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Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman's Beauty Issues and Make-Up Dilemmas Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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About the Author
JEMMA KIDD has been a leading international make-up artist since 1999. She has worked with many celebrities including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. In 2003 Jemma founded an academy to train professional make-up artists and to offer make-up workshops to women of all ages. Jemma has three distinctive make-up brands: The Jemma Kidd Make Up School and Jemma Kidd PRO are sold in major stores and The JK brand is retailed through Target. She is the author of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Masterclass.
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This is easy to follow while being full of insights used by the pro's. Her approach is "show and tell"- there are pictures or photos depicting every step without overloading the reader. Best of all, after reading this book, I find her highly credible. She shares her preferred products - some are fancy but quite a few can be found in your local drugstore. Her information is useful. accessible and practical. In short, she's the real deal- her tips make sense and can easily be incorporated in any beauty routine.
I was especially impressed with her knowledge and understanding about how what you directly eat impacts what you see in the mirror. This was extremely informative, especially the recommendations offered (telling readers what to eat to help common complaints). I have not seen this explained so clearly or comprehensively as she did.
This isn't about how to apply make-up but so much more. She clearly thought about it from a reader perspective- addressing and providing solutions for many different kinds of women. First book I read from her and will certainly not be the last. I'm a big fan. Every woman (from 15-70) should own a copy.
Thanks for all the useful feedback, Jemma!
I also bought it for a school Secret Santa for a 13 year old girl - she absolutely loves it and so do her friends. This is a great gift for any woman from 13- on up. I have to buy another one because a friend took mine overseas...I really need that book - I have a few events to go to and I need the excellent guidelines for day/night/glamour/office/skincare and diet. If you buy this book and leave it on your table or coffee table,woman will find it engrossing, informative and entertaining. Highly recommended.
The book is divided in to two sections: Part 1 'Making Make-up Work for You' which includes working with your skin-tone, best looks for different eye shapes and even recreating iconic make-up looks like Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. Part 2: 'The Problem Solver' addresses multiple beauty & skincare concerns, including how to use make-up to look younger...perfect!! There are also 5 minute examples of a 'date' look and 'work' look to name just a couple.
Jemma has a wonderful writing style of educating women without patronising them and instead gives them the tools to use make-up with confidence. I am so impressed with this book that I plan to purchase more for my girlfriends as birthday/Christmas gifts as I know they will love it too. Highly highly recommended.
The book covers the basics well, with many other looks to consider for when you are past the beginning stage. Ms. Kidd explains herself with well-rounded information and plenty of photos. Nearly 50 pages (of 224) are dedicated to eye makeup. This includes 5 different shaped eyes and a nice superimposed photo of the nostril to whole eye area, mapping out and labeling the specific parts for distinct clarity. This clarity is consistent throughout the book.
Personally I find the format of how the text and visuals are laid out, are almost without concern for balance or flow. The information is there, but it could be a top-notch book if the layout was given a better artistic esthetic. My copy is hardcover and the quality of the book is excellent, and the size is large enough without being too cumbersome considering it can be used as a text book of sorts.
If you want a well-rounded make-up how-to library, then you would not be disappointed to add this to your shelf. The information is presented in an understandable, easy to read manner with some fresh insights on makeup. (I never saw a citrus corrector before this...). I like that Ms. Kidd likes Dove Beauty Bar for a cleanser, Oil of Olay and Neutrogena moisturizers. This is an example of her realistic approach to looking your best.