“Color Me Beautiful” by Carole Jackson. This is the book that started it all. While the pictures now are outdated in styles, the color advice is priceless. While most adults have a clue as to what looks good on them, this helps provide a more complete palate. When I first discovered which colors looked best on me (I am a mixture with ashy blonde hair and brown eyes), shopping became a breeze. I could walk in a store and zero in on the colors that look good on me and fit with the other items in my wardrobe. I didn’t need to spend a lot of time shopping for things that weren’t going to work.
The color divisions are based on skin color alone in this book. One can go to a color consultant to get more individual advice, adding more colors to the palate, but just using this advice alone provides an excellent basis for discovering the best colors that suit you.
The main criticism of this book is that some types are hard to gauge based on the instructions in the book. However, criticisms of other books in this genre include being too complicated. This book excels in its simplicity, but may not be complicated for some types that seem to fit into two categories.
2. “Color For Men” – By Carole Jackson. By the same author as “Color Me Beautiful”. This is one of the very rare books on color and style tips for men that has been given universal praise by men and women alike.
3. “Color Me Beautiful MakeUp Book” by Carole Jackson – Even though the pictures are outdated, the color/make-up advice for skin types is excellent. Highly praised and rated. “It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s foolproof. The celebrated Queen of Color, Carole Jackson shows how her clear, detailed application techniques will bring out the beauty in you. Fully illustrated with vivid color-true palettes and full-color photos showing right and wrong looks for each season, this is the best make-up investment you’ll ever make.”
4. ” Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin – Excellent make up book. More modern than Carole Jackson’s. Highly praised. In Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin, North Americas preeminent makeup artist, shares his secrets, explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use those fundamentals (sometimes in unconventional ways) to create a wide range of different looks. Making Faces features step-by-step directions, instructional full-colour sketches, and a gallery of noncelebrity transformations, as well as fabulous images of stars and supermodels as youve never seen them before.Lush and enticing, Making Faces satisfies on many levels: extraordinary photography, surprising makeup looks on A-list celebrities (Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Courtney Love), and recipes for doing it yourself.
5. Bobbi Brown’s ” Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner to Pro” – Published in 2008 : Brown’s 25-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup–from how to find the right color and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup no matter your eye color and shape.
6. “Men’s Fashion Tips: Dress for Success” Men Can Learn About Art Of Coordination For Colors & Patterns To Look Sharp And Smart. From an experienced fashion expert. Three ebooks, including Men’s Suits and Men’s Shoes. Plus 5 bonuses, including personal consultation, 101 Romantic Ideas, Small Business Success Secrets, Hair Removal Guide, and The Science of Getting Rich.