Thursday, October 7

Book Review: Fine Beauty by Sam Fine

Beauty basics and beyond for African American women...

Sam Fine is an amazing artist and a role model of mine. Known for his work on women of color, you have seen his work on Iman, Destiney's Child, Monique, Tyra Banks and more recently Jennifer Hudson. I can spot his work anywhere. His classic look is clean and subtle; the King of contouring he enhances natural beauty without splashing color all over the place (like some of us *guilty face*).
The Fine Author: Mr Sam Fine

In this 157 page book he discusses the basics of make up including tools, eyeliner, mascara,contouring and highlighting (of course :-) He also answers some FAQ about make up for women of color.

The book also contains makeovers on 6 models including his mother and RuPaul.
Sam Fine's Mom
In the book you'll find shots from music video's (in black and white) he worked on including Brandy's "I want to get down", Deborah Cox's "Who do you love"and his work on other celebrities including Iman, Tyra Banks, Patti Labelle and Naomi Campbell.
The book ends with a note on his background, how he started his career and brief notes on some of  his friends in the beauty/fashion industry.
The classic Sam Fine Look; amazing!

This is one of the first beauty books I ever bought. Mr Fine is a huge inspiration of mine, his looks are transforming, super glamorous and subtle all at the same time. If he wrote another one I would buy it in a heart beat!
That said this book is not a complete beauty manual. The makeovers are not backed with step by step instructions on how they were created, you'll find that in his dvd (to be reviewed next). This might disappoint some, but if you are a brown girl or interested in makeup for brown girls  otherwise known as women of color, this book will probably answer some questions you have.
This is an old book (2001) its no longer in print, I got mine last year from ebay.




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