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Freshly presented and jam-packed with useful information, this essential beauty reference is impossible to put down. In addition to instructions and product recommendations for all the basics of hair, makeup, and skin care, the book also features little-known tips for everything from trimming your own bangs to why you should never use foundation or blush on your lips.
While author Rona Berg doesn't shy away from naming names, listing plenty of options for the best products in each price range, the book is not entirely about buying products. Readers will find ample make-it-yourself recipes for face masks, bath soaks, and more, as well as important warnings about ingredients or treatments to avoid and easy at-home remedies (like using half a lemon to moisturize elbows, heels, and knees). And the overall focus of the book is teaching readers to make the choices and learn the techniques that will leave them looking and feeling beautiful. Drawings and full-color photos illustrate the techniques or styles being discussed, and the use of charts and boxes to highlight information makes Beauty just as much fun to flip through as it is to read. By viewing beauty practices and rituals in their historical context, the book also manages to give readers an occasional history lesson and add a slightly intellectual spin to what is commonly perceived as a frivolous pursuit.
Beauty: The New Basics is for every woman, whether she's an adolescent who needs to learn the fundamentals of applying makeup or a more mature reader looking for secrets about aging gracefully and beautifully. No matter how laid-back or rigorous your beauty routine, chances are you'll find a slew of valuable gems in this fantastic book (did you know that the best mascara is actually that drugstore brand you've been using since high school?). So read on and be beautiful! (Karen Burns)