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The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age Paperback – March 22, 2011
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“In a youth-obsessed culture, aging can be difficult. But celebrity makeup artists Johnson and Linter provide an age-defying beauty guide that enables women to minimize flaws and maximize their beauty. Unlike most beauty books, this resource focuses on the concerns of women entering middle age and beyond, such as sun damage, hormonal acne, sagging skin, fine lines, and thinning hair. Readers are given step-by-step makeup techniques and advice on how to deal with the inevitable changes and look their best. Celebrities and models also speak candidly about their beauty secrets and regimes. Included are color photos of actress Sigourney Weaver, singer Debbie Harry, and models Veronica Webb, Carol Alt, and Cheryl Tiegs, among others. The shots of models with and without makeup illustrate the differences correct techniques can make. For those considering cosmetic procedures, a team of medical experts discuss pros, cons, and alternatives.
Verdict: This book takes the fear out of getting older. The authors thoroughly cover what women can do to look good as they age. A highly recommended reference readers will turn to time and again.”
Oprah.com, April 2011
“full of sharp advice”
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that was it...until I read " The Makeup Wakeup". I was inspired and bought some of their recommendations, sat down and started
playing, following the very easy to understand visual directions. Suddenly, I looked so much younger and, I might add, so much
prettier! I can't believe it! My eyes really sparkle, my brows are now brushed and filled in and I've thrown away all the old makeup
that had been sitting in my drawer for the last ten years. I'm even using a soft colored lip pencil which defines the shape of my
mouth. This book is FABULOUS!!!! Thank you Lois and Sandy, you've changed my life. P.S. My husband keeps telling me how
lovely I look.
I look forward to adding some new cosmetics and tools based on the chapter suggestions and my makeup kit's deficiencies. Surprisingly, I found that my fav makeup items were included in the authors' recommendations, so I was already "onto" some key makeup items that work well for aging skin and faces! Now that I know so much more about which processes, products and tools will likely yield a favorable result, I'll shop more confidently at the higher-priced makeup counters... I may even save money because I can more easily avoid buying the items that are aging and/or dated.
Kudos to the authors! And many thank yous to you both for affirming and inspiring this lady who has accepted her reality that she'll never look 25 again!
Still, it was interesting to find out how people with money do their faces and see the final result (it was sort of like More magazine on steroids, as far as the finished results were shown)
If you have a lot of money to spend, this book will tell you exactly how to spend it. If you don't, and you can get this book on the cheap, then it will be an interesting read.
Step Three: Consider cosmetic surgery!
"How Former Models Look Fabulous With and Without Makeup and Surgery" That’s what this book should have been called.
The genetically blessed will ALWAYS look better than the unblessed. Almost all of the women covered in this book have nearly perfect facial geometry. That’s why they were models. Even Lauren Ezersky, who is mildly different looking, has good overall structure. Kim Alexis (cover) is somewhat of a gold standard. That should have been a red flag when I bought it.
I understand why women would want to know about ALL of their options like surgery and expensive makeup. I understand why aging models want to have work done or wear makeup. I understand why people would want to read about aging models and look at their photos. So give it a different title.
I guess I just don’t think it’s all that meaningful to show a bunch of beautiful women looking slightly more defined with makeup. It’s like holding up Raquel Welch as an example of aging well — talk about winning the genetic lottery!
It was fun to see models I remembered from years ago, but I couldn't relate to anyone in this book, except maybe Deborah Harry (photographed at odd angles in a section on facelifts, not makeup) and one of the authors, Lois Joy Johnson, who is less perfect looking than the well-proportioned Sandy Linter, and who appears relatively infrequently in the photos. Sandy Linter looks so good in her "before" photo (p273), that she doesn’t need to wear makeup. I am wondering if so many stellar reviews are from other models, the ever-present wishful thinkers who just buy stuff from beautiful people, or people who just really like the authors (who do seem to be nice).
I did like the short section at the very end called "The To-Do List" with 20 steps and photos for each. This broke it down and made it simple. But I've gotten much more out of "Forever Beautiful With Rex", "Carmindy's 5 Minute Face", and youtube videos (like DiamondsAndHeels14 and gossmakeupartist).
For me, makeup is about optical illusion. I guess I'd rather have a book about improving average looking women. And I do think that was the title's implication.