The Makeup Manual For Real People

Being inspired by fabulous makeup and being able to duplicate it are two entirely different things. The eponymous François Nars, the man behind the NARS cosmetic brand, knows. That's why he launched the bestselling beauty manual Makeup Your Mind, which broke down the creative makeup application process with instructions marked on clear plastic pages cleverly laid over photographs. Ten years later, we're all buzzing over the sequel, which just launched in May with new looks and a new concept.

MakeupYour Mind: Express Yourself also includes tips from François himself, but this time the models are real men and women plucked from the streets of New York shown in identically styled before and after images-again overlaid with clear acetate diagram pages. Various ages (from 16 to 64), ethnicities, skin tones and facial shapes are represented to showcase different ways of expressing individual beauty and to inspire readers to find new ways of expressing themselves.

The looks range from polished to transformative, and with 273 pages of photos, step-by-step instructions, specific shade names and tools used, you're bound to find a style you can recreate that says “you.”


The looks range from polished to transformative, and with 273 pages of photos, step-by-step instructions, specific shade names and tools used, you're bound to find a style you can recreate that says “you.”