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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312573715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312573713
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JEMMA KIDD, a former model and fashion stylist, is a leading international make-up artist who has worked with many celebrated fashion designers, photographers, and celebrities. She founded a popular make-up school in London and developed her own range of make-up and tools sold in Bergdorf Goodman, Holt Renfrew and Neiman Marcus. In 2008, Target launched the JK Jemma Kidd make-up line in 1600 stores across the country.

Customer Reviews

It will make a nice coffee table book.
rachel kennison
This book serves as an excellent primer for anyone new to makeup or desirous of perfecting everyday skills.
Antigone Walsh
The pictures and instructions together make this very easy to follow.
Liz A. Chandler

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on February 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is truly an incredible book. I have combed through every make-up book I could get my hands on, including Bobbi Brown, Carmindy, etc. and nothing beats this book.

The reason is that the pictures and instructions are incredibly clear, without being over-simplified. If she recommends a particular color for a skin tone, she shows you, she doesn't just talk about it. If she mentions an application technique, she shows it (I can't tell you how many books I looked at that just described the technique, no pictures). Her skin care advice and tips are very useful, and the makeup ideas are simply beautiful. She provides a lot of timeless, flawless make-up looks, as well as a few funkier looks. Very inspirational.

I refer to this book often, and I highly recommend it to everyone, even professionals who could use a reminder of skin care importance.
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103 of 123 people found the following review helpful By angela santiago on November 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Basically it was an ok book. It's a good gift for someone that doesn't really know how to do make up at all or someone that is getting older and is stuck in the past. The books is all about how to look good at any age. there are many differnt looks that cover office, vaction, date, and high drama daytime.

When it comes to differnt ethnicities it kinda glosses over them. Skin tones come in Porcelain, Fair. light olive(light toned asian,latino/mediterranean) Dark olive(medium toned people like(darker asians, medium toned latinos/mediterranean) and Deep(black folks) basically I find the pallet that offers for each group a bit limiting. It's great for a day time or office looks but don't limit yourself for going out and having fun looks.

Skin care: Wash your face, exfloliate, tone, use mosturizer and eye cream. basic stuff everyone shoud know.

The best thing about this book is the contour and hightlighting section. although it is something i know about there is more detailed in the book. Also how to contour your lips so you can get more symetery.

If your in your teens-early 30's and are looking for fun looks, don't buy the book.
If you don't know anything about make-up or love collecting books then this is for you.

The easiest cheapest way to get new great looks is Youtube just in case your wondering.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on March 2, 2010
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This large, colorful book features basic beauty training. Makeup artist Jemma Kidd covers it all..from contouring and highlighting to skin and nail care. The instructions are clear and there are many large photographs. The focus is more functional than funky, although she does demonstrate some fashion forward looks.

This book serves as an excellent primer for anyone new to makeup or desirous of perfecting everyday skills. The models are all very young. I find this unfortunate. It is important for people especially those interested in fashion and beauty to be able to see beauty in everyone notwithstanding age, races, nationality or dare I say it, weight. I think the youth of the models limits the attraction to young women and teens even though the contents are beneficial for all. However, if you wish to learn makeup technique, this is a good place to start.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By marmeladethecat on September 7, 2012
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I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled to do so in this case because this book was so useless I returned it to Amazon . Kidd claims she can advise 'women' about makeup but what she really means is women under 25. For anyone older than that, other than a long list of don'ts she provides no guidance whatsoever.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By De-De on March 4, 2010
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I absolutely love this book! It is so detailed and teaches you everything you need to know about makeup and makeup application. I read makeup books before but this one is really good. It really covers everything you need to know! I am not even done the book yet but i had to right a review of how good the book is! I learned so much and I am only halfway into the book! I definitely recommend you buy this book! You won't regret it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Alcala on January 28, 2011
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I purchased this for my twenty year old daughter for Christmas. She has several other make-up books, including Bobbie Brown and Nars. She felt this was far superior. Lots of photos and clear instructions.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mama artist on February 4, 2011
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The book "make-up Masterclass" by Jemma Kidd is not properly titled, it only teaches you beginner material hence making it a poor choice for an experienced make-up artist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie on January 21, 2014
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Dont get me wrong, this is one of the prettiest Makeup books I have and I own about 20 of them from Bobby Brown to Kevyn Aucoin. The models are all stunning with some of the most poreless, perfect skin I have ever seen. The makeup colors are all just breathtaking on them and the makeup is applied beautifully. My beef, and why this did not get a perfect rating is for two reasons.
1. For the vast majority of women, we use makeup to help hide or improve what we see as imperfections on our face. Be it our less than perfect skin, thin lips. small eyes or missing cheekbones, whatever it may be, we are trying to look better. While she does make some attempt to address a few issues such as thin lips, there was almost nothing on how to make skin look great if you have acne, large pores or lines. There was nothing on hooded or deepset eyes and there were several other glaring omissions. In addition, if you only use models that are beyond perfect, it does not exactly provide instruction on how much of an improvement we might expect by using her techniques. If you want to impress me with your makeup skills, try applying the makeup to women who are average everyday women with issues! That would be helpful! As it is, I do not think many women will look at these models and think "oh, she has the same issue I have, I can try to correct it using this technique!" because the models had no flaws! They were stunning without makeup and stunning with it. Not very helpful to people who purchase the book for the "Masterclass" aspect.
2. The makeup colors she uses are just beautiful. The makeup used on lips, cheeks and especially the eyes were just one stunning page after another. And no where in there does she talk about what she used.
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