Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Rae Morris’ third book, Express Makeup, continues to showcase her talent and creativity in the beauty world. Morris hails from Australia where she became an “accidental” makeup artist when she had to assist on a photo shoot with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Express Makeup is filled with simple and easy tips that can help any woman look beautiful. The first section of the book covers specific makeup products and how to use them properly, while the second section includes numerous finished looks that can be easily recreated.

Here are just a few tips that I found very helpful:

  • Highlighting

Never use white or silver greys to highlight your skin. Only use these colors for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes.

  • Achieving a Glow to the Skin

For youthful, wrinkle-free skin, you can use luminizer all over the face by adding a few drops of luminizer to your moisturizer.

  • Eyeliner (LOVE this one)

To get a dramatic liner look that looks clean and neat, apply lots of kohl pencil to the inner rim of each eye. Tape your eyelids and color in with a black eye gel. Take it along your entire top eyelash line, then pull off the tape.

Express Makeup is especially well done because it is well illustrated and not wordy. Many how-to books often involve pages of instruction and very few pictures. As a result, it can be difficult to grasp the concept of application. The colorful pictures in this particular book make applications easy, even for beginners. Morris also uses different ethnicities in her demonstrations so any woman can benefit from this book.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Wendy Fitos is a makeup artist and esthetician with 22 years of experience. Her goal is to educate women on how to create looks that will meet both professional and personal styles. Wendy lives in Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys reading and exercising.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Allen & Unwin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.