Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails, and Makeup Ideas for You by Ann Shoket

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Drawing on its authority as a top magazine for teens and tweens, Seventeen magazine presents this guide for hair and makeup ideas. The book is sectioned by type (hair, makeup, nails, etc), and each section includes step-by-step looks for readers to try. Also included are spotlights of real girls and their favorite beauty tips, as well as how to achieve celebrity looks. Though some may claim this is not challenging enough material to have in a school library, plenty of students may get use out of the piece. For example, the title can be used for special events, browsing, or for those students interested in cosmetology.

This book is pretty straightforward. If you’re interested in beauty or style tips, give it a shot. You might find something new you like — though be warned that, while the instructions make all the styles look super easy, it may not be that easy to execute each look. The models used in the shots had their hair/makeup/nails done by professionals, not by themselves. My other issue with this book is that it’s incredibly gender biased. They assume only girls are going to read it, and I don’t think that’s true. Keeping this book a girl-only resource isolates the trans community in particular — basically, the book sends the message that you would only want these tips if you’re a girl. However, you might not care about what message the book is sending; you may just want to browse around and find a new look. If that’s the case — have fun! If you do care about messages, maybe look around for a more gender-neutral option.

*Rating: 2.5/5

*ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2013
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