I am always mooching on YesAsia.com, as they have a lot of Asian beauty books. It’s hit and miss – the good ones have lots of visuals (since I can’t read them) and just look great. Some are very text heavy or may be really sparse.
Takako is a Japanese make up artist and from what I gather is quite a legend. I have one of her other books, which is more of a guide book but I’ve had my eye on this one for a while; Fleur:
It’s a small hardback book. The thing is – it is all visual. No guides.
Although it is a very pretty book to look at, I wish I bought something else. It is a visual book full of pretty pictures, but to me isn’t quite to pass as an art make up book, like say Nars’s X-RAY book. The looks are quite out there so not necessarily something I would replicate either.
It’s also quite a thin book – there aren’t tons of looks or styles and the same model is used throughout so it gets quite samey.
All in all, I wish I had bought something else because I had my eye on the VOCE make up book. Nevermind, you live and learn!