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The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face Hardcover – October 24, 2006

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A Beauty Junkie at Heart: Laura Mercier's Personal "Must Have" Cosmetic Items

I am one of the biggest beauty junkies I know. I have hundreds of products in my makeup case—anything I could possibly need for a shoot, including bags of false eyelashes and glitter. I’ll pick up things that seem interesting or unusual, products that have been recommended by someone, or an item that features new technology. Japan is a fabulous place to find the latest products. They even have colors you can’t find in the U.S. I used to be neurotic about having the latest things and the best products. Since I have my own line and I’ve been able to work with my labs on getting the best textures, the finest powders, etc., I’m much less neurotic. If I can’t find the exact thing I want, I can create it.

When it comes to products I personally use at home--not just photo shoot stuff--I’m equally obsessed. I love visiting new boutiques when I travel, whether it’s Paris or London, and discovering items I never had heard of before. I also read a lot of European magazines and check out the items recommended by the beauty editors, since they see every product that hits the market.

I’ve browsed through my bathroom and my linen closet to put together a list of my current favorites, which includes products in my Laura Mercier line and other brands. I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.--Laura Mercier

Spa Cinq Mondes Huile Somptueuse. This body oil is from small company that does organic products. It’s especially good for your skin after a sauna or a steam.

Carita Fluide de Beauté 14. I use this oil for everything—body, face and hair. You can do whatever you want with it. After-sun, bath, spa, anything. It smells like verbena and is just incredible.

Decleor face oils. These come in small glass bottles. My favorite one is neroli because I love the scent of it. You can apply the oil when you go to a sauna or steam room. It stops the face from being too dehydrated from the heat and all the warmth opens your pores and helps it penetrate better. I also massage it on the face before I do a scrub. Don’t use this before you put on makeup because it’s not a good base for cosmetics.

Laura Mercier Mega Moisturizer. This is richer than my regular moisturizer, but it’s not heavy thanks to the emu oil in the formula. It’s extremely calming and very compatible with makeup. I wear it in the winter when my skin is dry. During the rest of the year when my skin is normal, I do the regular moisturizer.

Laura Mercier Perfecting Water and Purifying Oil. These are new favorites of mine. I remove my makeup with the cleansing oil, following with a foaming cleanser and then apply the hydrating water with a cotton pad. In the middle of the summer, when we had the heat wave, I only used the hydrating water at night, no moisturizer, so I wouldn’t feel any greasiness on my face.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I use this on my lips in the winter when I need a heavy duty blanket of moisture at night. I’ve also used when my lips have burned in the sun.

Christophe Robin Lemon Cream Cleanser. Christophe is a great French hair colorist. He gave this shampoo to me and I love it because it smells so fantastic.

Nylon scrub gloves. I love scrubbing with these from my shoulders to my feet because it gives you a friction that helps your blood really circulate. It’s very active and deeper than a scrub product. Usually I use these in the shower in the morning. These gloves are great if you’re prone to ingrown hairs.

Laura Mercier Face Polish. I’m absolutely hooked on my gommage. It’s a violet-scented exfoliant and I use it every other day in the shower. It’s amazing for my pores.

Laura Mercier Lip Colour Sheer in Just Lips and Sexy Lips. I made these two for myself because I’ve always been in love with that perfect, sheer lip.

Laura Mercier Thickening & Building Black Mascara. This holds my lashes in place, thickening them without clumping. It doesn’t make them heavy or weigh them down.

Laura Mercier Bleu Marine Eyeliner. This cake liner is navy blue, almost black, and it makes the whites of the eyes really clean because of the color. If you apply between your lashes and close to your lash line, it thickens the appearance of your lash line.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. This would be my desert island product. Even though I have fairly good skin these days, the camouflage brightens the shadows on my face and makes me look less sad. It immediately makes me look a little younger.


