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By Allison Warenik-Queenan

Makeup guru Bobbi Brown’s latest book, Beauty Rules: Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons For Loving Your Teens And Twenties, is a must read for every young woman, as well as for any woman with a younger woman in her life who looks up to her. Bobbi successfully focuses on loving yourself as you are, making the most of what you’ve got and using makeup as a tool to accentuate your features, no mater how distinctive. “Don’t minimize your unique characteristics”, Bobbi writes. “Learn to become comfortable with them by making the most of them.” She also stresses that beauty begins from the inside out, with healthy eating lifestyle choices being the foundation for great looking eyes, teeth, skin and hair.

Beauty Rules contains hundreds of before and after makeover shots of real young women with a wide variety of distinctive looks and ethnicities. Bobbi demonstrates on each one how makeup, when applied properly, can bring out the best in every young woman. Finding someone who has a look that is relatable to isn’t going to be difficult here. And that is what makes the book so beautiful and inspiring. I wish I had a “bible” such as this one when I was younger. But hey, it’s never to late to learn and there are plenty of tips here that this 30-something editor can still apply to herself. And I can’t wait to show a copy to my three nieces, ranging in age from 16-22.

Oh and wait, there is a contest! Have a daughter aged 13 and over? You and your daughter(s) can win a 3-day/2-night trip to NYC for a makeover session with the Bobbi Brown make-up team, courtesy of Bobbi Brown and Beauty Rules! Go to by November 7th and tell Bobbi in three words what makes your daughter Pretty Powerful! You can also submit her photo to be featured on the website.

Happy reading, learning and growing!

Originally published October 2010
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