Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Scott Barnes - About Face Book Review

I purchased 'About Face' by Scott Barnes quite recently and after reading it, I realise that my way of applying make up is changing. The book is so influential, as it's well written and examples are demonstrated with perfect visuals. Scott Barnes has been make up artist to Jennifer Lopez over the years and is famous for making her 'glow'!

The 240 page book contains a variety of makeovers on various skin tones and facial features with step by step information and expert tips. Skin care has also not been missed, there is a nice section dedicated on the subject.


Scott Barnes' approach to makeup is very different to the most make up artists. His emphasis is mainly on the skin, trying to bring light to the face. He firstly applies a lighter shade of concealer to highlight the face, he then contours with a darker shade, and finishes off with a foundation closer to the natural skin tone to neutralise the base. Yes, this kind of technique has been used by others, but not to this level of artistic creativity.


He uses yellow or red tones depending on the skin tone and what he wants to achieve.


He recommends yellow based concealers for people with warm skin tones for women with dark or Mediterranean skin tones: Indian, Brazilian, African American, Hispanic, Italian or Greek.


The way he applies eye make up is also quite striking, he always applies the crease colour slightly above the crease.

This is a before and after of Sonia's eye, you can see what a difference it makes to the eye shape. It makes it seem less hooded and more sunken in.


Nadiya's transformation...


Danielle's transformation...

For me, this is the most striking makeover as her face shape looks totally different.


Obviously, it looks like a lot of make up, and I'm not sure what woman can commit to doing that everyday but, there are a few tips that can be picked up and manipulated to suit your needs.

The only downside to the book for me, is that he doesn't mention what brands or products he uses specifically for the makeover, he just talks about the colour. But, there is a snapshot of some products from his kit which I have included below.


I purchased from The Book Depository for £14.40, free shipping worldwide. I would totally recommend this book if you are interested in make up techniques!

35 comments:

Dominique -aka- 美華ちゃん said...

Oh I'm DEFINITELY picking this one up!

Beauty and the blog said...

omg Daielles transformation is amazing,looks like shes had a nose job,but then again it is a book,do u reckon there's been a load of air brushing?? love the idea of using a darker and lighter concealer to contour

Vicky said...

Wow! This looks absolutely amazing and is definitely going on my 'to buy' list!

Une fille Lambda said...

I just bought this book... I love to see how make up can change facial featre. Thanks for this great ref!

Muhsine said...

@Beauty & the blog

I certainly think there has been some airbrushing, I don't think they would publish it without, which is quite sad.

Obsessed.Makup.Addict said...

I can't believe you did a post about this, I ordered it off amazon last week and am waiting for it to come! After seeing these photos I cannot wait till I get it. I definitely agree that skin is the make it or break it when it comes to makeup, flawless face is a must!

MW said...

i love this book!!!
xo mw

Lina said...

OOh, sounds like a fascinating read - I think his principles have been common knowledge for a lot of darker skin tones re: bases for a while now (i.e. each part of our face is different tones and colours, and thus shouldn't have one colour all over, contouring, spotlights, etc) but it's great that he's bought it out in a book to address the principles behind it for everyone. xx

Alice said...

transformations are amazing and i love the crease trick. will have to pick this up, i think :) x

essjay23x said...

I'm loving this book so far. Finding it hard to put down!! Don't tell me about the airbrushing though, ruining my illusions. Would be good to see his techniques without airbushing. Maybe you could use some in a FOTD or something? :-)

Cherrybubbleegum said...

i love this booooook
i was looking for it in every place here in italy since it went out but unfortunately i can not find it, thanks to you i wil be buying it :)
bur just a question is this site safe? i mean how can i know where is the book or if they sent it? they gave you some sort of tracking number?
in how many days arrive at your home?
thanks alott
kissesss

Ashwini said...

