Makeup Is Art ~ The Best Makeup Book!

"Makeup is art. Every face is a blank canvas and every brush stroke creates something magical. Makeup enhances natural beauty but also builds confidence for everyday life. This book intends to inspire makeup artists, those wishing to enter this exciting career and those who want to experiment with, and develop, their makeup looks."

I have never read a makeup book like I would a novel. That was until I found 'Makeup is Art' By AOFM (Academy Of Freelance Makeup). I was blown away and fell in love with makeup all over again.

This is, by far, THE BEST makeup book I have ever bought. If you are a makeup artist or you are a fan of creative makeup, then this is THE book to buy. Everything you need to know about makeup is right here. It takes you through the A-Z of makeup- from Understanding Face Shapes to Makeup Textures to Natural Makeup to Editorial Makeup to Iconic Eras to Lighting to Body Art to Catwalk & Backstage to Tools & at the end, "How to get work in this competitive industry?"

I tried to find a flaw in this book, but I couldn't find any. The writers gave their 100% while creating it. The pictures are beyond awesome, the writing is to-the-point and very easy to imagine, and the tips & techniques shown could have only come from some of the most experienced & 'true' makeup artists. The one thing that makes this book different from other makeup books I have read is, it mentions & gives examples of the products used. They used high end/street brands (Chanel, MAC, Bobbi Brown) to drugstore brands (Maybelline, L'Oreal etc). It seems they love using Dermalogica for the skin.
Makeup Artist & Founder of AOFM: Jana Ririnui and Makeup Artist & Creative Director: Lan Nguyen

Here are some pics from the book:
Working With Diamantes

Colour Effects

Iconic Eras

1960's Dollybird Look


Smokey Eyes Tutorial

Lip Art

Hope you enjoyed the pics. There are a lot more amazing ones but, of course, I couldn't put them all. I might be doing some looks from this book in the near future...it's just so inspiring! I'm sure that if you already know a bit about makeup and you read this book, you'll be able to paint a model for a magazine cover! :)

To conclude, here are a few useful tips from 'Makeup Is Art':
  • Wait a few minutes for your moisturizer to settle into your skin before applying foundation, because if your face is damp & sticky, it can cause the foundation to clog up and look uneven.
  • Always apply foundation in downwards strokes to minimize pores.
  • Heavy coverage powders, like MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, take out any redness from the skin and even out discoloration..
  • Foundations turn a shade darker on oily skin because it mixes with the skin's natural oils.
  • For more staying power and better coverage, let concealer set for 5-10 seconds after application & before blending.
  • Mix a highlighter with concealer to add brightness under the eyes and add flattering highlights to the face.
There are some more, but I can't remember them right now. I am going to read it again & keep a pen and some post-its ready.

Price ~ Rs.1166. It's a hardcover, so it's quite hard to handle while reading it in bed. My arms & neck & chest hurt, but I didn't care! =D

Rating ~ ♥♥♥♥♥ 5/5. Highly recommended!

Availability ~ Flipkart.com , Amazon.com

*To read my reviews on other Makeup & Beauty Books [Kevyn Aucoin, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Makeup For Asian Women], please click HERE

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


  1. this sounds amazing - i'd love to get my hands on this book. not a make up artist here, but i love playing with make up a lot. please share more of these tips with us (since i don't know if i'll manage to get the book here where i live)...



  2. I want this book it looks amazing! I had purchased the Changing Faces book I heard a lot about it but it ended up not being too inspiring

  3. The books looks amazing, thanks for sharing.

  4. Cynthia bobbi brown has two other books.

    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro


    Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules Book

    have u read them/ heard reviews? i want to get one but dunno which one. The things i have read online about them is that they`re both not that good.
    So i remain undecided. Theyve been in my flipkart wishlist forever

    let me know if u have heard/know

  5. Hi Cynthia!
    The book looks brilliant! I was wondering about any makeup books available in India..in a bookstore.I've started getting into makeup and would like some literature on it :)

  6. OMG!! The makeup looks are just fab <3 Thanks for sharing!!!!

  7. OMG im gtting this Cynth !
    Missed your blog posts btw!

  8. I loved the way this book is..... I got the bobbi brown one but im aiming for this too now... grt yaa!!!
    and thanks for the tips too :)

  9. i want this too..! the pictures are so inspiring!

    hope to see some "inspired" looks from you soon!!

  10. I love the 1960s Dollybird Look & other looks from the 60s!

  11. Awesome....As I was reading the post, was waiting for that one sentence "I will posting looks from this book"

    exciteddddd and waiting for your take on them :-))

  12. I have to start reading makeup books.

  13. GGG- hehe...aww...will do some soon


  14. nena- will do that after I've read it again


  15. Abby- There might be some in bookstores, but very limited. Flipkart is best if u want the most popular ones


  16. FPHD- I haven't read reviews on them, so don't know, sorry.


  17. I have seen this book in bookstore and my boyfriend was with me there and I said in excited voice: If you want to give me something as a present, please buy this book. We´ll see if he remembers it :D This happened about 3 months ago :P


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