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Get Positively Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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'In a perfect world, Carmindy would make house calls ... ' -- The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Carmindy was raised in Southern California, where she started doing makeup fifteen years ago. Today she is the makeup artist on TLC's #1 show What Not to Wear and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CBN, as well as in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Elle, O, Glamour, Self, Lucky, GQ, Essence, Details, Marie Claire, and InStyle. She lives in New York City with her husband. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Carmindy's advice is heavy on pep talk. It's a very positive book.
She also delivers precise, clear tips (with a product list at the back of the book) for specific issues. The question-and-answer sections -- broken into sections such as eyes, skin, etc. -- are also helpful and cover a wide range of ages, skin types, and skin tones and colors.
I'm a former model and now "of a certain age"... meaning over 50. While I have some "Where do I start?" issues, and her Q&A section answered several questions for me, this wasn't my favorite makeup book. (I highly recommend The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age for anyone over 40, and certainly for 50+, 60+, and beyond.)
In "Get Positively Beautiful," I really liked Carmindy's photo illustration showing exactly what makeup she carries when she travels. I also appreciated her advice for air travel, including getting on board wearing no makeup and lots of moisturizer. (I routinely do that, knowing I don't look my best at the boarding gate.)
Carmindy's five-minute face advice was intriguing enough that I've ordered her book, The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman to learn more.
My favorite part of this book included the before & after photos. One woman in that section had my coloring and style, so I learned from it. Another had my skin type (and related issues), so I learned from what I saw there, as well.
All in all, I like this book but it didn't offer as many "ah-HA!" moments as I might have liked. "Get Positively Beautiful" is probably a great choice for any woman who's not sure about her looks or the best makeup to bring out her most attractive features. The "positively" part of the title is key: Carmindy is being very upbeat and positive when she assures readers that no one has a perfect face, and highlighting your best features can transform any (and every) woman.
(Note: I'm not suggesting that rave reviews have come from women with self-esteem issues. It's just that -- many years ago -- having spent a lot of time in a chair, having someone create a "look" for me, to fit a specific designer or show, I've heard a lot of this before. I wanted a little more from the nuts-and-bolts side of face design.)
Fans of "What Not to Wear" will practically hear Carmindy's voice in the text, and the book design is very stylish.
Carmindy didn't write this book for absolutely everyone. That's always a smart decision for an author. She's speaking to a specific audience, and doing so beautifully.
I don't regret buying this book, because I picked up some useful tips and encouragement. I think her "5-Minute Face" book is probably the one I'll enjoy more.
But, for a little of everything, a gentle introduction to your best looks, and lots of Carmindy-ish encouragement, "Get Positively Beautiful" is a good choice.