Pretty: The NYLON Book of Beauty
Residing at the forefront of cool since its inception, NYLON magazine has introduced a new style into the world of fashion magazines, and changed the tone of fashion, beauty, and culture coverage. Pretty: The NYLON Book of Beauty breaks the mold again, with a stylish edge over existing beauty manuals. The magazine's beauty department, Beauty Queen, is informative, stylisti...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Universe
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Mar 11, 2012 Clare rated it 4 of 5 stars
I love this book and it's quite addictive. It's a different kind of beauty book, full of iconic beauty products for real women that I would actually use and profiles iconic and sometimes unlikely women from the 1920s through to the 90s. Women with real and unique style that I would actually look up to like Anna Karina, Winona Ryder, Lillian Gish, Clara Bow, Katharine Hepburn, Natalie Wood, Marianne Faithfull, Faye Dunaway, Stevie Nicks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shannon Doherty and bizaarely but pleasi...more
Not only is this book a fresh view on beauty à la Nylon Magazine, but also a great condensed biography on many past beauty icons. Ranging from the 1920's to the 1990's, beauty icons such as Dolores Del Rio, Anna Karina and David Bowie. An interesting, yet simple look into the best beauty products over time and the looks that inspire the pages of Nylon today. An easy read with lovely visuals, both photographs and illustrations.
Reading this was like reading the beauty section of a magazine with much more pages. This is recommended for make-up lovers. This book tells us a lot about iconic beauty products alongside with its history. But as I'm not really into make-up, I found this book quite so-so. Maybe if I were one, I will enjoy this.
This isn't even literature, it's like reading a very fat, nicely illustrated magazine without the celebrity gossip. Oh, wait, no, there was gossip. But it's a great 'read' if you're into fashion and beauty. Instead of how-to tips and the latest trend in makeup, this book goes over the best, classic products and perfumes, and does a chronological history on the most beauty-influential celebrities from the 20's. Like I said, it's fun if you're into beauty.
Aug 28, 2007 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who need a good dose of girly.
215 pages of eye candy. My favorite part is the "Private Icons" section, where they pick celebrities from the 1920's on, describe their look, and give suggestions on how to copy it. I like the stars from the 40s'and 50s that they feature, like Katherine Hepburn, Lana Turner, and Natalie Wood. The size (9" x 6.5") and hefty stock of the paper make this a very ergonomically-pleasing book.