I am a real makeup and beauty novice, but it is something I am fascinated by, and I love learning more about. I was never really into makeup that much when I was a teenager, as I had quite problematic skin, which was oily, blemished and left me with constant panda eyes and breakouts. Now that I'm a bit older and everything has calmed down a bit, and I've found a few items which really suit me, I feel like I am making up for lost time.
Although I love youtube and blogs for learning more about different products and how to apply things, I decided to invest in a book to give me a bit more in depth knowledge of the basics which I have missed out on. I did some research and when I got a voucher for House of Fraser a few weeks ago I decided to add the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual to my basket.
The book is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. It has lots of basic information that a beauty guru would probably yawn at, but for me was really useful. Things like how and where to apply blush, choosing the right colours for your skin and what tools you should have in your makeup bag.
I really liked that it covered all different skin colours, from super pale like me to dark and Asian skin as well. None of this three similar shades of tan business and claim you are being diverse like you see from some makeup companies. I can definitely see myself referring back to this book as I grow my collection and try out more complicated makeup in the future, like gasp contouring eyeshadow for example.
There is a section at the back on how to go about starting a career as a makeup artist, which although I found interesting, it seemed to be a bit at odds with the front of the book, which was much more for beginners like me. Also some of the book is quite 90s, especially some of the photos - which feel like they are from Bobbi Brown's heyday, rather than being up to date. I don't think that matters too much though, as the basics and beginners advice is timeless.
Overall I am pretty happy with this book - it is a great reference book to have on the shelf for when you are experimenting with makeup, but if you are already pretty knowledgeable on the subject I think you can safely give this one a miss as it probably won't tell you anything you don't already know.