Saturday, 23 March 2013

Book Review - The Beauty of Color by Iman

Welcome to the first post in a new series I'm trying, about some of the beauty, lifestyle and foodie books I own.  As someone who has a pretty extensive book shelf, you can probably appreciate I have lots to talk about, so I hope you enjoy!  I think I should have a proper name for the series, but so far I'm drawing a blank; if you have any suggestions, I'd love to read them in the comments below.

The first book I've chosen to talk about is The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Guide for Skin of Color by the amazing Iman.

Beauty of Color Iman

I'll get the negative over with straight away on this one and say that as an 'instructional' beauty book, The Beauty of Color is honestly a little on the basic side for someone who is as beauty obsessed as I am.  The sections on choosing the right skincare and makeup would have been great for me to read as a teenager, but as someone older and with a little more beauty knowledge, I was left a little cold.

There are plenty of reasons why I still love this book though, the key of which is a little on the nostalgic side.  Growing up as a mixed-race girl in the north of England in the early-mid 90s (I'm part black and part white if you're interested), I felt very different to my friends and I really looked up to stunning women of colour like Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams and of course the flawless Iman.  Books like this one, featuring all of these women looking so beautiful, along with many other women of different races and skin tones, didn't really exist in my formative years, but would have really appealed to my teenage self if they had!

Beauty of Color Iman

I also love The Beauty of Colour because sitting down with this book you're treated to little bits of information about Iman's experiences in the modeling and beauty industries.  Having to mix her own foundation and bring it to shoots (because the makeup artists didn't have any shades to suit her) eventually led Iman to create her own makeup line for women of all skin tones.  It sort of makes you realise that without groundbreaking women like Iman, younger women like myself would probably still be stuck with makeup that was too pink/too orangey/too red/too grey and just plain wrong.

Other reasons I adore this book include the photography which captures the diversity of skin tones so beautifully, the selection of make-up looks (my favourite is the 'Dominatrix Diva pictured below), the rather inspirational foreword by Salma Hayek, and finally the photographs of wonderfully diverse modern celebrities.

Beauty of Color Iman

Honestly I wouldn't suggest purchasing this book if you want a lot of in depth information about skincare, or instructions on how to create a range of make-up looks for different occasions, but if you're interested in Iman, or having a book with a collection of beautiful images like this one, then it's not a bad one to have on your bookshelf.

Comment below if you have a favourite beauty book.  Or let me know, who was your beauty inspiration growing up?

5 comments:

  1. Iman is so gorgeous and she never ages! I don't have any beauty books, but I'd love to take a look at this one. It looks so interesting!
    I actually have a hard time finding a foundation or a concealer that matches my skin tone in Brazil - I'm far too pale according to Brazilian standards, so most of the popular products are too dark for me. It's funny how these things change depending on the country you live in.
    My beauty inspiration growing up was Nicole Kidman, I just absolutely adored her.

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    1. She really is stunning isn't she? There are a few pages in the book that show photos of her over from her early modelling days in the late 70s and early 80s, right up to now and she is just ageless.

      I'm actually a little surprised that Brazil doesn't have a wider shade range, particularly with the popularity of such famous lighter skinned Brazilian models like Gisele. I guess every country has its ideal of beauty though and it can be difficult to find things outside of that.

      I like your choice of Nicole Kidman :-) She's always been stunning, I like her best when she has her hair naturally curly.

      Sharon x

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  2. I've heard of this book but never read it. Iman is so unique and amazing. I'm very fair skinned but have yellow under-tones and a lot of make up artists in the U.K can never find an exact match to my skin. Plus the skin on my body is darker then my face. Growing up I guess Jlo was an inspiration to me, xoxo.

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    1. As far as models and entrepreneurs go Iman is definitely a favourite of mine. I'm reasonable light skinned too actually (only an NC25 at this time of year) but growing up it was a nightmare to find foundations because of the yellow undertones in my skin.

      JLo is such an inspiration, she's so stunning!

      Sharon x

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  3. Hi Sharon,
    Could you take picture for page of Tracy Trinita?

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