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Review: Vintage Secrets Hollywood Beauty by Laura Slater


I’ve read so many vintage beauty books that I’m surprised that I haven’t read them all yet! This is the newest one to my collection, and I was a bit weary reading it. I’m not sure why, but I was! Did my gut feeling prove me right?

A stylish and informative guide to beauty from the golden age of Hollywood glamour, Vintage Secrets: Hollywood Beauty teaches readers how to recreate a wide variety of iconic looks — from the pencil-thin, arched eyebrows and kohl-rimmed eyes made famous by silent-film starlet Clara Bow to Rita Hayworth’s luxuriant locks and Marilyn Monroe’s ‘blonde all over’ glow.

Inside, you’ll find a wealth of tips and tricks used by icons of the silver screen — and learn just how far some of them were prepared to go to obtain their famous looks. Packed with instructions, illustrations, and classic photographs, as well as timeless advice from fashion figureheads such as legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and iconic designer Coco Chanel, Vintage Secrets: Hollywood Beauty is the go-to beauty guide for film fans and fashionistas alike.

This is such a great book if you are just starting out with vintage beauty or the history of beauty. It puts all the basics into one small book, it only has 150 pages, but it is very clear with beautiful (coloured) pictures and great tutorials. I finished the book in an hour and a half, so I was very interested in it. The writing style was really fun, and it didn’t feel dry and boring, as some non-fiction books can get.

It isn’t the best, I’ve got better books in my collection, but like I said, it’s a great book if you are starting out. A sort of beginners bible, I’d call it. You have the basics, clear and simple, but it could’ve gone more in depth. If you want more in-depth information, or if you are an experienced reader on this subject, you don’t really need this one, but if you are interested, I really recommend it!

Even though it wasn’t the best of my collection I still gave this a high score, because as a stand alone book, it’s great. You can get this book here!


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