The biggest receiving times of the year have just past for me, these being my birthday in November and of course, Christmas! This year I really wanted to build up my makeup and fashion book collection so I did some online research as to the best ones and which authors were most recommended and here is one of them. There is so much to write about these books, I have broke them up into more posts soon to come so here is the Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty. I love my little collection because they are such a great mix of fun, lively, photography based books and more traditional books with information and a more detailing which you can really have a good read and learn from.
The Seventeen Ultimate Guide To Beauty
This book is so bright and bold, with the most gorgeous photography of all things makeup but also features hair, nails and skincare. It has five sections for make up being, Girly, Glam, Classic, Edgy and Boho. So inviting, it shows four looks for each section; school, party, date and weekend showing easy styles with photos of the products and a step-by-step guide on how to create the desired look along the side with easy instructions on how to use products to get what you want out of them. What I love about these photos is that all the models are healthy and have really different skin tones and hair types, showing how anyone can work a look from glitzy to sophisticated to soft and glamourous.
At the end of each section is a photo shoot and a lesson on how to re-create the look shown; my favourite is pictured (far left section of photo) and part of the Edgy style, called Galactic Eyes where an incredible look is made up of metallic shadows and liners with a balance of a neutral lip and creamy skin.
The look book at the end of each section shows a dozen celebrities working looks of the category, showing real life ways with people you can connect with to portray what Seventeen are getting at, rather than cold, hard models who can sometimes seem more out of your league.
For the 'Ultimate Hair Guide', Waves and Curls, Braids and Twists, Sleek, Updos and Buns, and Ponies are documented in sections which shows the best treatments and brushes that work for different hair types and steps on how to look as good as the girls in the pictures. These looks are combined with flawless make up that ties in with the creations already shown at the beginning of the book. These also show hairstyles in scenarios and variations of 'dos, appropriate for a number of different occasions.
Also the 'Beauty Resource Guide' plays up what products work with different skin types and the best skincare routine including defining what skin type you are, which I found out from a lovely Clarins girl a few years ago who was giving me a facial; I would have known a lot sooner with this! The Ultimate Guide to Beauty basically has everything a teenager needs to know about beauty and how to let her appearance stand out as well as her personality in a fun, upbeat and colourful way!