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Beauty: The New Basicsby Rona Berg
Synopses & Reviews
Big, ebullient, brimming over with know-how and passion, BEAUTY by Rona Berg is the only beauty book you'll ever need-a one-size-fits-all, 500-page guide of information, anecdotes and attitude. Illustrated throughout in two-color and featuring a 96-page full-color section, BEAUTY is filled with step-by-step how-tos, professional techniques, brand and product comparisons, and inside tips gleaned from a pro's pro who's covered the world of beauty for The New York Times Magazine, Elle magazine and other national publications.
The book tackles all three major categories-The Face, Hair, The Body. The emphasis is on simplicity and a healthy, natural approach, and the range cuts across all ethnicities and ages. There are five minute skin regimes, facials, makeup tricks and health tips. How to reduce stress in the bath and pamper yourself with an easy home spa. The long and short of hair care-including what to do on bad hair days. Remedies for beauty emergencies (eyes puffy from fatigue? do what the models do and use a dab of Preparation H). Plus make-overs, recipes, historical lore, stories, time-lines, and an extensive glossary and list of resources. It's a knock-out.
It's the new basics of beauty, with more than 400 jam-packed pages of information, techniques, and attitude.
Overflowing with know-how, passion, and secrets revealed, Beauty is a celebration of looking good and feeling good that emphasizes simplicity and a healthy, natural approach-while acknowledging that the right lipstick can change your life.
Comprehensive and compelling, its focus is head-to-toe beauty for woman of all ages, ethnicities, and stages of life.
Brands are named, products tested, labels demystified, recommendations given. Chapters are filled with essential step-by-step how-tos, from the best way to apply eye shadow to creating a home spa, along with proven tips, tricks, and techniques from makeup artists, aestheticians, hair stylists, and fashion industry insiders.
And then there is the fun of it: Rona's Remedies for beauty emergencies and bad hair days, illustrated time lines of beauty milestones and historical turning points, and full-color face and hair makeovers that show how to put it all together.
This one-size-fits-all guide of information, anecdotes, and attitude is illustrated throughout with two-color and features a 96-page color section, and is filled with step-by-step how-tos, professional techniques, brand and product comparisons, and inside tips. Includes makeovers, recipes, historical lore, stories, and an extensive glossary.
About the Author
Rona Berg is the former beauty editor for the New York Times Magazine. She was Editorial Director of Elle magazine and writes for numerous national publications, including Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Mirabella, Self, and Mademoiselle. Ms. Berg lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Part One The Face
Beauty Basics - 3
Smart Shopping - Cyber Beauty - A Professional consultation - When to Splurge - How to Read a Label - cutting Through the Hype - The Industry and the FDA: How Do They Get Away with It? Beauty from the Inside Out: 10 Steps to Real Beauty - Skin Vitamins
SKINCARE - 21
What Skin Type Are You? - Basic Four-Step Regimen - How to Cleanse - The Dope on Soap - Why Exfoliate - Anatomy of the Skin - Using the Right Moisturizer - Favorite Face Oils - No.1 Rule: Use Sun Protection - What Not to Do to Your Face - Plus: Best Cleansers, Scrubs, Toners, Moisturizers, Eye Creams
FACIALS - 47
What Every Facial Does - Pampering Plus: Types of Facials - High-Tech for Aging Skin - At-Home Facials - Behind the Mask: The Scoop on Goop - Sunday Night Special - Beauty Recipes - Cinderella's Mask: Tightening Treatments - Rona's Skin Remedies
AGING - 67
Caring for Older Skin the Smart Way - Adjust Your Regimen - Rethink Your Makeup - Renova and Retin-A - The Antiaging Arsenal: AHA's Antioxidants, and More - Cosmetic Dermatology: Facial Peels, Collagen, Lipo-Injection, Botox, Dermabrasion, and Laser Treatments
WAYS OF THE FLESH - 85
Adult Acne: Causes and Treatments - Acne Facials - Doctor's Orders - Home Recipes - How to Avoid Pore-Clogging Ingredients - Top Five Acne Don'ts - Sensitive and Allergic Skin - Other Unwanted Skin Conditions - Hair Removal: Waxing, Depilating, Bleaching, Electrolysis - Danger Zone: Moles, Brown Spots, and Skin Cancer
MAKEUP - 103
The Four Cosmetics C's: Comfort, Color, Contour, Confidence - What Color Are You? - Best Makeup Artist's Colors - Tools of the Trade: Mass vs. Class - The Toolbox - Foundation (What to Look For, Best Products, How to Apply) - Concealer - Blush - Contouring - The Powder Room - Eye Makeup: The Art of Illusion - Best Techniques with Eye Shadow, Eyeliner, Mascara - Four Classic Eye Looks - Lipstick, Tricks, and Colors The Looks: Natural Makeovers (with step-by-step instructions) - No-Brainer Beauty: Makeup That Works on Almost Every Woman
BEAUTY TIME LINE: THE FACE - 174
PART TWO HAIR
HAIRCARE - 183
Splitting Hairs - Best Haircare Regimen - What's Your Hair Type? - Decoding a Shampoo Label - At-Home Hair Packs - Best Shampoos and Conditioners - Haircare Q and A - Brush and Massage Scalp - Problem Hair: Flaking Scalp, Dandruff - Hair Loss - Rona's Hair Remedies
HAIR COLOR -207
Choosing Your Color - Types of Colors: What Works for Your Hair - Henna - Special Salon Techinques: Highlighting, Lowlighting, Foiling, Chunking, Double Processing, Glazing - Do-It-Yourself: At-Home Color - Color Toolkit, Tips, and Techniques - Go, Red - Shades of Gray - Caring for Color-Treated Hair - Best Products
HAIRCUTS and -STYLES - 227
Finding the Right Style: Face Shape, Hair Texture, Body Type - Finding a Stylist - The Cut - Mass vs. Class - Styling Your Hair - How to Apply Styling Products - The Toolbox - How to Defrizz - Best Hairstylists' Lines - Blow-Dry Basics - Ready to Roll? - Ironing - Putting It All Together: Five Easy Styles (with step-by-step instructions) - Head Trips: Perming and Relaxing - Styling Solutions: The Ponytail, French Twist, Chignon, How to French Braid, Dreads, Extensions
BEAUTY TIME LINE: HAIR - 262
PART THREE THE BODY
BATH and BODY - 269
Cleansing - Exfoliating: How to Dry-Brush - The Soapbox - Elbows and Knees - Shaving - Body Smoothers: Salts, Scrubs, and Masks - Home Recipes - Moisturizing - Best Products - Stretch Marks - Cellulite - How to Create a Home Spa - A Bath on One's Own - Aromatherapy
HANDS and FEET - 293
Hands-On Regimen - Best Products - Caring for Your Nails - The Classic Manicure: At the Salon and at Home - The Polish - The Nail File - Artificial Nails - Nail Kit - The Classic Pedicure - How to Pamper Your Pods - Reflexology - Rona's Nail Remedies
THE SPA - 315
Good Spa Hunting - Before You Go: What to Ask - Day Spas - Spa Treatments: Hydrotherapy, Stone Therapy, Wraps and Rubs, Mud and Salt - Diary: A Day in the Life of A spa-Goers - Treatment Tips - Massage: Swedish, Shiatsu, Reiki, Watsu, and Thai
BEAUTY TIME LINE: THE BODY - 330
GLOSSARY - 335
APPENDICES - 347
Cosmetic Surgery - Insider Shopping - Day Spas - Destination Spas - Hair Salons - Recommended Reading - Organizations
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