About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist

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About Face

is a compendium of everything make-up artist Scott Barnes has learned during his career working with A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston. About Face is packed with techniques for every area of makeup application. Part One focuses on dramatic makeovers of real women with a twist: each woman comes in looking the best she thinks she can look. The author then deconstructs and debunks their look taking them from attractive to ...

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Overview

About Face

is a compendium of everything make-up artist Scott Barnes has learned during his career working with A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston. About Face is packed with techniques for every area of makeup application. Part One focuses on dramatic makeovers of real women with a twist: each woman comes in looking the best she thinks she can look. The author then deconstructs and debunks their look taking them from attractive to amazing. Step-by-step photos outline makeup techniques and products while Scott provides commentary on how he pinpointed the woman’s strongest asset and built a look around it. Part Two highlights beauty rituals, must-have makeup items, and inner and outer preparations that a woman must embrace in order to look beautiful and radiate charisma. Part Three focuses on the celebrities Scott Barnes has worked with.

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Editorial Reviews

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Barnes, Scott.

About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist.

Fair Winds: Quayside. 2010. c.240p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-59233-399-8. $24.99. PERSONAL GROOMING
Barnes gave actress-singer-megabrand Jennifer Lopez her trademark “glow,” and his celebrity makeup star ascended to join the likes of Pat McGrath and the late Kevyn Aucoin. In his mini-coffee-table-book debut, he shares his philosophy—it all begins with the light, where and how it hits the face, because glow is the goal with all women, starlets or not. A lot of heavy contouring and highlighting ensues in an array of “transformations” of nonmodels of various ages and ethnicities. These before-and-afters, captured in step-by-step color photos, are impressive in their technical skill and will inspire the more audacious and skilled among Barnes’s fans—Sarah goes from a pretty, minimally maquillaged twenty-something to a golden-cheeked Renaissance maiden.

Verdict While Barnes presents some sensible skin care how-to and tricks, his book is best suited to intermediate to advanced makeup artists who have a stake in contouring and highlighting. —Library Journal, March, 15, 2010

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Barnes, Scott. About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist.Fair Winds: Quayside. 2010. c.240p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-59233-399-8. $24.99. PERSONAL GROOMING
Barnes gave actress-singer-megabrand Jennifer Lopez her trademark “glow,” and his celebrity makeup star ascended to join the likes of Pat McGrath and the late Kevyn Aucoin. In his mini-coffee-table-book debut, he shares his philosophy—it all begins with the light, where and how it hits the face, because glow is the goal with all women, starlets or not. A lot of heavy contouring and highlighting ensues in an array of “transformations” of nonmodels of various ages and ethnicities. These before-and-afters, captured in step-by-step color photos, are impressive in their technical skill and will inspire the more audacious and skilled among Barnes’s fans—Sarah goes from a pretty, minimally maquillaged twenty-something to a golden-cheeked Renaissance maiden.

Verdict While Barnes presents some sensible skin care how-to and tricks, his book is best suited to intermediate to advanced makeup artists who have a stake in contouring and highlighting. —Library Journal, March, 15, 2010

Library Journal
Barnes gave actress-singer-megabrand Jennifer Lopez her trademark "glow," and his celebrity makeup star ascended to join the likes of Pat McGrath and the late Kevyn Aucoin. In his mini-coffee-table-book debut, he shares his philosophy—it all begins with the light, where and how it hits the face, because glow is the goal with all women, starlets or not. A lot of heavy contouring and highlighting ensues in an array of "transformations" of nonmodels of various ages and ethnicities. These before-and-afters, captured in step-by-step color photos, are impressive in their technical skill and will inspire the more audacious and skilled among Barnes's fans—Sarah goes from a pretty, minimally maquillaged twenty-something to a golden-cheeked Renaissance maiden. However, most women probably don't have the time, energy, or ability to mimic the author's painterly (and, some would argue, heavy-handed) approach. VERDICT While Barnes presents some sensible skin care how-to and tricks, his book is best suited to intermediate to advanced makeup artists who have a stake in contouring and highlighting.—Heather McCormack, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592334889
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 206,435
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Currently, international celebrities compete for Scott Barnes' professional time. Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox, Jewel and Lil Kim are some of the leading ladies in music, film, and television who seek out Scott to design their latest looks. His work has been published on the magazine covers of Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Premiere. Scott has also appeared on top national and regional television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra, Access Hollywood, and Good Day LA. In 2011, Scott embarked on a new chapter in his life, relocating from New York to Los Angeles. Visit him online at http://www.scottbarnes.com.

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Scott Barnes on Red Lipstick: Some Dos and Don'ts

Red lipstick is used to create a very specific look. I would not suggest women wear red lipstick every day. If red lipstick is your signature thing, you'd better have a whole style and wardrobe that go along with it. Gwen Stefani is a good example. She wears red lipstick well because she has an entire wardrobe and hairstyle that support it. You can't throw on sweats with red lipstick.

