Carmindy is Crazy Busy Beautiful

Carmindy is the happy-go-lucky make-up artist on the popular style show What Not to Wear.  While Clinton and Stacy tell you how ugly your clothes are in the first half of the show, Carmindy is there in the second half to tell you how pretty you are.  She doesn’t lie either – Carmindy points out the most attractive feature on every woman that sits in her chair and tells her why she is beautiful.  Each woman is glowing before Carmindy even applies bronzer.  The blonde babe was born Carmindy Kathryn Bowyer in Newport Beach, California, and her sunny disposition matches her home state.  As one of the world’s most famous beauty experts, Carmindy pens books and her own website, in addition to appearing on TLC’s only good show.  Crazy Busy Beautiful is the make-up artist’s third publication (theSkinnyStiletto will certainly be reviewing her first two books soon, especially after finishing this entertaining read…)  Crazy Busy Beautiful is a collection of beauty tips from not only Carmindy, but everyday women.  Some of the secrets are really quirky (Cheri, 37, uses snail slime to clear up her acne), but most of the advice is creative and helpful.  Quick way to restore beat-up eyelashes?  Put a dab of leave-in conditioner on them before going to bed.  Hate getting those tiny black dots on your eyelids when applying mascara?  Coat your bottom lashes first, and then the top – and voila, no dots!  (Yes, very simple, and yet this hadn’t occurred to me in the 15 years this editor has been applying eye make-up.)  The book is broken up into the following sections: Start with Skin Care, Body Basics, Laying the Foundation: Skin Makeup, Brows that Wow, Eye Essentials, Eyeliner It Up, Luscious Lashes, Get Cheeky, and Lips Lips Lips.  theSkinnyStiletto was glad to see Carmindy’s reinforcement of using sunscreen everyday.  Too many women ignore this beauty tip, and it’s wildly important – not only to avoid wrinkles, age spots and sagging, but preventing skin cancer!  Way too many women die every year because they didn’t heed their parents’ advice about protecting your skin.  Quite aware of the current economy, Carmindy also has money-saving tips in every section, too.  Our favorite?  Buying cheap, unscented lotion and adding a bit of your favorite perfume or even some glitter for a little shine.  Since perfume can be so potent, a little can go a long way, and instead of purchasing expensive lotion to match your favorite scent, you just made your own for a much lower price!  This was such a simple, yet brilliant idea, and Carmindy has quite a few of them.  Down to the bottom of a gloss or lipstick you love?  Scoop out the remainder and put it in an empty pillbox and apply with a brush.  Don’t want to spend the money on an expensive tinted moisturizer?  Add your foundation into the cream you’re already using, and ta-da!  Crazy Busy Beautiful is also decorated with adorable, girlie drawings by Amy Sai.  Our only criticism of this book is that there aren’t any photographs or pictures depicting some of the trickier tips, like the proper ways to apply eye make-up or blush.  Without the visuals, it automatically becomes a book targeted at women that are already acquainted with applying make-up.  (Although, women who choose to go au naturel probably aren’t looking to read about ways on to improve your beauty…)  In short, it’s not a book for beginners.  One of Carmindy’s bits of advice was to compliment another woman’s appearance at least once a week – you don’t know how good that will make the other woman feel… it could possibly brighten an otherwise crappy day for her.  It’s no surprise the nicest girl on television’s beauty secret is to make someone else feel pretty.  It epitomizes exactly what she’s all about: matching her exterior to the truly beautiful person she is on the inside.


One response to “Carmindy is Crazy Busy Beautiful

  • Linda Havron

    Carmindy is one of my favorite parts of What Not to Wear. She always has the nicest comments for each woman she assists. We certainly could use some positive thoughts on a daily basis!

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