Urgh. do NOT buy this book if you are looking for tutorials or tips. LM states in the intro that she wants to use the book as a platform for teaching women to look at and apply MU a different way. Um, there was NOTHING different about the way she described anything. It was literally the same old info that we have all heard a million times before. The content was basically just musings from LM about makeup. But despite the weight of the book, she doesnt really say much at all. You get to the end of the book feeling like you have not learnt a thing. Additioanlly, she only uses about 5 different celebs in the photos, and repeats the same images (i.e. about 5 shots of Madonna from the same photo shoot..) If you want to use the same celebs over and over again in pics, at least show a variety of pictures of them. The only thing that saves this book was the fact that I read it after Nars Makeup Your Mind - anything would look good after that book. Cannot recommend! turn to BB, KA or Scott Barnes if you are looking for useful tute books
I was certain that this would be a great addition to my beauty library, ( i am also a makeup artist) but i was mistaken. The beautiful watercolor cover drew me in, and the hefty weight of the book was so promising! It was constantly sold out at b&n, so i ordered it online. Turns out this book is just one long winded account of Laura's signature style, how special she is and includes nothing about how YOU should do your makeup. There are long repetitive paragraphs about things that do not really need to be explained. (Toner? Really? You're still talking about toner?) I suppose this would all be fine if it included some fabulous pictures to look at, but mostly they are 90's era liipliner lovin shots of Sarah jessica parker, Madonna ( from that one asian inspired shoot, on several occasions throughout the book) and Julia Roberts, all looking so so. Then there are quotes from celebs about how great Laura is, and cute cartoons of her throughout. This book just seemed sad to me. The outdated pictures that ive seen a million times especially. There are no tips, tricks or new theorys to ponder...no elation or excitement to try something new.
I had to pull out the KA and Robert Jones books after this just to re-inspire myself!
Oh, please! What a waste of money! She's a makeup artist, for heaven's sake! Wouldn't you think she'd show some application techniques? Nope, just glossy photos of fully madeup celebrities - airbrushed. Wow! Hold me down, girls, the excitement may be too much for me! She does give a few paragraphs of not very helpful tips, but no diagrams, no step by step instructions, nothing of that nature at all. Call me old-fashioned, but I kind of think a book called " The New Beauty Secrets" would actually have a few beauty secrets and a book by a makeup artist would share a few techniques. Save your money, she's rich enough off of that clay-like crap she calls concealer.
I wish I had taken some time to browse through this before deciding to purchase it. I was hoping to gain more insight into better makeup application-especially techniques with concealer & foundation-which Laura Mercier is reknown for. The author does describe her methods, but she does so in long paragraphs instead of a list of steps -- the focus is more on her life/image philosophies. I get lost reading through everything -- and the few cartoonish drawings that accompany the descriptions aren't very detailed. There are large celeb photoshoot spreads sprinkled throughout the book showing some of the work Laura Mercier has done with their makeup -- I would have liked to see actual pics of people (celebs and/or non-celebs) in the process of having their makeup applied. I was expecting more of a how-to manual with this one...not a self help book.