Pro Makeup: Salon Secrets of the Professionals by Kit SpencerPro Makeup: Salon Secrets of the Professionals by Kit Spencer

Pro Makeup: Salon Secrets of the Professionals

byKit Spencer

Spiral Bound | August 24, 2009

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The essential guide to makeup from a seasoned professional.

In this comprehensive guide, makeup artist Kit Spencer shares the beauty secrets and tricks that are essential in creating the perfect look. She advises on all aspects of makeup application and makeup kit essentials, including brushes, sponges, tweezers and eyelash curlers.

Step-by-step instructions and sequential photographs detail:

  • Planning a makeup look
  • How to effectively cleanse, tone, moisturize and prime skin
  • How to alter a style for different ages
  • Product formulations, color selection and application
  • How to create the basic eye "look"
  • Problem solving, from concealing acne to hiding facial hair
  • Halloween looks for men and women and special effects
  • Bridal makeup.

This innovative guide maps the face, describing which areas should be highlighted and which should be concealed. Spencer also advises on makeup courses and buying products and equipment, including a list of suppliers.

Packed with beautiful color photographs, Pro Makeup is the best and most comprehensive guide to makeup.

Kit Spencer is a makeup artist and hairstylist who works in television, movies and music videos, creating special effects for a range of clients. She is the author of two other books on hairstyles and makeup.
Title:Pro Makeup: Salon Secrets of the ProfessionalsFormat:Spiral BoundDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 6.25 × 1.06 inPublished:August 24, 2009Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554074770

ISBN - 13:9781554074778


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Introduction I have been a makeup artist for over 10 years. During this time I have worked on every combination of face shape, skin tone, and age of woman possible. It still surprises me how unconfident the majority of women feel about choosing and applying their own makeup. Makeup is not only exciting and creative, but it also has an amazingly empowering quality. It is not difficult or time-consuming to apply natural, daytime or evening makeup when you know how to do it properly. It is right to feel frustrated that you wear the same shade of lipstick day and night, whether you're shopping for groceries or going to a party. Now is the time to update your makeup techniques, give your makeup bag an overhaul, start looking at new colors, and invest in decent brushes. Makeup can make you look and feel better. Its purpose is to enhance your face and features, not disguise them. Makeup, when applied well, blends flawlessly into the skin tone. There are no hard edges, and all the features are balanced. All the individual elements -- eyes, lips, and cheeks -- work with each other. Badly applied makeup sits on the surface of the skin, looks patchy, and is aging. The key to achieving success is learning how to apply makeup properly, starting with the basics such as selecting and applying foundation, using concealer, and contouring. Once you've mastered the basics, you can achieve whatever look you desire, because you'll have the confidence to start experimenting. About This Book As a professional you must have the skills to apply makeup to anyone and everyone. As an individual, you just need the knowledge and skills to apply makeup to the one face you know the best -- your own. Through teaching and observing women doing their own makeup, I know the common pitfalls and mistakes that women encounter, and I will teach you how to avoid them, using clear step-by-step instructions and pictures of real women. This book will help you develop a makeup routine that can be easily adapted to whatever time you have available, whether it is 10 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes before a party or big event. By breaking your routine down into separate elements such as base, blush, mascara, and eye looks, you should be able to pick and choose elements to fit the time available. The more you practice, the quicker you will get. The skills required and the basic steps followed for applying natural eye makeup and a dramatic smoky eye, for example, are the same. Sometimes even the same colors are used, but the intensity of color may be different. The key to success is mastering the basic techniques and becoming competent at a few key makeup looks that work for you. If you are planning to do your own makeup on your wedding day, in the bridal section (see page 182) you will find looks to suit all skin tones and ages, as well as tips and advice on how to do makeup that will look great from a distance. This is how many of your guests and initially the groom will see you, so your makeup must work in photographs without being too much when the guests and groom are close by. Also covered in this book are tips and suggested looks for doing makeup on others such as children's face painting and costume parties, and advice on taking makeup further as a career or hobby.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About this book

Chapter 1 Before you get started
Chapter 2 Essential techniques
Chapter 3 Developing looks
Chapter 4 Applying makeup to others

Taking it further

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