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Makeup Explained

Makeup Explained — Featuring celebrities from Missy Eliot to Calista Flockhart, some of the latest books offering professional beauty secrets

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Beauty may be only exfoliated, steamed, and polished skin deep, but that isn’t going to stop well-intentioned fashion gurus from foisting their best tips on the unmoisturized masses. Here’s a roundup of the latest style tomes.

D.I.Y. Beauty by Susan Redstone and Karen Bressler
Sample advice: To make your own flavored lip gloss, ”mix Kool-Aid and Vaseline.”
Celebs featured: Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Manson
Token ”beauty is within” line: ”If you’re not on top of keeping that inner you satisfied…outer beauty doesn’t stand a chance of shining through.”
Do-it-yourself tips are great, but drenching popped zits with lemon juice? Ick. B-

Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty by Bobbi Brown and Annemarie Iverson
Sample advice: Gold-plated braces, ”for those who just want to flaunt it!”
Celebs featured: Calista Flockhart, Niki Taylor, Jewel
Token ”beauty is within” line: ”Self-acceptance involves learning to live with (and treasure) those fundamental things we can’t change.”
Points for multicultural beauties — but an ugly duckling or two would be welcome. B+

Frederic Fekkai: A Year of Style by Frederic Fekkai
Sample advice: ”Pack your bags and move!” from a style-deprived part of the country.
Celebs featured: Salma Hayek, Liv Tyler, Hilary Swank
Token ”beauty is within” line: ”Beautiful women are both hard and soft, straightforward and mysterious, confident and kind.”
Worth picking up for the catty observations alone. A

Does This Make Me Look Fat? by Leah Feldon
Sample advice: ”Camouflage” jiggly ”bat wings” on your upper arms.
Celebs featured: Pamela Anderson, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell
Token ”beauty is within” line: ”If we’re smart, our real personal goals will be more in the realm of total well-being.”
Solid advice, but lose the references to ”thunder thighs” and ”banana rolls.” A-