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Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority Hardcover – April 15, 2008

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About the Author

Melissa Schweiger is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in Women's Wear Daily, Interview, Marie Claire, Redbook, Hamptons, Seventeen, and In Style, and on Sephora.com. Most recently, she was a fashions feature editor at Marie Claire. Prior to that, she was a beauty editor at Sephora.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061466409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061466403
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This breezy and attractive book is for beginners only. The tips and suggestions contributed by beauty industry luminaries could have just as easily been culled from the beauty sections of major women's magazines. Actual instruction, which includes basic hair, skin, brow and makeup application including the ubiquitous "smoky eye", is minimal and very basic. The book appears designed for young Caucasian females with very little for persons of other races or ages.

The bulk of the book is devoted to products that are, not surprisingly, available at Sephora outlets. Lists of the contributors' favorite products scarcely justify the cost of the book. What works for them may not work for you, although you might be tempted to check out a Sephora store.

If you are thirteen and a makeup newbie, you will most likely enjoy this book. It is beautifully photographed and written in a light, easy style. However, if you wish to take your makeup to the next level or are seeking to address a cosmetic challenge, you will be disappointed.
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I ordered this book to help my teenaged stepdaugther see how make-up should be applied. Instead, this was just a big advertisement for Sephora make-up. Granted, I should have expected this based on the title, but I figured there would be more pictures included. But I don't think Sephora should charge any money for a book that is basically advertising for their products. This book should be a hand-out they give in their stores or charge a minimal fee for, but should not be marketed outside their stores. I returned the book for a refund.
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It's an okay book. Great for beginners. Perfect if if you want to know the BRANDS, as this book is loaded with it. Personally, I didn't really learn anything new. I would actually recommend visiting their website and view the how-to videos there instead of buying this book.

If you want to have a makeup book that's focused on how-to's and which-color's, order Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris.
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I am a makeup junky and Sephora is my favorite store. The techniques they discussed were pretty basic such as, "concealer is great for covering under eye circles!" But some of them weren't like using a brush to apply concealer in order to get more even coverage and to conserve product. (I was in college before I figured that one out.) There were also some interesting tips that I'd never heard before, like contouring with tanner to make your ankles look smaller. There is a certain amount of fluff (I don't really care what the founder of Urban Decay does all day) but all and all it's not a bad book.

Most of the negative reviews I saw were people unhappy with the amount of products featured. For me, that's why I bought the book. All makeup is not created equal. You will get a better result from a jar of Bare Minerals foundation than you will from a jar of Cover Girl. I'm not saying something has to be expensive to be good, because there are some really great drug store products out there, but sometimes expensive does mean better. It's hard to figure out what stuff works well, and when it comes to the more expensive brands, I want to make sure it works before I buy it. That's why I loved all of the products featured. It saves me time. Sephora lets you try out just about every product for yourself but testing out every brand of lipstick can be time consuming and with some things like acne treatment, trying in the store doesn't help much. It's nice to have recommendations.
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I bought this book because I am such a fan of the stores and website and was SO disappointed and really feel cheated. This is nothing more than a hardcover book for the products they sell with some make-up tips thrown in and you probably know most of them. The one mention of applying eyeshadow doesn't even have close-up pictures so you can really see what they are doing. And for the kicker, there is a big section just on the founders of the all the make-up companies who sell their products at Sephora-what a waste!! Don't spend your money on this-you can surf their web site for free.
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I was excited when I saw this book in my Sephora catalog. As a makeup junkie, I have always been a fan of Sephora and drove three hours to the nearest store until one went in a mall near me a couple of years ago.
It is true, the book is much like a much-expanded version of the store's catalog. The tips there are sound, there just isn't any information in the book that will be new to someone who is not a complete beginner to the world of makeup.
On a positive note, I was glad to see model Maggie Rizer on the book's cover.
Bottom line: if I had the opportunity to look at the book before I bought it, I would not have bought it. As it is, I expect it will languish in my bookcase. If I had a friend or young relative who was new to the world of makeup, I would be glad to pass it on to her.
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I bought this used but looks brand new. So much information in a very creative and fun layout. It capsulizes on the many designers pivitol points and inspirations. More information than I had expected. It isn't a book that makes you feel like you must buy a zillion products to look nice. Great tips. Well sectioned. It doesn't matter if you are a make up artist or just someone wanting to learn a variety of techniques. this is really good.
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