"Laura taught me so much about applying makeup that honestly, after years of working with her, I can recreate it myself."-- Isabella Rossellini

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743296311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743296311
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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167 of 177 people found the following review helpful By D. Gaede on November 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I found out that Laura Mericer wrote a book I rushed out the door to find a copy. Well I was unpleasantly surprised to find a lack of..........well......Beauty Secrets. Very few photographs are included except for celebrities. There are line/charcoal drawings that are cute but not particularily helpful for putting on my makeup in the morning. There are no before and after photos, no interesting color combinations of eyeshadows or lip color, no pictures of the correct brush/tool to use for a specific application.....there is nothing unique about this book. I have been a customer of her products for going on 6 years and I know her cosmetic line is full of interesting products but none get showcased here. This book should be titled "Laura Mercier's musings on the Philosophy of Beauty with all my celebrity friends".

If you are seeking a book on how to apply makeup then go with Robert Jones, Kevyn Aucoin, Linda Mason etc. These book have BEAUTIFUL full page color photos. In these other books there are models and celebrities shown but also moms, sisters, lovers and friends with lots of information on how to apply makeup.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joan Reynlds on April 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed Laura Mercier's products over the years. Her makeup is top notch. This book, though, is just fluff. I would suggest you buy the Laura Mercier "Flawless Face" videotape instead. The tape costs less than the book and is a lot more useful. The tape demonstrates Mercier's application techniques. The book is just a lof of pretty pictures of celebrities.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I probably wouldn't suggest this book to someone who is new to makeup and needs to look at step by step instructions. There are lots of online tutorials that are good for that.

This book offers techniques for corrective makeup applications, color suggestions, and yes, lots of photos of celebs wearing Laura's makeup. I think these photos can be used for insiration, or to identify with the celeb's features (provided said features are not bolted on-ha ha).

If you are pretty comfortable with makeup application but want to fine tune your routine, this is a decent book. Even better if you can find it at a discounted price...more money for makeup!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cikk on January 15, 2007
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Dcalypso says it all. I regret not having taken her review more to heart. I love Laura Mercier's products and hoped for a book to match. It's a very pretty book, but not at all useful. If you want a book full of gorgeous photos of Madonna, Julia Roberts and so on, interspersed with cute watercolour sketches of Laura, Laura's dog, Laura applying makeup and so on (filler, in other words) - then go ahead and buy this book. For application mavens, go to Kevin Aucoin. I can't recommend anyone else because I only know his books - which have proper step by step photos of concealer application, for instance - not vague sketches with captions like deep set eyes showing one deep set eye with make up and one without. In a sketch. Hello? Is it just me or are sketches useless? Especially cute watercolour sketches? Hey, I think I speak for most women when I say we want step by step photos (like the great lamented K Aucoin!) - that's how the non professional can learn from the pros!

To be honest, I don't know what to do with this book. I can't imagine giving it to anyone I know. And it's so big that it's going to take up valuable space. Oh well.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Celebrity makeup artist Laura Mercier's book is just as eye-pleasing as her products plus it's chock full of advice, makeup tips and how-tos. While she is a makeup artist for some of the biggest names in entertainment - Sarah Jessica Parker (who wrote the foreword) Madonna, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few, she is also very much in tune with the average woman, offering down-to-earth, do-able at home regimens to help all of us look our best. There is an authenticity in her voice rarely found in these days of cosmetic hype.

"The New Beauty Secrets" holds 225 pages of guidance, cautions and no-nos accented by gorgeous shots of Laura's A-List clients plus fetching illustrations by Izak.

Beginning with a description of her early years in Provence Laura quickly moves to what we want to know - what will work for us, what can an individual do to optimize her appearance?

One of my favorite Lauraisms is "What makes you unique makes you beautiful." How true, but how difficult for us to accept. Most of us want to look like someone else, preferably a famous beauty. Instead, here's a mantra for all: " Change only what you can't live with, but try to accept who you are, and say yes to what makes you unique. Your confidence will make you sexier than any beauty product or accessory you could possible buy."

A chapter is devoted to brushes and beauty tools, with an emphasis on washing these items often , especially those used with creamy products should be washed daily. Next, skincare necessities are itemized with special attention to varying skin types.

Acclaimed for creating the flawless face, Laura leads us step by step from primer to foundation to cheeks, eyes, lips, and a fabulous finish.
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