I had the pleasure to recently receive a comp copy of the hardcover Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority published by HarperCollins. I'm a total Sephora fiend - I can spend hours in that store playing with make-up, but sometimes a store full of beauty products can be so overwhelming in determining what products work best for me.
The book is a great mix of make-up advice from beauty experts on techniques like shaping your eyebrows, blow drying your hair to get a salon-style blowout, applying fake lashes, fixing mascara mishaps, perfecting smoky eyes, and so much more! Best of all, after each advice and tips & tricks, the book names products that will help and why.
Here are some of my favorite tips from the book:
- "If you have a bad breakout, don't wear red lipstick, because you'll be repeating and bringing out the color of the blemishes. Wear a soft brown or neutral color instead."
- "A great way to find your perfect lip shade is by looking at the inside of your cheek and find a color that's two shades darker. That color is the most natural match for your lips."
- "Dab a luminizer on the cupid's bow of the mouth and lips will look instantly plumper."
- If you have a break out, "put some Visine on a spoon, pop it in the freezer for a bit, and then place it on the pimple. It eliminates redness and reduces swelling like magic!"
Terrific book - really! If you love beauty magazines, this is like all the great tips and products squeezed into one handy, beautifully photographed book. If you're learning about make-up, then this is definitely a must-have. $18.45 at Amazon.
Yep, one lucky Rare Bird Finds reader will score a copy of Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment to this post telling us your own personal favorite beauty tip. One winner will be selected at random and notified. Make sure you put your email address on
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