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Timeless Makeup Paperback – September 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
* good overview of the tools/brushes to have in your makeup toolbox
* nice overview of the best formulations of makeup for the over-40 age group
* fantastic step-by-step instructions of how to do things like contour your face to visually lift it
* excellent breakdown of how shape your brows in order to lift your eyes; the sample photos are really valuable
* nice section on selecting glasses and modifying your makeup to wear with glasses
The two main negatives have to do in the section called Looks at the back of the book, where Morris gives you twenty-six makeup looks broken down into steps. While I love this section, most of the photos are so tiny that they are impossible to see, especially for over-forty eyes. This instructions here could also be much more detailed. For instance, the cover look with the winged eyeliner was a reason I bought this book since I struggle to do winged eyeliner on myself. While Morris gives the excellent tip of using Scotch tape to get the angle right, she doesn't explain how to graduate the liner along the lash line, so that it starts thin at the inner edge of the eye and widens out. Those are the kind of small tips that I was hoping this book would contain.
That being said, this is still a nice book to add to your makeup library. The women in it are stunning, and I love seeing how women over fifty can still rock a smoky eye or red lip and look elegant and classy while doing so. It inspired me to not be afraid of bolder makeup, even at my age.
She doesn't seem to have a feel for ordinary women the way that Bobbi Brown and certainly Carmindy do. Most older women are short on time often taking care of dependent children, elderly relatives and working at the same time. They are often far sighted , making applying intricate eye makeup extremely difficult without their glasses (especially if their hands have become less steady). Rae Morris' makeup techniques require a ton of time, very good eyesight, and perfect manual dexterity. Most makeup manuals have a quick and easy 10-minute makeup chapter. This one does not.
The makeup techniques are from the 70's and 80's which is not a good idea for people who actually wore makeup in the 70's and '80s. We're talking major contouring and dark eyeliner all around the eyes which makes you looked dated and older at the same time even when expertly applied. And let's face it, not many mature women are going to have the time or the talent to expertly apply it. I hate the look of contouring. It looks incredibly phony and only works in photographs of very young models. It looks horrible on real life people older than 20. That dark, gel eyeliner completely around the eye looks so dated and flatters no one.
Rae Morris also recommends redrawing your brows to make them look less arched, even if that is their natural shape. REALLY!?
I enjoyed this book. Beauty has no age limits and the clever application of makeup will help women look their best regardless of years. Thoughtful consideration of changes and subtle adjustments can make a world of difference. The sophisticated, polished makeups will inspire and encourage all women. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of good advice in the text, but the tiny pictures make the tutorials almost useless. The pics should be bigger, and there should be more of them.Published 15 months ago by Lilah
Not worth the money. There was nothing new to add to the tips I gained from magazines. The font in the book large too. Why do they enlarge the font like that?…Published 22 months ago by Unknown
went to some of the websites noted...sites were either gone or products out of stock. Not sure this was the book for me.Published on December 10, 2013 by Geri L. Custer
I got this book from the library (I will end up buying it) and was amazed at how many wonderful and practical tips/instructions/photographs there were to enhance our natural... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Star of the Sea
Beautiful pictures, some good advice, but over all not that great. There is nothing really new in it and practical tips like in the ones in the books from Bobbi Brown are missing... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by roffel
This book would be good for ages 50+. I was not expecting it to be so focused on older ages. The synopsis, other reviews and photo on the cover did not give this impression. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Bec
This book is packed with great tips and photographs and detailed explanations on how to achieve the various looks. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Omani1