DON'T wear red lipstick:

- When you're wearing red. Matching red with red is tricky. It's rarely the right shade, so it usually clashes.

- When you're wearing bright green. Why would you want to look like a Christmas tree?

- For funerals. For some reason, women like to do the "red lipstick with a black suit" thing when they're in mourning. I feel it reads too flirty, as in, "I can’t wait to bury him...who's next!"

- During the day in bright sunlight. It looks too harsh.

DO wear red lipstick:

- In the evening.

- For black-tie events.

- With minimal makeup on the eye (or at least the allusion of minimal makeup on the eye), like Sage.

- If you’re a redhead.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD: JENNIFER

INTRODUCTION

The Glam Squad

The Power of Beauty

The Scott Barnes Approach

TRANSFORMATIONS 1

Katherine: How to Make Glamour Work

Gate: Combining Earth Tones for a Monochromatic Look

Kat DeLuna

Louisa: A Low-Maintenance Approach to Achieving High Drama

Jessica: Creating a Believable Faux Tan for Face and Body

Mariska Hargitay

Nadiya: Achieving That Sultry Look

Breaking It Down

TRANSFORMATIONS 2

Oona: Bringing Sensuality to the Forefront by Playing Up the Eyes

Elizabeth: Using Airbrush Foundation for Added Radiance and Distinction

Evis: Going Dramatic with Softer Colors

Sarah: Applying Makeup for Natural, No-Makeup Beauty

The Skinny on Skin

TRANSFORMATIONS 3

Irina: Using Bronzer and Highlights to Create a Sun-Kissed Glow

Sonia: Going Soft and Sexy with Shimmer Highlights

Sage: Embracing the 1940s Glam Look

Judith Light

Carmelita: Experimenting with Color for More Drama

Linda: Time-Saving Tips for the Busy Woman

Danielle: Shifting from Conservative to High-Impact

Lauren: Blending Cooler Tones for More Sizzle and Pop

Kim Kardashian

From Scott

About the Author

Acknowledgments

Currently, international celebrities compete for Scott Barnes professional time. Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox, Jewel and Lil Kim are some of the leading ladies in music, film, and television who seek out Scott to design their latest looks. Scott Barnes’ work has been published on the magazine covers of Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Premiere. He lives in Jersey City, NJ. Visit him online at scottbarnes.com.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    Pretty basic

    I'm a Make-up Artist, and I'd say for anyone more than a little advanced at make-up, this will be a fast page-flipper book. There is a lot of contouring, and it's not well thought out and written enough for the normal person to do in real life. He doesn't have a list of specific products to use with each look, and some are heavily made up. The skin on a redhead was over powdered, which made her skin look dry and older.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A MUST HAVE!!!

    I'm not quite sure if this would be the "perfect" book for a true beginner BUT with that being said this book is AMAZING!!!
    I love EVERYTHING about it! I'm a makeup artist myself & this book has the "wow" factor. I have several other books but Scott Barnes really breaks things down & goes into meticulous detail about how he achieved certain 'looks' & does an awesome job talking about skincare & how it's not just about the makeup you put on your face!

    It's no wonder he's so successful...he's a true innovator & trend-setter. I will admit I was doing some of the things he recommends doing completely backwards & when I first picked up the book thought to myself, "now how the heck does he contour & highlight w/out knocking it off when he goes in to blend the foundation???"
    My question was MORE THAN answered...OH, HOW I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH (Scott Barnes)!!! My clients are so much happier w/the results I can deliver & I tell them to go buy this book!!! EVERY woman can benefit from his book & they should also google him b/c he is on both Youtube AND has his very own website...a must see!
    P.S. THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAV MAKEUP BOOK NOW...I HAVEN'T SEEN A BETTER ONE OUT THERE...

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    The book is very detailed on its step by step techniques

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Great book

    he book is very inspiring

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Good book, not for beginners

    This is a great book for those who already know how to apply makeup, especially if you are a makeup artist like myself. The looks in this book are not for everyday wear, though there is plenty of good healthy skin advice. If you are aspiring to hook a sugar daddy or be a makeup arrtist grab this, but either way there are better books out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

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    Worst book ever, except for the cover pic

    Judging by the cover pic (amazing!) and the reviews, I bought this book. It was well organized into different looks and models.... but wow! the makeup applications were awful! the info on contouring was informative (if you didn't already know), but a little extreme. the makeup application on every model (except for the cover photo) was not flattering and a little scary. It looked like a first week student was trying to be "creative" but it didn't work at all. None were looks you would be able to wear in everyday life for sure. Not to mention the foundation on all was cakey and not finished smoothly. Waste of money to buy this book!

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Beautiful and well laid out.

    Scott Barnes has put together a very informative and inspiring book, so that every woman can create and sustain her best look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2009

    I Cannot Wait To Get A Copy!

    Scott Barnes is my all time favorite make-up artist. (I've been following his career for years!) I cannot wait to get a copy of this and will be buying a few as gifts for Christmas! Thank you Mr.Barnes for giving us this book! Woohoo!

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