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Will Snizek Photography

Posts: 1387

Beckley, West Virginia, US

Can anyone recommend a good book that teaches the basic principles of makeup artistry?  There are so many books online it's hard to choose.  I basically want to start dabbling in basic makeup for those times when a MUA cancels and I can't find a fast enough replacement.  In my area, there are very few makeup artists as well.

Apr 24 13 04:00 pm Link

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S de Varax

Posts: 7313

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

kevyn aucoin's books

I think I have making faces and he has two-three others?

also look at youtube tutorials- check out pixiwoo, jordan liberty, lisa eldridge, rae morris

Apr 24 13 04:51 pm Link

Photographer

Will Snizek Photography

Posts: 1387

Beckley, West Virginia, US

S de Varax wrote:
kevyn aucoin's books

I think I have making faces and he has two-three others?

also look at youtube tutorials- check out pixiwoo, jordan liberty, lisa eldridge, rae morris

Thanks for the info.  I'll check all of that out.  smile

Apr 24 13 04:56 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Leila Nadine

Posts: 36

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

S de Varax wrote:
kevyn aucoin's books

I think I have making faces and he has two-three others?




I love this book, I also love "Style eyes" by Taylor Chang Babaian, a wealth of knowledge for eye makeup

Apr 24 13 05:36 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro  is also a great start.

Apr 24 13 05:40 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

+1 for Making Faces, also Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin is worth a look. Rae Morris' Express Makeup is very practical too, there's simple, quick techniques in there that will make you wonder why you didn't think of that already! I also found Bobbi Brown's Makeup Manual useful in the beginning, breaks down natural faces very well and lots of information on different skin types & tones.

Hiring a local MUA for a private lesson would be money well spent too.

Apr 24 13 05:42 pm Link

Photographer

Will Snizek Photography

Posts: 1387

Beckley, West Virginia, US

Lauren Reynolds MUA wrote:
+1 for Making Faces, also Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin is worth a look. Rae Morris' Express Makeup is very practical too, there's simple, quick techniques in there that will make you wonder why you didn't think of that already! I also found Bobbi Brown's Makeup Manual useful in the beginning, breaks down natural faces very well and lots of information on different skin types & tones.

Hiring a local MUA for a private lesson would be money well spent too.

That's a great idea about hiring a makeup artist for lessons.  I considered going to school, but no good makeup schools are around here and I'm not messing around with online schools.

Apr 24 13 05:48 pm Link

Makeup Artist

LC Makeup and Styling

Posts: 90

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Making Faces is a great book!!

Apr 24 13 07:59 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Jaime Criel Makeup

Posts: 149

New York, New York, US

Scott Barnes is my favorite

Apr 26 13 09:01 am Link

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curiosa des yeux

Posts: 1458

Seattle, Washington, US

Making Faces is definitely one of the standards. I also like Makeup Makeovers by Robert Jones. It covers a lot of identifying basic facial shapes and specific approaches to go with them. Also has a good variety of examples of each shape.

Apr 26 13 09:35 am Link

Makeup Artist

Sandra Valero

Posts: 293

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

I collect makeup books, and I was really happy to find "The makeup artist handbook" by Gretchen Davis, really useful! Also the Kevyn Aucoin ones, of course! smile

http://www.amazon.com/The-Makeup-Artist … s_kstore_4

Apr 30 13 02:27 pm Link