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Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority

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Ever wonder what it's like to have your own personal team of beauty experts, advising you on how to look and feel knockout-gorgeous every day? Or have you ever questioned what exactly goes on inside the creative minds of beauty industry heavy-hitters? Step into the pages of Sephora, where the top beauty authorities give you access to their private domains. Spend the day with Vincent Longo backstage at fashion week, create red carpet—worthy hair with celebrity hair stylist Oscar Blandi, master the smoky eye with ...

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Overview

Ever wonder what it's like to have your own personal team of beauty experts, advising you on how to look and feel knockout-gorgeous every day? Or have you ever questioned what exactly goes on inside the creative minds of beauty industry heavy-hitters? Step into the pages of Sephora, where the top beauty authorities give you access to their private domains. Spend the day with Vincent Longo backstage at fashion week, create red carpet—worthy hair with celebrity hair stylist Oscar Blandi, master the smoky eye with Hollywood's hottest makeup artists, and take a tour of Dr. Nicholas Perricone's kitchen with his refrigerator full of skin-perfecting foods.

In Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority, fashion and beauty journalist and former Sephora beauty editor Melissa Schweiger personally introduces the people behind some of your favorite brands and fills this gorgeous book with the beauty secrets usually reserved for insiders. Each photo-packed page brims with words of wisdom and expert advice from the creators of and authorities on more than two hundred classic and emerging beauty brands sold at Sephora, including LORAC, Smashbox, Too Faced, Dr. Perricone, Frédéric Fekkai, and many, many more.

Each chapter is designed to mimic a Sephora store's "try everything" vibe while revealing the finest beauty tips and tricks for getting creative with cosmetics. From an A-to-Z glossary of terms and ingredients and a shopping guide to the best products, to detailed explanations of how to properly use cosmetic tools, Sephora is the complete beauty package that no woman will want to be without.

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For the millions of women who use its beauty products, Sephora is more than a store or a billion-dollar industry; it is a way of life. Like the French-based chain, Sephora the book is designed to be a beauty trendsetter with an inclusive feel, dispensing the best possible advice on makeup, skin and hair care, fragrance, quick fixes, and beauty care products and accessories. This elegant, fully illustrated book features an A-Z glossary of terms and ingredients; a shopping guide to the best cosmetic products; and expert advice from noted professionals including Vincent Longo, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Wende Zomnir, and Lisa Price.
Library Journal

Schweiger, a freelance writer for magazines like Marie Claire, Interview, and In Style, has compiled a modern beauty-basics book that merges timeless advice with product placement. This approach is fitting, as the store for which the book is titled plans to use the book to mark its ten-year anniversary. Chapters include tips and recommendations from "the personalities behind your favorite brands," such as Wende Zomnir (Urban Decay) and Maureen Kelly (Tarte). However, this is more than a book about cosmetics; contributors like Nicholas Perricone, dermatologist and namesake for the Perricone brand, lend credence to the "beauty is on the inside" mantra pervasive in the text. The book has appeal beyond current beauty trends, but there may be limited interest in markets without Sephora stores. Substantial marketing accompanies this publication. Recommended for larger public library collections or where there is demand.
—Meagan P. Storey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061466403
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 286,842
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Schweiger is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in Women's Wear Daily, Interview, Marie Claire, Redbook, Hamptons, Seventeen, and In Style, and on Sephora.com. Most recently, she was a fashions feature editor at Marie Claire. Prior to that, she was a beauty editor at Sephora.

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Sephora
The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority

Chapter One

what is beauty?

We live in a world full of beauty. Sometimes it stares you directly in the face; other times, it's a little harder to find. But one thing is clear: Beauty means something different to everyone. Sephora's insiders each have their own unique, inspiring, and creative ways of defining beauty. Some of their ideas may even change your definition.

Jerrod Blandino, founder of too faced:
"Beauty is confidence and a kick-ass style that's unique to you. It's about reinventing yourself throughout life. Don't stop at pretty—go for gorgeous all the time. Life isn't a dress rehearsal."

Carol Shaw, founder of lorac:
"You're as beautiful as you feel. Feeling beautiful in your own skin is true beauty, and that shines through. When you think you're beautiful, that's all that matters. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, says, does, or looks like. That's why makeup exists, to help women enhance their own beauty. Even just taking five minutes in the morning to put on a little blush and a little mascara will help you have a better day."

