I've been experimenting more and more with make up because I've been invited to, get this, nine fancy dress parties this summer including a 'Roaring 20s' wedding on a boat, exciting non? Recently I've found YouTube tutorials really helpful for fancy dress make up ideas. However I'm the type of person who, despite evidence to the contrary, likes to step away from the computer once in a while and garner useful information from a book.
The book breaks down into decades taking one icon and look as inspiration. Whilst each step-by-step tutorial isn't incredibly detailed technique wise, it does give a great overview of what makes up each look. I find it so useful to have as a guide and I love how Reynolds shows a modern approach to a look for instance Christina Aguilera taking on the 1930s look and Natalie Portman trying her hand at Audrey Hepburn's iconic style.
The book itself is quite small with only 109 pages of content but it is very pretty including iconic and beautiful prints through the ages, great photography and some beautiful and lesser used photographs of icons like Marylin Monroe and Clara Bow. Personally I found the last few pages most helpful, they contained very detail instructions for applying lashes, perfecting manicures, eyebrow shaping and creating the perfect eyeliner flick. The instructions for these parts are very detailed and so, so useful - I'd have liked to have seen more of that type of thing throughout the whole book because these guides are hugely useful.
When Mr Thrifty spotted the book on his desk he said 'I'd buy that for nearly every girl I know' and I think he is right, I think this would suit a lot of women as a gift because it is a lovely book to flick through from time to time for the pretty pictures but it also has a useful side to it too.
I found the book on Amazon priced at £6.99 (rrp £9.99) and eBay for £7.75 but don't forget to check your local library, if you still have one.
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