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