Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Beauty Book Review: Express Makeup by Rae Morris

Further to my review of the Style Eyes, I am back to discuss another makeup book: Express Makeup by Rae Morris.

Known widely as the most influential makeup artist working in Australia today, Rae Morris can also boast the titles of best selling author, L’Oréal Paris Makeup Director and four times Australian Makeup Artist of the Year.
Collaborating with some of the world’s leading photographers including Daniela Federici, Justin Cooper, Philippe Cometti, Sarah Silver and Jason Capobianco, Rae has worked on editorial covers, fashion and beauty spreads in magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone and In Style. Advertising clients who seek out Rae’s work include Max Factor, Bobbi Brown, Coca Cola, Adidas, Nokia and Ella Baché.

Express Makeup is the third out of four makeup books released by Rae (the others being Makeup: The Ultimate Guide, Beautiful Eyes: The Ultimate Eye Makeup Guide and Timeless Makeup), and provides fast, easy to achieve looks for women who want to look great in a hurry.

I really like the way this book is presented: beautiful glossy pages with stunning photographs (taken by Stephen Chee) not dissimilar to something out of Vogue magazine - this could be your classic coffee table book.

The steps and advice are really clear and concise, and there is a good variety of different looks to try, both for young and more mature women, as well as for Caucasian, Asian and Black skin tones.

It is a lovely book which covers the basics from makeup kit, brushes and how to choose foundation to more complex topics such as bronzing, contouring and highlighting. The images are stunning (see below for examples) and I love the way the models' skin is left almost completely natural looking rather than being caked in foundation (you can see their freckles, for example) as I've seen in some other beauty books.

Miranda Kerr! I ♥ Miranda

The one thing I don't like is the constant plugging of Rae's website and own brand of brushes. 
Fair enough to say 'you can use a buffing brush from the Real Techniques range, or for a more affordable alternative the ELF studio powder brush...' (that was a made up example), or even just say 'use a buffing brush like this' with a photo to illustrate so you know what you're looking for, but I don't appreciate the self promotion - especially when i don't even think the brushes are available here!

That aside, and because I haven't read any of her other books (apparently there can be repetition in subject matter, especially when compared to Makeup: The Ultimate Guide), I enjoyed looking through this book and definitely picked up some tips.

You can currently find this on Amazon around the £10 mark (or from Rae's own website).

Have you read any of Rae Morris' other books, or is there any beauty books you'd recommend?


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