TeenLit: The Look Book Features Fifty Fabulous Faces
On May 18, Zest Books publishes The Look Book by Erika Stalder (co-author of 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School)--with the help of celebrity makeup artists Christopher Fulton and Cameron Cohen. What’s it about? “50 iconic beauties and how to achieve their signature styles.”
Starting with an introduction to a variety of make-up brushes, The Look Book focuses on makeup techniques used to create looks people have admired for years—Monroe’s lips, Jolie’s eyes, Garbo’s brows, J Lo’s skin, Bettie Page’s hair. Many of the featured celebrities broke barriers and revolutionized fashion—Mia Farrow’s pixie cut, Twiggy’s painted-on lashes, Björk’s bejeweled face.
The Look Book is comprised of five sections: lips, eyes, brows, skin & face, and hair. Each section includes between four and fourteen celebrities and the techniques necessary to replicate their look. There is a quote from each celebrity on subjects ranging from beauty to happiness to hope and disappointment (“If you ask people what they’ve always wanted to do, most people haven’t done it. That breaks my heart.” –Angelina Jolie; “Even I don’t look like Cindy Crawford in the morning.” –Cindy Crawford; “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb…and I also know that I’m not blonde.”—Dolly Parton).
Featured on two-page spreads, each technique is offered along with a brief bio of the celebrities, and a tutorial on application that includes tools needed, time, how to, Pro Tips, and finally a list of other celebs who have adapted the same look. Throughout the book there are little surprises; would you have guessed that Lucy Liu’s “Pinched-Pink Cheeks” take only two minutes to achieve, while Kate Winslet’s “No-Makeup Makeup” takes twenty minutes?
The Look Book also surprises with what it showcases. There are details for creating looks that may not have been the most notable: Dolly Parton’s cheeks, Brigitte Bardot’s and Dorothy Dandridge’s hair, Iman’s “flawless foundation.” It makes sense—so much has been written about Bardot’s lips and Parton’s hair.
The Look Book is an enjoyable visit with fifty beautiful women, and a super primer on make-up techniques. Even without trying to duplicate someone else’s look, a reader gains valuable tips on “the tools of the trade.”