Dr. Fredric Brandt, founder of dr. brandt skin care:
"Beauty is the best version of you that YOU can be. If you start comparing yourself to actresses or models, there's always going to be somebody who looks better than you. Besides, you don't even know what they really look like in real life! Just concentrate on having the healthiest skin that you can have."

Karen Behnke, founder of juice beauty:
"Beauty is about being passionate in whatever you do—family,life, work. Passion makes people beautiful."

Anthony Sosnick, founder of anthony logistics:
"Beauty means looking good and feeling good about yourself. One of the joys of being in this business is hearing 'thank you for making this product, it made me feel better about myself.' I think skin care is even better than clothing, because it's at your core."

Lisa Price, founder of carol's daughter:
"Beauty is by nature. By that I mean that beauty is inherent in every single person. It's not something you can put on or take off."

Sean "Diddy" Combs, founder of sean john:
"I believe beauty takes many shapes and forms. Beauty, to me, is confidence in who you are and what you believe in. When you're true to your own personal style, you can't help but exude a certain coolness and self-assurance. That's where true beauty lies: in the ability to be confident, to express your own individuality, and to strive to be the best you can be. Oh—and women, all women are beautiful!"

Dr. Howard Murad, founder of murad:
"Someone who is immediately welcoming, someone who makes you feel comfortable—that's a beautiful person. You have to take a whole-body approach to beauty. Many of my patients think that their skin is a separate organ, but it's not—it's connected by blood vessels to the heart, the liver, and the brain, so if any of those parts are damaged, then your skin will be damaged. That's why eating well, exercising, and wearing sunscreen are all so important."

Frédéric Fekkai, owner of frédéric fekkai salons and founder of fekkai hair care:
"Chassez le naturel, il revient au galop! The English translation is: if you chase the natural, it will come back full gallop, meaning don't fight who you are or what you look like—just work with it."

Hana Zalzal, founder of cargo cosmetics:
"Beauty is loving who you are, embracing the way you look, and continuing to make the most of both with a great haircut, neat brows, and some makeup basics. Makeup should be your servant, not your master. It should allow you to play, create, and evolve—it's a great tool for self-expression. Makeup is not permanent, so have fun with it!"

Maureen Kelly, creator of tarte:
"Beauty comes in all sizes and ages—it's an attitude! It's more than just about looking like a model or a movie star. It's about feeling your best, believing in yourself, and having the emotion to translate through your facial expressions and body movements."

Cristina Carlino, founder of philosophy:
"Beauty is as beauty does. We're remembered not by what we looked like, but how we behaved and changed the lives of others."

Dany Sanz, creator of make up for ever:
"Beauty can be bold or natural, but it always has to be in harmony with the individual."

Wende Zomnir, creator of urban decay:
"Beauty is a true expression of who you are. The coolest girls I know are never the ones with the prettiest faces or the best bodies; they're the ones with their own unique style and look. They are the ones who are true to who they are."

Jean Ford, cofounder of benefit:
"Beauty is a state of mind. What's beautiful to one person isn't necessarily to another. Beauty stops you in your tracks. Engages your eyes. Away from the ordinary, to the extraordinary."

Laura Geller, founder of laura geller makeup:
"Beauty means to me that a woman should grow into herself every year. To stop fighting the law of gravity—it's our birthright to look and feel good about ourselves in a way that we can control. A sixty-year-old woman who has never gone under the knife, but is enhanced because she wears her makeup correctly, looks so much more beautiful than a woman who's been pulled, lifted, and injected."

Ole Henriksen, founder of ole henriksen:
"Beauty means taking pride in caring for your appearance. Focus on eating deliciously healthy foods, take time to practice a fitness routine that energizes and strengthens your body, and don't forget to recharge your batteries and spend quality time with family and loved ones."

Sue Devitt of sue devitt studio cosmetics:
"Beauty starts internally. You have to eat healthfully, do yoga to stretch your body, Pilates to strengthen your core, and cardio to burn fat. Another important factor is to make time for yourself—choose some healthy things that make you feel great and do them for yourself."

Sephora
The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority
. Copyright © by Melissa Schweiger. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Recommended for all Sephora lovers!!!

    This book is useful to anyone that loves makeup. Whether youur a beginner or advanced this book will teach you a trick or to. In this book you will find tips on how to apply eyeshadow properly, how to get rid of dark circles, you'll even find out more about your favorite makeup brands, and know what the top hundred products are along with a descripted detail. This book is amazing and it would be great for all makeup lovers out there.

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    This Book is like volume 2 to "Iman: The Beauty of Color" I learn so much more. It teaches about hygiene for your make up and such. The Bomb!!!

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