Pretty Read: Glitter & Glam (Melanie Mills)

Makeup books come and go. Some of them are practical… most of them are not. So as you turn the the pages and discover one epic look after another, there is typically no practical instruction to accompany the amazing pictures (which can often be airbrushed into oblivion). So at the end of the day, you’re left with a pretty picture book.

*Oh how I miss Kevyn Aucoin…*

But Melanie Mills is hoping to change that. The award-winning artist recently released a book that is as colorful as it is instructive. Glitter & Glam showcases some of Melanie’s favorite makeup looks, with step by step instructions on how to take your face from flat to fabulous.

First, a personal note about this author. Can I just say that she is one of the most effervescent, truly sweet artists that I’ve come across. She was all smiles as she explained the concept (and the process) of this book. She literally ‘glitters’ from head to toe. Considering the fact that she’s also the mastermind behind her Gleam body makeup line, it’s safe to say that Melanie Mills never met a shimmer she didn’t love.

The book features dancers, actors, and singers from Dancing With The Stars, on which Melanie was head of the makeup department for a number of years. She developed the original Gleam body makeup for the show (a formula of which I am a TRUE believer), because it gave the dancers a flawless ‘glow’ without transferring to their clothes or sweating off.

Now, here’s what I love about this book. The beginning outlines a basic ‘kit’ that you’ll need to achieve any of the looks. All of the items are pretty practical, and dupes can easily be found for just about anything Mills calls for in the book. As you take in each ‘look’ — there’s a provided list of products, from your ‘kit’ that you’ll need to get the job done. Easy peasy.

This is a pretty easy read. The book is as excitable and unpretentious as Mills, and you can kind of ‘feel’ her enthusiasm about makeup as you turn the pages. Mills truly loves her craft, and is willing to go to great lengths to get the perfect ‘look.’

I had fun turning these pages. You can find out more about Glitter & Glam HERE.




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