Fine: The Basics of Beauty

There are still a few days left to make an Amazon.com purchase in time for Christmas. If you are a woman of color or are shopping for one, a sure-fire hit is Fine: The Basics of Beauty, the first instructional DVD by celebrity makeup artist, Sam Fine.  Following-up his bestselling book, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African-American Women, (in which I was honored to appear) the telegenic Sam takes us step-by-step through the process of enhancing the beauty of three African-American women, sharing the tips of tools, technique and product selection which have made him a highly sought-after makeup artist for more than a decade.  Dubbed “the go-to makeup master for women of color,” by Vogue, his brushes have touched the faces of Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, Iman, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and Mo’Nique. Name a luminary of color and he’s likely to have “done” her face.

Gena Avery graces the disc cover; The master, Sam Fine.

I was excited to work with Sam again, styling the video and packaging.  It was obvious to see that our long hours would produce a superior product.  Sam has a very defined aesthetic, is excellent at what he does and is able to clearly articulate the “how-to” of it.  At his chic launch party a couple of months back, the energy and excitement was palpable–this DVD was hotly anticipated.  Now that it is available to all, I highly, highly recommend it.  It is well-conceived, brilliantly executed and to be able to get a “Sam Fine face” for $24.99, well that is a bargain indeed.

Flawless “Fine” faces: Erin, Gena and Jennifer.

Watch the Tyra show this Friday, December 18th as Sam joins the holiday extravaganza to give a fabulous makeover to a deserving mom.

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