I have a lot of beauty and Makeup books, but I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorites, Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill.
Gary Cockerill is a British makeup artist who has made up stars such as Kelly Brook, Isla Fisher, Melanie Griffith, Eva Longoria and David Beckham. This is his first book, and I bought it in 2016 and have loved it ever since.
The chapters are divided into Face, Eyes and Lips and each chapter is then split into sections.
I love how the book is beautifully illustrated and the hardcover gives the book a certain elegance. Each section is highly detailed and gives lots of information and step by step instructions.
In the face section, for example, he goes into detail about how to look after your skin and how different skin types need a different type of skincare. He also looks at skin issues such as dark circles, redness, age spots etc.
He then goes into great detail about foundation, concealer, bronzer, powder and everything else face related such as skin tones and colour correction. All the pages are illustrated with real people and you see before, during and after photos. The sections on eyes and lips equally detailed and illustrated. The thing I especially like about this book is that it covers all ages and skin tones.
This is a makeup he did on his 50-year-old sister. It shows her before photo, details the products and colours he uses and gives step by step instruction on exactly what he is doing and why. Then there is the after photo, which is quite stunning.
He does the same for his 74-year-old mother.
He also has quite a few makeovers and advice for women of colour, which are sometimes lacking in similar books.
I love everything about this book, the quality of the print, the way he talks you through everything, the illustrations and how you feel you could actually achieve similar results.
If you are looking for a good makeup book, then I would strongly advise you to take a look at this one. There are lots of makeup books about, and I have quite a few, but this is definitely my favorite. I've put some links below to Amazon so you can buy online, or check out your local retailer.
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