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Bella Book: Eye Candy

Makeup artist Linda Mason is obsessed with eyes. From bright, bold, and sparkling, to subtle and demure, she shares her love of unconventional eye makeup in her book, Eye Candy: 55 Easy Makeup Looks for Glam Lids & Luscious Lashes. To her, eye makeup is an reflection of one's own unique personality, and she wrote this book to take the fear factor out of using bright colors and unusual techniques in everyday life.

The book starts with basic and informative tutorials on everything from how to shape brows correctly (she strongly favors a heavy, natural brow) to how to apply false eyelashes. She then delves into her 55 favorite eye makeup looks, complete with a photograph and breakdown of each. The breakdowns are brief, however, and might be difficult to follow if you are not already experienced with eye makeup application.

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The models are young, from 13 to 20, and it's clear that the looks are tailored for this age group. Clean, beautifully makeup-free faces are contrasted against brightly multicolored eye makeup in shades of peacock blues, hot pinks, sea greens, and some with elaborate designs drawn on and around the eyes. While they are striking, they are not very wearable for, say, the office. But for a costume party, or a glamorous night out, these could be fun to try.

I give Mason kudos for using beautifully unique, diverse, and everyday kinds of girls as her models. The looks may be difficult to wear in everyday life, but she obviously has a true passion for her art and beauty in all forms. If you check out this book and and are daring enough to try out one of her looks, send me a picture!

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