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Looking Younger: Makeovers That Make You Look as Young as You Feel Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Jones, Robert. Looking Younger: Makeovers That Make You Look as Young as You Feel. Fair Winds: Quayside. 2008. 256p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-59233-317-2. pap. $21.95. PERSONAL GROOMING
In Looking Younger, hair and makeup artist and author Jones delivers an illustrated makeover solutions guide to enhance a woman's beauty no matter her age. Jones sticks to makeup application, which is his expertise. His tips and techniques to turn back the clock are practical, with good detail and instruction. Readers learn to apply makeup to cover typical age-related beauty problems such as puffy eyelids, uneven skin tones, and wrinkles. Before and after color photographs of women of different ages and ethnicity show real-life application and transformation through simple and subtle makeup changes. The folio-sized book is an easy read, with sound advice for women of any age. Recommended for public libraries
. -- Library Journal, Oct 15, 2008

About the Author

Robert Jones did not necessarily start out on this career path. Robert showed promise as an artist as early as age 6 and was pushed, or maybe we should say, encouraged to pursue painting and drawing. He competed and won a scholarship to study at a prestigious art school at age 11. After seven long years of intense art training he wanted more and decided to get more. From there he attended a performing arts high school where he majored in theatre. It is there he first dabbled in makeup, applying painting principles to the face. Growing with three sisters he always had the opportunity to prove he was naturally gifted at working with hair. He was also able to put that talent to use in school performances. Upon graduating, his advisors expressed their belief that he should pursue his natural gifts. From there he attended school and worked to get his license to do hair.

After a number of years in a salon, he once again wanted more. With his life motto “just jump and figure out how to make it work later,” he got the opportunity to work with new models at an agency. From there one thing lead to another and the rest is history. Now with more than 20 something years in the beauty industry he has traveled the world working with so many amazing people.

His work has appeared in countless magazines such as Allure, Vogue, Marie Claire, InStyle, Shape, Life and Style, Glamour, Brides Magazine, and Elle. He has worked with celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claire Danes, Selena Gomez, Eve Best, Sheryl Crow, Laura Linney, Natascha McElhone, Delta Burke, Diahann Carroll and many others. He has worked with beauty clients such as Mary Kay, Almay, Olay, Avon, Nexxus, Clinique, Chanel, Prescriptive and Christian Dior, as well as fashion clients such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales just to name a few.

He has a signature line of brushes and beauty tools available online at http://www.robertjonesbeauty.com and will be in stores soon. Robert also has an online makeup academy that can help anyone become the makeup expert that he or she wishes to be at http://www.robertjonesbeautyacademy.com. He is a bestselling author of five books, including Makeup Makeovers; Makeup Makeovers: Weddings; Looking Younger; Makeup Makeovers: Beauty Bible; and Makeup Makeovers in 5,10,15,20 Minutes.

Robert has lived in Europe and New York, but now has chosen to be back in Texas, with his other half Chip and fur baby Gigi, as much as possible, especially since work keeps him in the travel mode constantly.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592333176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592333172
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked the advice given on application. As a 37 year old woman, I have found myself putting on more foundation to try to make my skin look better. As most already know, this didn't tend to work as well as I had hoped. I was making myself look older when my intent was to make myself look more polished (and my Lord, where did those ginormous pores come from!?). I had also noticed the eye makeup I was wearing was making me look tired--I have slightly over-plucked brows and dark circles under my eyes, so my age was beginning to show there, too. The step-by-step process aided me in applying better, not more, and the result was a softer yet still polished look. I got a compliment today about how good I looked, even though I was tired from a restless night's sleep. That alone was worth the cost of the book.
The only downside to the book is the pictures. Look closely--these pictures are obviously airbrushed. Also, I think the end result in the photos is unrealistic. These already gorgeous women had their makeup applied by a professional, which probably took 90+ minutes. The photos were immediately taken, and then the photos retouched to remove crows feet, pores, shine, under eye bags, and other imperfections. Nice to sell the book, I suppose, but not really representative of what the average woman should expect to achieve with 10 minutes in the morning and no time to really touch up during the day.
All things considered, I think this is the most helpful advice on cosmetics for the over-35 crowd that I have encountered.
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I could not wait to get this based upon recommendations of other makeup artist friends and through online reviews. When I got it, however, I was disappointed.

Although I managed to garner a few tips from this book, none of them were from what the book SAID, but what was NOT said yet was photographed.

For instance, I noticed in the inner waterline, the photographs showed that Robert Jones lined the whole corner in a dark color. that really made a big difference.

In none of his books did I find a reference at all to this. It was done in the photos but never referred to.

The trick for puffy eyes- does not work in real life like they show in the photos which appear to be photoshopped.

Every woman in his books seem to turn out looking the exact same. I never said anything, and my daughter said "Mom, they all look the same- why would you want to do THAT?"

My husband was thumbing through the book one day and said, "This looks like the makeup book for the Stepford wives"

That is pretty much how I was feeling. This book is the same book rehashed as his earlier book which also was a disappointment. The models are all younger with a few exceptions. The techniques are the same.

The results make the women look like clones, not like they are uniquely themselves at all. As a makeup artist, I find that the author's understanding of colors and palettes is a bit off, which could be why each woman looks the same.

I prefer makeup that makes each woman shine for who SHE is, not because she looks like everyone else. I would give this book one star, but the photos are nice and there are a few things of value that I saw in it which make it worth reading.
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Growing up, my mom didn't wear makeup (it was considered sinful) and so I was not allowed to wear or experiment with cosmetics. After I got married, my mother-in-law taught me a few things but I never wore much make-up except at special occasions. After almost 30 years, I felt I was ready for a change.

I love this book! It covers every aspect of make-up you could think of from purchasing to using the correct products for your face. This book tells you how to chose the right type (liquid, mineral powder, etc) and the right shade (based on your skins undertone and depth of shade) of foundation for your skin. There is a chapter on eyebrows, a chapter on cheeks and a chapter on lips (yes-you can make your lips look bigger and poutier without injections)! The author shows you how to apply both foundation and eyeshadow based on the shape of your face or eyes. The chapter on eyes tells you not only how to apply the products correctly to "fix" minor imperfections (close set eyes, wide set eyes, hooded eyes) but also which colors of shadow are the most complimentary to your eye color. There are chapters on preparing your face for make-up and which tools to use (there are several pages on just brushes).

I also like the fact that it is geared towards the mature reader because lets face it, what looks good on a 20 or 30 something would not look good on a 50 year old. I would have given this book 5 stars except for the fact that it is VERY similar to his other book, using the same models and everything. However, the question and answer sections scattered throughout the book almost makes up for this shortcoming.
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robert jones book Looking Younger- is a refreshing account of the Real woman, and her needs to look younger without surgery!!- no other makeup book gives you the information that he shares!
I appreciate a book that shows Real woman putting on her makeup- not having it done for her, and especially Chapter 11- becoming younger step by step- it helps those that are easily intimidated ( like me ) to see what to do- and why you would do it!
Finally a book about the Real woman!! Not the celebrities and overtly dramatic befores that make the afters into a reality show. I think robert really speaks to the real woman that goes to the makeup counter so unsure- but wanting to understand- robert gives me that confidence now
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