Book Review: About Face by Scott Barnes
Scott Barnes is one of the most well known celebrity makeup artists in the industry. He has worked with A-List celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, who is on the cover of his book. Scott Barnes' About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist is a uniquely informative book. In it, he includes dozens of large, vivid pictures of the amazing makeup transformations he has done. He does some amazing trasnformations on some women (some of them are models, not eve everyday girls) to make them look like totally different people. Scott Barnes is a true genius.
Overall, I say this book is meant more for the aspiring makeup artist than the everyday woman. Scott includes some interesting tips for every day makeup, but it's nothing you can't live without. In fact, his every day makeup look seems extremely complicated for everyday application. He uses 3 different kinds of foundations on some of his models. He is very precise and is really like an artist blending tons of colors and piling on the makeup. This is not too helpful for a regular woman because we don't have time or money to practice all his intricate techniques.
In his book, he includes some brief interviews with a dermatologist on how to prevent skin cancer (something you can easily look up online), Kim Kardashian, Kat DeLuna, and Jennifer Lopez. He includes some of his favorite products and essential tools. These are articles you can live without.
Bottom line: this is an interesting book for an aspiring makeup artist who wants to learn interesting techniques, but this is not convenient for the everyday woman.