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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Slp Spi edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836451
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

François Nars was born in the South of France and attended the Carita Makeup School in Paris. He moved to New York in 1984 and debuted his first line of lipsticks a decade later at Barneys New York. Nars is the current president and creative director of NARS Cosmetics.

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I would however rate this book 5 stars if it was a free guide to using NARS makeup.
Margred Lirovich
There is also a good variety of ages, skin tones, face shapes etc. as well as makeup looks, colors, styles and even makeup textures.
irene stetska
This book is one of the few books on makeup that I would recommend for someone who was above beginner level.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Makeup Artist/Instructor on February 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a professional makeup artist and Instructor, I found this book non-beneficial, although it was beautifully laid out. (The art director did a fabulous job.) All but a few eye techniques were a basic color wash of one color. This book does not challenge the professional with different techniques or looks. What I and the other instructors found horrifying was the lack of brow grooming. Any print artist knows that everything needs to be flawless before they go on film. One models brows were growing in all directions. The other con to this book was the light grey type that was tightly spaced. While creatively appealing, it was very hard to read.
What I did like was the acetate overlays with the description of the basic color and then the color in his line. What I thought would have helped the book out even more was to provide pictures of the products he was using or to tell a little more about them because if you aren't familiar with his line, you had no idea what he was using.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kit422 on April 22, 2011
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Nars has surpassed his former book with this sequal. Express yourself shows real women from a full range of ethnicities (finally including south asian and middle eastern women as well) as well as a wide range of ages. As opposed to the models he used in the last book, this book uses normal people: teachers, artists, students, etc. These different "palates" make for unique looks that are inspirational to all makeup lovers. The looks are also less dramatic and more applicable to everyday makeup users and the play-by-play descriptions of what products were used and exactly how they were places allows us to peek into the makeup genius's process and recreate the looks at home. He retained the excellent idea of before and after photos - done in equivalent lighting as well as the transparent page between that demonstrates the application. Thank you Nars - well done!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Mariners Fan VINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
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Finally, I have been waiting for this book to come out! It is a huge step up from the last NARS makeup book, which unfortunately left me feeling very disappointed. The book itself is a hardback binder with wire spirals, this makes it really easy to turn pages and keep them open, just in case you want to copy along. The book is set up in sections: Introduction, How this book works (which is important to read), Tips before you begin working, Skin, "Play" looks", "Perfect" looks, and "Polish" looks.

In the beginning of the book, there are just quick little tips on eyes, face, and skin which I found to be really helpful. And it isn't just those typical basics, I mean for example: beginning with a light color on the lid, blending is key, eyeliner pencil can be used for more than just lining, explaining the density of brushes and which textures of products work best with them. Of course he elaborates, but just briefly enough to give you information. I appreciated that. Now on to the fun part, the makeup! Just like before, both pages are a before and after with a little clear sheet to go on top of the after page. What is written on this clear sheet, is the placement and name of the product used. Very simple and easy to follow.

The one thing that separated this book from his last, was the use of a wider variety of models. More african, middle eastern, latino, and asian women were included. I truly appreciated this because, all skin color should be celebrated and Nars realizes that. In addition to adding more skin color diversity, the entire polish section is dedicated to older women. Basically I love the book, I am a NARS fanatic and I'm pleased to see a whole new set of looks I can create using the makeup! The book is definitely worth more than what amazon is charging which makes it a great deal :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kim Lee Granger on March 5, 2006
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The idea of the overlays is great - it allows you to see the makeup completely finished without the distraction of the writing and then able to add that information of where to place the colors. I like the honesty in using the same light/background/hairstyle in the before and after pictures without any retouching - it is more truthful than many other books (believe me, I have many).

I didn't give it 5 stars for the following reason (some I will admit are personal preference):

1. Not enough variations in skin tone color - as in not enough olive toned and bronzed toned women. It was concentrated on either extremely pale or very dark with the majority being very pale.

2. A large section of the makeup is more suitable for runway - I don't see them being realistic for real life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By EJB on August 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book definitely has great looks and ideas. As an African American though, only 2 faces look similar to mine. It would have been nice if there were models with all shades of skin, not just mostly caucasian people. The book is very creative and fun to read, it gives you good detail of how to create each look as well. A fun read if you are a makeup fiend.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By dashPA on June 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First of all, the introduction rubbed me the wrong way and I found it full of contradictions and a way to knock other makeup artists. He mentioned that makeup articles in "these books" are blatently unrealistic because of the retouching, yet I didn't see one blood vessle in the eyes in any of the pictures in this book. He also says you should "notice the woman, not her makeup", but isn't that hard to do when you look at a face with acid green, orange and gold eyeshadow topped off with bushy eyebrows? All of the models seem to be in the same age range and are obviously professional models. How does this benefit the reader who really needs and wants advise? Why didn't he pick people off the street to really get his point across? The pictures are large and self explanitory, but he was better off choosing a wide variety of women based on age, race etc. so everyone benefits.
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