Book Review: Jemma Kidd Make-up Secret

 A few people have requested some book reviews so I thought I would kick it of with the new Jemma Kidd Book. Sadly as many of you may now Jemma Kidd Makeup has actually gone out of business (and I didn’t even get to try the foundation) but last year I was actually lucky enough to meet the lovely Jemma Kidd herself and have one of her lessons.

 The book itself is one of the thicker beauty books which I own and is divided into two main sections; Making Make-up work for you and Problem Solver.

  Making makeup work for you is filled with all the basics, how to chose the right foundation, how to contour, enhancing your eyes and all the usual as well as Fashion Makeup and timeless celebrity looks. All the looks are very wearable and there are great face charts showing you exactly where to apply everything as well as ‘insider tips’. All the looks are very wearable and it covers all the basics very well.

The second part of the book, Problem Solver talks about; skin, food, ageing, seasonal changes, getting ready quickly and tackles both beauty problems and beauty myths. 
The book is filled with great photos, inspiration, tips and ideas. I think this book is perfect if you are either new to makeup or want to educate yourself a little more about it. If you are a bit of a pro already than you may not learn anything new from it although the second part is a little more advance. This book reminds me a lot of the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual although I would say the BB Makeup Manual is a little more advance. If you are a little darker skinned I think you’ll be disappointed to find that there are only 3 photos of black girls, which is a real let down I think too. Perfect present for a daughter or teenager. 
Book retails for £25 from all good book stores but is available for cheaper (here , here and here
Would you like to see more book reviews? What is your favourite beauty book?


  1. 13th January 2013 / 5:07 pm

    This is the second time today I've read a review on this book – I think something's telling me to buy it! I absolutely love the Bobbi Brown Make Up Manual, Lauren Conrad Beauty and Wah Nails book of nail art… but now I want to get this and Liz Earle Skin Secrets!

    • 13th January 2013 / 5:08 pm

      I can review that one too if you'd like! XX

  2. 13th January 2013 / 5:30 pm

    I'd love to see more book reviews if you have them! I haven't got any make up books right now but I want to use a little Christmas money to buy one or two – the only problem is which ones haha! This book looks good! 🙂 x

    • 13th January 2013 / 5:50 pm

      I'm hoping to review a few more if you want to keep an eye out! X

    • 13th January 2013 / 5:51 pm

      It is a great one! X

    • 13th January 2013 / 5:50 pm

      Really glad you enjoyed it! Will review a few more XX

  3. 13th January 2013 / 5:58 pm

    It sounds like a great book, ill definitely have to have a look for myself! Great review, I really liked this post 🙂 xx


  4. 13th January 2013 / 6:01 pm

    I like the look of this book – I might actually get it myself! I have the Bobbi Brown Makeup book, but this one looks more detailed, with more tips how to apply makeup etc. Thanks so much for posting this review, it's really helpful! 🙂

    • 18th January 2013 / 9:53 pm

      Glad it helped! X

  5. 13th January 2013 / 6:05 pm

    This book looks so good! Thanks for your review, now I know that I need it. I also really like the Bobbi Brown book. xo

    • 18th January 2013 / 10:05 pm

      They are different and if you have the extra money than it is nice to have both but maybe buy yourself a nice lipstick with the money instead! haha X

  6. 13th January 2013 / 6:49 pm

    I have the one before this & loved it, I'm defiantly going to pick this up! Xx

    • 18th January 2013 / 10:05 pm

      Let me know how it compares! X

  7. 13th January 2013 / 7:37 pm

    They still have a lot of JK products on Amazon and on Fragrance Direct, and they're all super cheap… You may be able to still get the foundation you're looking for there 🙂 xx

    • 18th January 2013 / 10:06 pm

      I'll have a look, thanks sadly the foundation was always sold out even before in went into administration X

  8. 14th January 2013 / 3:34 pm

    The cover of the book is so dramatic! She's like a dalmatian lol. But seriously, thanks for this review! I haven't had the chance to flip through it at the bookstore yet and now you gave us a peek inside 🙂 Review of Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil Today

    • 18th January 2013 / 10:06 pm

      Your very welcome! Glad you like it! X

  9. 14th January 2013 / 5:43 pm

    Would definitely like to see more reviews. Don't think I'll pick this up as I already have the Bobbi Brown makeup manual and if you said it's more advanced I don't think I'd benefit from buying this too? so thanks for the review! x

    • 18th January 2013 / 10:07 pm

      Maybe you'll like one of the others I review, keep an eye out XX

    • 18th January 2013 / 10:07 pm

      I do think it is nice to have at least one! X

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