December 1, 2008

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Review

The Muse remembers the first time she purchased a cosmetic book. It had to be 10 years or so ago and it was entitled Your Makeover: Simple Ways for Any Woman to Look Her Best by Morgen Schick. The Muse is a big supporter of Morgen Schick and her amazing array of awesome cosmetics and her book was quite great at creating a flawless, natural look.

Recently the Muse was introduced to another makeup book which is the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. The Muse finished this book in a day! I took it to bed with me one night and didn’t stop reading until it was completely done. Although much of what was discussed I already know I still felt like the book was an awesome manual for those who are just starting out in the cosmetic world.

The book covers many topics such as picking a moisturizer and foundation for your skin tone and type, how a good diet influences your skin and body, application of concealer, foundation, eye makeup, and more! The book has a solid index of just about everything you want or need to know about makeup and application. Granted, the book does contain the most basic (no complex application methods here just straight to the point) of information but this is actually what makes it so appealing as the simplicity of the techniques are easy to follow and understand! The book covers virtually all aspects of makeup but it also covers details such as photographer and becoming a makeup artist.

All in all it’s a rather interesting compilation of great tips and tricks! I think it’s well worth picking up if you’re a beginner to makeup application or you’re just seeking to brush up on your current skills!

I enjoyed it and I’m quite happy to have it on my bookshelf as I definately learned a thing or two after reading it!

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Anyone read it or own it?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Anonymous

    Kayvid: Hey Muse! How are you? Happy Thanksgiving(belated) 🙂
    I was catching up on your blog and was wondering which was the foundation which you found at an outlet but generally retails for a lot and you had loved it. I really cannot remember.

  • Phyrra

    I’ve actually been considering buying it. I’ve never owned a makeup book, and of the ones I’ve seen recently, it seems to be the best.

  • Mizz x

    Hey that looks interesting, thanks for introducing it! I haven’t got Bobbi’s earlier books, but I think I’m getting this one! Have a nice week : ).

  • Zahira

    Looks great! I just want to know though, does this book cover much on applying makeup on Asian skin, EYES (v. impt)? Just because it is very very different to apply make up on Asian features!

    Thanks =)

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    It’s quite interesting…I thought the info was quite helpful! They have it for $21 bucks on amazon which isn’t bad and maybe deep discount dvd is even cheaper, haven’t checked!

  • the Muse

    hi there Zahira!

    It covers asian skin and eyes yes but not too many looks…most I read on Asian eyes was liner techniques….def covers many races and skin colors and types however it doesn’t go into elaborate details more basic info 🙂

    Hope this helps!

    It is indeed very different indeed! Might I rec checking out youtube for tips and tricks for Asian skin and eyes? I’ve seen many fantastic tuts on there!

  • Phyrra

    So do you think I could actually learn better makeup techniques with this book, or would I be better off looking for something with more advanced techniques?

    • the Muse

      ha angie you’re easy to convince! It’s great for makeup newbies and advanced users :-D!

      • Angie Twe

        Oh well… haha, yeah you can convince me so easily with all the pictures and the Muse approval…
        I’ll just go ah I want that I wan that on my mind whenver I’m reading your blog…
        and yeah. just a newbie, so im searching for how to put on makeup books… and watching vids… hehe.
        I’m buying those muse approval things u said, eps those from Etude house. There’s one near me. 😛

        • the Muse

          LOL it’s not me angie I blame the pics 😀

          Watching vids is really help. Youtube has SO many I highly suggest checking there for tutorials 🙂 Etude House=AWESOME so jealous you have one locally angie 🙂

          • Angie Twe

            I’m making Muse jealous…. Woow…
            Hehe. 😛

            Videos really help, books, reviews esp like yours on what products to buy, what is good and what is not good. etc.

            Hehe. Thank you.

          • the Muse

            hehe angie! 😀 aw thanks angie *hugs* I find vids are fab! I really like pic tutorials as well, those are always helpful 🙂

  • Casey

    I know this is such an old post, but I actually read this the other night and loved it as well!

    I don’t know why I never read it before – I got it months back with Making Faces, that cosmo beauty tip one (which was horrible IMO) and Lauren Lukes book.

    I think the main reason I liked it so much was cause of all the pictures, and how OCD it got with listing every single thing. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get enough makeup reads.. probably why I follow a zillion blogs! haha.

    • the Muse

      casey I agree it’s really a super book 😀 I adore the fact that it’s so simple to follow as well 😀