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
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tiffanyb411 on July 18, 2012
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2001
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yoshi3329 on December 24, 2011
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The book presented is in dialogue or question-and-answer format. Fine begins by discussing the tools needed to perform makeup looks. Fine then briefly discusses concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrows, eye shadow, blush lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, false eyelashes, contour & highlights, lip tricks, and how to remove makeup, in that order. "Pro-tips" are sprinkled thought the book for those who are more advanced. Fine focuses on how to create natural looks for women of color, specifically women of African descent. Natural looks are Fine's specialty. It is good, but, where the rest of it?

Beauty tips, the heart the book, are little more than thirty pages. The makeovers Fine displays are ten pages. The book is 160 pages in entirety. The heart is one third of the book. The remainder is about the celebrities Fine has worked with and plug-ins for Fine "friends." Fine friends discuss how they grew into their respective fields. The book purchased was for beauty tips, not to hear about Fine's friends. This spans to almost one-hundred pages, which is ridiculous! That is more than half the book!

The makeovers results were nice, but they are only the results. Unlike other beauty books, Fine's book does not give a systematic tutorial on how to create any looks and is not through. The only systematic tutorial recalled was the contour & highlights and eyebrows. Given about three pictures each, it is nothing, especially today with YouTube. The book will not even get a pass with when it was released either. No matter what the decade is, three pictures is a bad joke.

Normally, this is where there would be a continuance of the book review, but that it. No seriously, that is it. If you are looking for application tips, color section, products, and systematic tutorials look elsewhere.
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