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Trish McEvoy: The Power of Makeup: Looking Your Level Best at Every Age Hardcover – November 5, 2003


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"What's not to love about makeup?" asks McEvoy, a makeup artist to the stars and the founder of an eponymous cosmetics company, in this highly polished, vividly photographed and clearly written how-to makeup manual. According to the author, "there is simply nothing that is more transforming or more glamorizing" than makeup. To prove it, McEvoy focuses on three tiers of make up users: light, medium and max, and methodically describes specific application techniques for each level and their results. Also offered are basic lessons on skin care, hints on sifting through and discarding old cosmetics, ways to restock with the right tools, and methods to determine what you need (and avoid getting taken for a ride) at the cosmetics counter. Even though the models in her book boast perfectly sculpted cheekbones and creamy complexions, McEvoy offers plenty of suggestions for the less-than-exquisitely featured reader. And who can doubt McEvoy is a true believer in the power of makeup when the priestess of cover and blush proclaims: "My love for brushes has never diminished"? This heart-felt approach to the power of powder and eyeliner will make even the most cosmetic-weary woman reconsider the merits of make up. 223 color photos.
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Lavishly illustrated with beautiful full-color photographs of women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles, "Trish McEvoy: The Power of Makeup covers: - Identifying an individual's makeup level- The basics of skin care- Finding the right tools and getting organized- A glossary of textures and techniques- Makeup secrets to look younger- How to maximize the at-the-counter experience- Trish's advice on feeling good and looking great
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (November 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743250362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743250368
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And what tips were there weren't accompanied by very many illustrations.
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Granted, it is good to know who the author is and how they know what they do, I do not need to know everything about her experience and her husband's job.
Marissa
I strongly believe that when we feel great about the way we look we feel we can take on the world!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marissa on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Although this book was somewhat helpful deciding what products were really necessary in my makeup bag, I felt that it was more of Trish McEvoy's autobiography than anything. If I want to read a book on makeup, I would like the majority of information to be ON makeup. Granted, it is good to know who the author is and how they know what they do, I do not need to know everything about her experience and her husband's job. In some places, it did have fairly average how-to information. If you want to know more about makeup and what looks good, I would suggest reading any of the Bobbi Brown beauty books.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Krista L. Hennessey on January 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have waited for years for this book (and am still waiting for the web-site). I met Trish in London at Harvey Nichols. She is full of life, knows exactly what she's doing, and has a true gift; however, this book does not showcase any of her talent. Where is the instruction? The basic editing that would tell you that it should be Cherry Red Lip Gloss not Sherry Red Lip Gloss on the back cover and page 129 fails. Sherry Red Lip Gloss is not made. It is a tiresome typo. Page 18 is credited with Deep Aubergine Definer when it is clearly Deep Amethyst. She says foundation before concealer in the book but the directions on her concealer say to apply BEFORE foundation. Help? Her own portrait on page 20 is not credited. I had to call three stores, Dallas, Boston and New York, to try and find out what she is wearing in the picture. Needless to say all three Trish experts had differing opinions about what make up she is wearing. All the brushes she mentions are called by a name but you have to order them by a number so you must research and match names and numbers to get the right product. Finally, the aging section is frightfully weak, (I am 37) when you consider that the women who can afford Trish are not twenty etc. I can't help but think that Trish was pushed into this book, and it was a one draft disaster. I own only Trish McEvoy Cosmetics and Brushes. After this disappointing effort, I am going to check out Sonia at Target. Sorry Trish, but her book is better in every way. I only hope her products are as well.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is very attractive, and there's sound basic advice. If you're a Trish McEvoy cosmetics devotee, you might enjoy all the references to her products and her approach to makeup and lifestyle. If you're not and have already read books by Kevyn Aucoin or Bobbi Brown, you might find this book disappointing.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Eliza on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Useless, if you're looking for guidance in how to apply makeup and select colors that flatter your complexion. The primary focus of this book is the sale of additional Trish McEvoy products, such as the makeup bag, cosmetic line, etc.
The book very quickly walks through how to apply eye makeup, using one style (classic eye) with no variations for different eye shapes or complexions. The book also provides guidance on how to convert a standard paintbrush into a makeup brush. Other than that, it contains nothing that is helpful...the content is merely self promotion and platitudes.
This book was a waste of money. There aren't even very many pictures. Try Making Up by Rex, instead. It might be a bit outdated (some of the fanatasy suggestions are 80ish) but it gives you solid technique that can be applied to enhance any face or complexion.
I'm giving it 2 stars because of the class eye discussion, which was nicely illustrated. However, one makeup tip in an entire book is not worth the price.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on February 9, 2004
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This is a coffee-table book, not a helpful how-to book. I can see how someone who is already very knowledgable might like it, as it is almost a sonnet to makeup.
I had been hoping for something to help me start applying makeup after many years away from it, and I found only about eight pages that were useful to me. I bought this as an investment in my own personal grooming, and as that it fell completely flat. I gave it two stars because it is not totally without merit.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book tells as much about the author as about the art of applying makeup--and all of it is good. Ms. McEvoy was born to do what she does, and she does it with enormous integrity and dedication. It is revealing that she spends 6 pages graciously thanking the people who have helped her along the way. I am a loyal fan of her line and have had the pleasure of meeting her on a couple of occasions. She is unfailingly kind and attentive. Whether you use her cosmetics or not (and you should--they're top of the heap), and whether you spend 5 minutes or 30 minutes applying your makeup, you'll find something useful in this book. Extremely attractive design as well. I withheld one star only because I would like to have seen a bit more in the way of face-charting to explain the makeup applications.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M D K on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that although I love make-up, I have always been a little intimidated by the process. I would definitely classify myself as a novice. I have had make-up lessons, and while they were helpful, the application was always too dramatic for every-day wear. And then I picked up the Power of Beauty, the new book by Trish McEvoy and it all made sense. It is written like your girlfriend is teaching you, only imagine your girlfriend is a make-up guru who REALLY knows what she is talking about. It is easy to understand and offers make-up tips for all kind of wear and expertise. The book is a real god-send whether you need a little or a lot of help!!!
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