make-up Magic cover

How about some make-up?

Make-up Magic
Van Hazinga
1987

What make-up goes best with big hair and leg warmers? For that complete 1980s look, you can learn some nifty techniques to make your eyes, cheeks, and lips ready for that next school dance or for an 1970s-80s David Bowie Cosplay.

Make-up, fashion, and hair books, need to be weeded more often than you think. Aside from changing styles, many of these books will reference products that are no longer available. This book is aimed at teen girls so being extra conscious of issues of body issues, diversity, inner beauty should also be considered. That said, this little artifact from the 1980s should be weeded from the collection as soon as possible. I doubt that Mom’s (or possibly Grandma) choices in make-up would be any teen’s first choice.

Make-Up Art cover

Make-Up Art

Make-Up Art
Freeman
1991

Submitter: This book looked like a good choice back in 1991. However it has not circulated in some time. It’s pretty grubby with what I hope are just makeup stains. Some of the sketches are let’s say… Interesting.

Holly: Ummm…yeah. The Chinese Mask is definitely a no-go. Cultural appropriation is not cute. The back of the book (image below) says it’s the “most modern” on the subject. This is a series – I wonder what’s in the other volumes??

buyer's guide to cosmetics

An 1980s guide to makeup

The Buyer’s Guide to Cosmetics
Boughton and Hughes
1981

I am going to guess that a buyer’s guide of anything from 1981 is going to be worthless for a modern public library collection. Buyer’s guides are only good for a few years. Products change, companies that make products change, and of course prices change. This book should have been weeded by 1990. As of this writing, this book was still in circulation. I know it is a reference book, but it is dull and not laid out in an interesting way. You can hear it yawn when you open the book.

makeover

Teen Makeover

The Make-Over
A Teen’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Beautiful
Parks-McKay
1985

Ah, the 1980s live again. This book has all the makeup and fashion advice your average teen girl needs. The shirt/vest combo looks 1970s (I say this because I had a similar outfit in 1977. Heck, I think I had the same hair as well.) By the 1980s we were all looking for some big hair via perms. For me personally, the 1980s ended up being a series of bad choices in hair and fashion.