Friday, July 24, 2009

Beauty Literotica: The Beauty of Color by Iman

Hello, gorgeous!

In 2005, Iman published her makeup book which she co-wrote with Tia Williams called “The Beauty of Color”. I remember sitting at Barnes and Nobles and reading it along other books and magazines and thought it was good. Then as soon as I walked out of the door, I promptly forgot all about it. Until years later, I saw this book at the local library that I remembered of that day.

I’ve always loved Iman as a model: she has this fierce and ageless look that not many models, regardless age or race, can have. I know Tyra Banks is the current epitome of fierceness but before her, Iman owned the term. It’s just that she didn’t say it.

“The Beauty of Color” is a beautifully photographed and well-written book on makeup. As the name implied, this book focuses on beauties in different skin tones. From light skinned to dark skinned models and celebrities, this book is a good source of inspiration to makeup aficionados.

How to get a good foundation match
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The book can be roughly divided into three parts: skincare, makeup basics, and makeovers on celebrities and regular folks. On top of that, it was written in a friendly girlfriend to girlfriend tone. Sounds familiar? I think so, too! As I leaf through this book, I can’t help but have a sense of déjà vu. And what does it remind me of? The other two books that Kevyn Aucoin wrote: “Making Faces” and “Face Forward”.

The Fab Four face looks

From the way the looks were illustrated to this FabFour faces, it all screamd “Kevyn Aucoin” to me. When Kevyn did the makeup and took most of the photos in his books, “The Beauty of Color” was teamed with a ton of makeup artists and photographers. Whether they used IMAN Cosmetics products on the models is still unknown to me. Also, I can see some hints of photoshop here and there. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a good book but who can really write a makeup book these days without emulating Kevyn Aucoin. It’s hard when the last book he wrote, which was published nine years ago, is still considered an inspiration to the makeup industry today.

Inside “The Beauty of Color”, there are some familiar faces of models and celebrities that were still unknown back in 2005. I recognized Selita Ebanks and Oluchi, two current Victoria's Secret models, and Padma Lakshmi – pre Top Chef. It also featured some of my favorite celebrities: Liya Kebede, the Ethiopian supermodel and former face of Estee Lauder, Alicia Keys, my lovely Kimora Lee Simmons, and of course, Ms. Tyra Banks.

The fabulous Iman with a feather cap
Love it!

Liya Kebede


...and Kimora

Here's a makeover of a woman in her 20s

Whether you are black, white, Asian, Latina, you can find at least one face that’s similar to yours. However, as my beauty philosophy is geared more toward “beauty without borders”, I think any look can be applicable on anybody – regardless of how you and the model look. This book is well written and the looks are not complicated. I highly suggest you to take a look at it the next time you go to the bookstore or your local library.


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  1. This books sound interesting. The pictures are beautiful too, esp the one of Imam with a feather cap. But I've just managed to get my hands on Making Faces and Face Forward so I don't think I'll get any more makeup books in while, at least not before I finish them!

  2. fantastic pictures! I love makeup books well. They are so inspiring! Kimora looks so diffrent in that picture wow! Great post:)

  3. Hi Gio,

    Although this book is similar in style to Kevyn Aucoin's books, it's still a very good read. A good way not to get overwhelm is to pace them out, and so far you're good at it. When you get it, I hope you'll enjoy the book as much as I do.

  4. Hi Sara,

    Thank you for coming here. I love Kimora as well, her look is so distinctive in this book. When I did the review, I wanted to take pictures of every single pages. They are really gorgeous!

  5. I already finished reading this book.. and also Making Faces by Kevin Aucoin..

  6. Hi Sofee,

    I'm glad you enjoy it!

  7. Hi Khym,

    I saw you in my Follow list for a while and I'm so happy you comment. I hope you enjoy reading those books, I found them very useful!

  8. I use an old Nikon camera. I'm sure it could take proper pictures, but I think I'm seriously just camera-impaired :P

  9. Hi May,

    I thought so, too, until I read the manual. Turned out I did not use my camera correctly at the beginning. You can also install a program to color correct the pictures. I use Paint.NET which is free.

  10. I love this book! i always read it when i go to Barnes and Nobles. I haven't read Making Faces by Kevin yet, and I hear that's a pretty good beauty book as well.

  11. Hi Dee,

    Making Faces is a bit hard to find, I got it from If you can get it, please read it. That book is really awesome!


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