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Sonia Kashuk Real Beauty Spiral-bound – March 25, 2003
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l Beauty</b>, celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk brings her professional tips to real life. She offers a fresh, fun approach, whether you like neutral, natural or totally intense. You'll learn how just one or two products can create a great look, how the right application techniques extend wear, and how the secret to putting your best face forward is enhancing what's already there.<br><br>Renowned authorities in skin care, health, fitness and nutrition also weigh in, and an exclusive instructional dvd brings Sonia's message of real beauty to life.<br><br>You'll get more than how-tos here. You'll get a new sense of confidence. And that, Sonia says, is "the most beautiful thing any woman can wear."
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Most of us keep our foundation as close as our ATM card. And just like crisp cash, we tend to "spend" too much of it. That's the most common problem women make—putting foundation all over their face when that's very rarely needed. When you get the right shade, and know how and where to use it, you'll find you need very little.
But first—which form do you choose? There are sticks, liquids, creams and powders. If you have normal skin, you're fine with anything. Dry skin is best with a cream or a liquid—these glide easily over the skin. Oily skin is best with an oil-free liquid but a powder foundation's even better.
I almost always advocate the sheerest coverage possible. I like to see real skin through any foundation. It has life in it—freckles and little idiosyncrasies are what make you . . . you. Liquid is the sheerest form of foundation. Powder and dual finish powder are less sheer. And cream can be the heaviest, most opaque of all.
Once you choose what to use, you can still control the amount of coverage. With a cream or liquid, use a damp sponge or—my favorite tool for applying foundation—fingertips. I typically squirt some from my favorite pump formula onto the back of my hand and dab on from there. This warms it somewhat, and I don't have to deal with a dispenser while I apply.
To build more coverage, apply in thin layers, using a gentle patting motion so you never pull on the skin. You can also go to super sheer by blending cream or liquid foundations with a bit of moisturizer. With a pressed powder foundation, you can apply wet or dry with a sponge. Wet, you get more coverage. Dry will be more sheer.
It's also good to think ahead to what makeup you plan to apply over your foundation. Cream products are compatible with cream foundations. Powder colors work best over powder foundations.
So—cream blush on top of a dual finish foundation? Bad idea. The powder will "grab" the cream blush and you won't be able to blend it into place. Powder blush on top of a liquid or cream foundation? Also a bad idea—unless you brush loose powder over the foundation to create a compatible surface for your powder blush. Similarly, cream eyeshadows should go over a cream foundation; powder shadows over powder.
A final word about finish: if you've used a cream foundation, your face will be dewy. If you want creams to go matte, add a final dusting of loose powder.
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The book is extremely practical, and Kashuk walks the reader through each and every step in doing makeup application. She also includes many close-up photos so you can see exactly what she is doing and really learn her techniques. To make it even better, the book also includes a DVD where you can see Kashuk at work. I've pulled the DVD out several times over the past year to brush up on the techniques.
Kashuk also breaks things down for the reader so you see exactly how she applies each product. After covering all of the various steps in the makeup process in individual chapters, she then devotes an entire chapter to showing how a made-up face comes together step by step.
While Kashuk does use beautiful models and actresses as her subjects, what I like is that she emphasizes bringing out what's unique about each individual. She also shows many variations and color options; several times, she'll use the same model and show two different looks so you can see these options.
Overall, it's a great book! I recently bought Bobbi Brown's Beauty and it doesn't hold a candle to this one.
I haven't finished reading the book yet, but the DVD that comes with it is really helpful and I found that her instruction were so easy to follow for makeup application. Sonia is all about natural beauty and that is definitely a plus, she does not try to change a person's features, just enhance them. I have been using makeup for years, but just recently decided it would be nice to know how to actually apply it and enhance my own features (especially as I enter my mid-forties). In the video, she does use real models, but that doesn't bother me at all, it is all about her easy and natural technique. The only con I can think of is that she doesn't really focus on undereye circles (as Bobbi Brown does in her books), but again, I think she is all about natural beauty and makeup and enhancing what one has (rather than covering).
And the CD jammed my computer, so I cannot review it!
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