I'm really interested in what he had to say about skincare, because JLo's skin was not just beautifully controured, but completely pore-less. I'd say if I wanted ANYONE's makeup look, it would be JLo. It's just like she's a greek goddess or something. :)

Andi said...

Thanks for posting this! I have been considering this book for awhile, think I will definitely be buying it now. The only other make-up book I've ever purchased was Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces, which I absolutely loved as well. He was big into the contouring too. Thanks for the great review and pics!

Belle Du Jour said...

great review! I want to pick it up as well! xx

Hollywood said...

Oh wow this is a really impressing BOOK i love the before/after makeup pics !

Ella Pretty said...

This book seems amazing - thanks for the review! So I guess this is the secret to why JLO always looks amazing! But all the contouring does seem like a lot of work!!

Also, in the picture Nadiya looks so pretty before the make-up - and after she just looks too done up...

But I stilll want to get this book!

Muhsine said...

@Cherrybubbleegum the site is completely safe, I have ordered 2 books from there and so have my friends, my order took about 7 days to process and then delivered within 48 hours. They give you a tracking ref so you can see what stage your order is at. x

@Ella Pretty yes it's amazing what makeup can do! There are lots of very different kinds of transformations, red lips, natural look, smokey eye etc... a good all rounder. x

Shifa said...

wow you sold the book to me! am so gona get it now :) i wish he would have mentioned products though as they are the key to achieving such amazing looks imo

Glam and Glitter said...

Im quite impressed now. It looks like something worth studying :) i ll try to buy it right now yaaay xoxo

Ginger and Roxy said...

Great post can't wait to crack this book open!!!


xox
g&r

http://gingerroxy.blogspot.com

Klaudia ♡☮ said...

Those transformations are absolutely amazing, i wish i could do that... :P

HeavenNRJ said...

Seems to be like a great bargain! I found so many books on that website (bookdepository), but am a little bit hesitant because it just sounds so good it's unreal.:)

I've checked reviews, and the majority of customers are disappointed: lost orders, damaged books, no customer service. I don't know what to think. Was the book wrapped well? I'm afraid paperbacks can arrive damaged if the wrap/packages aren't that safe. What was your experience? Would be really nice to hear. Thank you!

Makeupaholic said...

Great review!!! I'm going to buy this book immediately.
Now I'm following you :)

lollipop26 said...

definitely adding this to the "want" list!

Lydia said...

I've bought this book today, and reading your review I am glad I have!

However, I think there is some photoshopping there, and great art in that photography, because different angles create different views and illusions..

Kitty said...

Hi, I am a new follower to your blog and I just wanted to say that I really love your DIY and storage tips! They are so helpful and practical. You inspire me in a lot of ways, especially to not be afraid of color (like wearing orange!) and to start my own scrapbook of inspirational magazine pages. Thank yo so much!

Look.Inside.My.Closet said...

I have this book and it's the best makeup book I own. I'm agree with you, I want the list of his makeup kit.

Patchoulissime said...

The transformations are unbelievable! I definitely need to order this book. Thanks for the rewiev :)


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Gina said...

I just bought this book... can't wait to dig in

Muhsine said...

@HeavenNRJ I never had a problem with them, just that it took about a week to process, my book was in perfect condition and wrapped very well. As was the other book I ordered about a year ago. No complaints from me but you can never be sure :/.

@Lollipop26 It's a must have :)

@Kitty yay I am so glad, thank you! :)

Ally said...

I just received mine from amazon as i pre-ordered it a couple of months go..was under £10.00 but i would easily pay more without question..he is amazing and his book is amazing!

Yourz Truly Jess said...

this book looks like a must have the tips shown in the photos look very helpful thanks for the insite.

www.yourztrulyjess.blogspot.com

The said...

The work Scott Barnes does is truly amazing, his talent was really showcased with 38yr old Sonia Kapoor, Kohli was married to my uncle 10yearsago0she used him for a passport and cheated on him constantly.

ChloeMorello said...

Just bought it! YAY!

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