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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Har/DVD edition (March 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400047722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400047727
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Real Beauty, celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk brings her professional tips to real life. She offers a fresh, fun approach, whether you like neutral, natural or totally intense. You'll learn how just one or two products can create a great look, how the right application techniques extend wear, and how the secret to putting your best face forward is enhancing what's already there.

Renowned authorities in skin care, health, fitness and nutrition also weigh in, and an exclusive instructional dvd brings Sonia's message of real beauty to life.

You'll get more than how-tos here. You'll get a new sense of confidence. And that, Sonia says, is "the most beautiful thing any woman can wear."

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FOUNDATION

Most of us keep our foundation as close as our ATM card. And just like crisp cash, we tend to "spend" too much of it. That's the most common problem women make—putting foundation all over their face when that's very rarely needed. When you get the right shade, and know how and where to use it, you'll find you need very little.

But first—which form do you choose? There are sticks, liquids, creams and powders. If you have normal skin, you're fine with anything. Dry skin is best with a cream or a liquid—these glide easily over the skin. Oily skin is best with an oil-free liquid but a powder foundation's even better.

I almost always advocate the sheerest coverage possible. I like to see real skin through any foundation. It has life in it—freckles and little idiosyncrasies are what make you . . . you. Liquid is the sheerest form of foundation. Powder and dual finish powder are less sheer. And cream can be the heaviest, most opaque of all.

Once you choose what to use, you can still control the amount of coverage. With a cream or liquid, use a damp sponge or—my favorite tool for applying foundation—fingertips. I typically squirt some from my favorite pump formula onto the back of my hand and dab on from there. This warms it somewhat, and I don't have to deal with a dispenser while I apply.

To build more coverage, apply in thin layers, using a gentle patting motion so you never pull on the skin. You can also go to super sheer by blending cream or liquid foundations with a bit of moisturizer. With a pressed powder foundation, you can apply wet or dry with a sponge. Wet, you get more coverage. Dry will be more sheer.

It's also good to think ahead to what makeup you plan to apply over your foundation. Cream products are compatible with cream foundations. Powder colors work best over powder foundations.

So—cream blush on top of a dual finish foundation? Bad idea. The powder will "grab" the cream blush and you won't be able to blend it into place. Powder blush on top of a liquid or cream foundation? Also a bad idea—unless you brush loose powder over the foundation to create a compatible surface for your powder blush. Similarly, cream eyeshadows should go over a cream foundation; powder shadows over powder.

A final word about finish: if you've used a cream foundation, your face will be dewy. If you want creams to go matte, add a final dusting of loose powder.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
I was totally surprised about the DVD I found in the back of this book. I was just expecting a book. I love the new book "Real Beauty", she seems to kinda repeats herself alot though. But the DVD is awesome. It shows you some really nice eye looks and she really goes into detail and goes over and over so that you really can master what you are trying to acheive. She goes step by step on how to appy foundation, concealer, powder, lipstick & gloss, blush (both cream and powder) and of course eyes. You get to see Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington without makeup. You get to see that models are not perfect like we all think. Highly Recommend
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By María Díaz on September 26, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is a totally refreshing approach to makeup. In the style of Bobbi Brown, Sonia Kashuk encourages women to feel beautiful no matter what they look like. Her approach to makeup is natural, but does give you a few tricks on achieving certain looks (i.e. the smoky eye). She also is a little bit more relaxed regarding "makeup rules". Amazingly enough, the best part of the book is the video! I have bought many books on makeup (Bobbi Brown, Kevyn Aucoin, Linda Mason) and I have never learned so many new and completely natural tricks and techniques than from Sonia's video, it is amazing!!! I truly reccomend this book if you want to learn how to look perfect but not "made up".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2004
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I'm the mom to 3 (4,3, and 6 mos.) and had let myself go, was discouraged about my appearance. I really wanted to turn myself around, in health, weight and appearance. My hubby decreed 2004 the "year of mommy's makeover" and made this one of my Xmas presents (he found it himself). I was a bit skeptical, but once I read it, I was hooked. While I've worn makeup on and off for years, I learned a lot. The chapter on foundation, concealer and powder was worth the book - I finally have a clue how to use concealer properly! Also loved the chapter on eyes and learned how to use eyeliner in a natural way. She has a lot of little tricks of the trade that help when applying makeup (and now seem obvious after reading them!). I'm having a lot of fun playing and trying different products. I also loved the section with the magazine editors - it was great to hear from beauty experts who look at gorgeous women all day. Their views were really neat. I love her attitude about what beauty is, because I feel the same way. It's great to know you don't need to wear 50 products and spend two hours a day to look good. I don't want to be a supermodel, I just want to look more polished and feel better about me, and this book was a great help.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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I read the other reviews and do not agree with the negative ones. I never was taught how to use foundation, loose powder, concealer, etc. After reading this book and watching the included dvd, I completely understand how to use makeup and how to apply it. The dvd included clears up any questions raised in the book (for example- how to use foundation around the lipline before applying lipliner.)I have the bobbi brown books which give some good tips, but Sonia's way is much more approachable and helps you not to be intimidated by the cosmetic counter! She explains in her dvd how to hold makeup brushes, explains why you'd use powder vs cream blush, etc. I Her line at Target is pretty great too if you're looking for a line of make-up, but you don't need to use her line to get all the benefits from this book. Give it a try!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Cecchi on December 29, 2003
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Sonia Kashuk reminds us we all have beauty and it is about being our personal best. I have some facial distortion left over from bells palsy. I felt like a clown in make-up. I quit wearing it. Now I am wearing some again and applying it differently....for my age and my current face thanks to this book. I was stuck in the time machine and now have updated my look. I'm back today ordering this as a gift to my adult daughters.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Saints Fan on May 1, 2004
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I love this book! I checked it out of the library to see if I wanted to buy it and I'm completely sold... The photos are gorgeous, the book is informative and the dvd is awesome.
Alot of people are complaining about the book not explaining everything step-by-step, but that's what the dvd is for. It's sometimes hard to read instructions or to look at a photo and see if you're doing it right. If you watch the different sections after reading each chapter, you can watch exactly how she does everything.
The book goes in depth, contains all the information, has step by step instructions (just not photos for them), lists all the supplies and even explains how beauty is not just skin deep. Apart from the makeup and nail sections, there are sections on skin care, teeth, eating healthy, fitness and just caring for yourself in general. The dvd shows you how to put all your new found knowlege to use. I especially loved the concealer part... I realized that models have blemishes, too. It's just that they can find a makeup artist to make them 'disappear'!
I'm definitely going to buy this set and another one for my sister. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2006
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I've never been a big makeup wearer, but as I've hit my 30's, I've become more interested in wearing makeup to enhance my look. I bought Kashuk's book last year, and it's been great!

The book is extremely practical, and Kashuk walks the reader through each and every step in doing makeup application. She also includes many close-up photos so you can see exactly what she is doing and really learn her techniques. To make it even better, the book also includes a DVD where you can see Kashuk at work. I've pulled the DVD out several times over the past year to brush up on the techniques.

Kashuk also breaks things down for the reader so you see exactly how she applies each product. After covering all of the various steps in the makeup process in individual chapters, she then devotes an entire chapter to showing how a made-up face comes together step by step.

While Kashuk does use beautiful models and actresses as her subjects, what I like is that she emphasizes bringing out what's unique about each individual. She also shows many variations and color options; several times, she'll use the same model and show two different looks so you can see these options.

Overall, it's a great book! I recently bought Bobbi Brown's Beauty and it doesn't hold a candle to this one.
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