Ultimate Beauty Day 9: Learn More About Beauty

10DaysBanner Goal: Increase your beauty knowledge.

Since Day 8 of the 10 Days to Ultimate Beauty was a tough one, today will be more relaxed. Consider it a mini-vacation.

Learning More About Beauty

Practicing new beauty techniques on your own is a fine way to get better at applying makeup. But you will get even better if you learn new techniques from others. Being a regular reader of Makeup Files is certainly a start (thank you by the way!), but there are other places to learn more about beauty as well.

Here is just a small selection of the best places for beauty knowledge:

  • “Beauty, The New Basics” by Rona Berg. Written by a New York Times and Elle beauty editor (so you can trust her opinion), “Beauty, the New Basics,” is a good book for both beginners and intermediates. It focuses both on inner and outer beauty, which is always a plus.
  • “Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin. Although written in the 90s, “Making Faces” is still a huge beauty buy even today. Learn about pretty much everything involved in beauty, learn cool makeup looks and see the art involved in applying makeup.
  • “Face Forward” by Kevyn Aucoin. Another book by the late Kevyn Aucoin, “Face Forward” shows the beautiful, artistic quality of makeup. For how-tos, this book is a bit more advanced than other beauty books. Use it as inspiration for your own looks.
  • “Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes” by Rona Berg. Unlike most beauty books, “Fast Beauty” focuses on aspects that you’ve probably never even heard before. This is a good book if you already have other methods for learning about typical beauty tips and techniques.
  • Glamour. Has sections not just about beauty, but about fashion, health and love as well. Read product reviews and get tips and advice. Right now a subscription is just a dollar an issue, plus a “free bag.”
  • Allure. Allure calls themselves a “beauty expert.” Well, isn’t that nice? They have regular sweepstakes to win beauty products along with makeovers, how-tos and the latest beauty news. They have the same subscription offer as Glamour.
  • Elle. Elle talks about fashion, beauty, hair, pop culture and more. Their website is also a good place to go for pretty much anything. A subscription to Elle is less than a dollar per issue.
  • Total Beauty. Although I terminated my business relationship with them a while back, Total Beauty is still a good place to go for beauty how-tos and product reviews. Their reviews are great because you hear what both bloggers and regular people think of a product.
  • Betty Confidential. Betty Confidential’s Style and Beauty section is a good place to go for how-tos and tips. They also show current style trends and show a lot of pictures of celebrity makeup and fashion.
  • BellaSugar. Answer beauty polls, look at celebrity makeup or learn about new brands and products.
  • Temptalia. One of the most popular beauty blogs of all time, Christine of Temptalia updates multiple times a day to show makeup tutorials, polls, community questions and product reviews.
  • Makeup and Beauty Blog. Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog updates mutiple times a day to give us reviews, product news and quite hilarious posts. Expect visits from her cat, Tabs.
  • My Makeup Blog. Dao is charming and social as she gives you makeup reviews and updates beyond the realm of beauty. She even started her own mineral makeup line, Formula D Minerals!
  • Beautiful With Brains. Besides the requisite product reviews and makeup tutorials, Gio also teaches us about beauty ingredients and other useful information not found on other blogs.

You can also learn about beauty from video makeup tutorials.

Assignment Day 9: Since it’s free, I highly recommend bookmarking the websites and blogs listed above. Visit regularly and take in the information they happen to be giving out for free. And, of course keep visiting Makeup Files.

If you have extra money lying around, consider purchasing one of the books or magazines as well.

Extra Credit: Now that you’re visiting other beauty websites and blogs, I want you to start interacting with the community. Post a thoughtful, relevant comment on a post from each one of the blogs. Did you like their tutorial? Say so! Were you surprised at a honest review of a crappy product? Express your appreciation for their honesty! Heck, you might as well comment here, too. I love to hear from you!

How many of these do you already read? Do you have the books? Magazines? Did you already visit this small list of blogs? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. Thanks a lot for the mention hun, I really appreciate it. I agree with you that these places are great to learn new makeup techniques. When I was younger, I used to read the beauty sections of magazine to learn all about makeup but now I’ve moved onto blogs. The ones you listed are all on my daily read list as is yours. 🙂 I’ve also recently read the Kevyn Aucoin books and they’ve inspired me to try new looks like dark eyes and dark lips together. Who know that could look so good?
    .-= gio´s last blog ..QOTW: Do you use every beauty product you own? =-.

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