Beauty journalist Anjana
Gosai is absolutely right when she says that there really isn't
much help out there on beauty products suitable for Asian skin.
I personally have a drawer full of make-up which is wrong my skin
and quite frankly makes me look like a harpy on a bad day. It took
me years to work out that turquoise eye shadow is just not my colour
and that powder foundations make me look like an alabaster statue,
which is fine if you like deathly alabaster...but not for everyday
Anjana is the first
to write about the variance in Asian skins tones and issues about
hyperpigmentation. Chapter one of the book is devoted to skin colours,
tone, textures and ageing. Like many, I've probably wasted hundreds
of pounds on unsuitable foundations, powders and so called magic
concealers, so reading this made me want to pack Anjana into my
handbag to go cosmetic shopping.
The rest of the books
covers a broad range of topics: from the tools of the trade to achieving
"the look" yourself. She also calls on the skills of numerous
experts: from Nina Haider to Farah Naz; hairstylist Dar to henna
artist Ash Kumar, king of Bollywood make-up artists Mickey Contractor
to internationally acclaimed make-up guru Ruby Hammer. Anjana also
devotes chapters to holistic beauty, championed by Bharti Vyas,
ayurveda, expounded in chakras and doshas to Indian catwalk styles,
bollywood beauty through the ages, bridal beauty and henna.
The Ultimate Guide
to Beauty is fabulous compendium of everything you'll ever need
to know about looking great - it is like having hundreds of beauty
magazines compressed into one easy-to-use tube. Shame it's a bit
of a weighty number, but at least your friends won't be able to
nab your copy!
The Ultimate Guide
to Beauty by Anjana Gosai is the world's first comprehensive beauty
guide for Asian women. With over 210 pages and 12 chapters, this
hardback book is crammed with practical advice on how to achieve
inner and outer beauty with chapters on 'skin', 'understanding your
face', 'tools', 'foundation', 'eyes', 'cheeks', 'lips', 'nails',
'hair', 'unwanted hair', 'bridal beauty', 'henna', 'catwalk', 'Bollywood
beauty' and 'body & mind'.
Author, Anjana Gosai,
a former model and health and beauty journalist with over eight
years experience, says: "I was inundated with letters from
readers asking for beauty advice and soon realised that there was
nothing out there which catered to the needs of today's Asian woman.
Whether it's lipstick junkies searching for the perfect shade or
confused brides-to-be unsure about their look for the big day, the
Ultimate Guide to Beauty has the answers."
The 'Ultimate Guide
to Beauty' features@
- Step-by-step instructions
and illustrations to help you choose the right foundation for
your skin tone, how to create smoky eyes, perfect brows, long-lasting
lip colour and many more essential beauty looks and tips.
- Stunning photography
of trend-setting looks featuring some of India's leading supermodels
such as Ujjwala Raut, Sheetal Mallar, Indrani Das Gupta, Tinu
Verghese and Upen Patel.
- Exclusive advice
from leading hairdressers, skincare gurus, make-up artists from
around the world, including Bollywood make-up maestros Mickey
Contractor, Kapil Bhalla and industry experts Adhuna Bhabani-Akhtar,
Ruby Hammer, Clint Fernandes, Ash Kumar, Naveeda, Dar, Philip
Kingsley, Bastien Gonzalez and many more.
- A guide to inner
wellbeing from leading life coach Robin Sharma (author of The
Monk Who Sold His Ferrari), yoga masters at the Ananda Spa in
the Himalayas and Ayurvedic tips from the renowned Somatheeram
Health Resort in Kerala.
- Essential tips
on hair removal
- A bridal beauty
- A round up of classic
and contemporary Bollywood beauty looks from the last 50 years
- A global beauty
directory - so readers can choose where to have their beauty treatments
all over the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anjana Gosai has been
working as a health and beauty journalist in Britain for over eight
years during which she has contributed to several publications including:
The Daily Mail, Daily Express, Elle, Sunday Times Style, Harper's
Bazaar, First, Celebs on Sunday (Sunday Mirror), Tesco magazine,
The London Paper, London Lite, and Vogue Japan.
publications are available for Caucasian and black women, there
is very little available for South Asian women in the beauty world.
As a former Beauty editor for Asian Woman and Asian Bride and currently
the beauty editor of Asiana and Asiana Wedding magazine, Anjana
has understood this, constantly offering advice and tips to her