Do you use look books or how-tos included with products?

I don’t! I’ll read instructions, especially for new/different products or skincare, but how-tos on use an eyeshadow palette I don’t bother to flip through.

— Christine
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I confess that I just looked up the meaning of “Look Book.” I’ve seen the expression, but never really knew what it was. No, I don’t use them. As far as makeup is concerned, if a palette comes with suggested looks, I’ll glance at it, but I don’t pay too much attention. However, when I bought the Guerlain Meteorite Pearls, I did look up YT videos to find out the best way to use them. But I do take a look at skin care product instructions if I’m using a new product for the first time.

As someone who is still somewhat new to this (started seriously experimenting about a year ago), I’ll look at them. I’ll try them if they sound reasonable, or adapt to what I think suits me. But I tend to fall back on the familiar.

Not for color products. I do read the how-to’s or instructions for skincare, but if you mean something like eyeshadow diagrams with suggested looks … no. I look at them, but I’ve never been inspired by one to try what they’re showing.

I sometimes do. I appreciate having them when a palette is new to me or when I’m in a rush in the morning and trying to put together a look that is cohesive and flattering. I think if you have to get out of the house, rather than what you do, Christine – testing all the possibilities – it can really help. I don’t necessarily adhere to them (those TooFaced 9 pans that only show 3 combos make the palettes seem so limited) but I do like having them, I guess in the same way I like having a recipe to follow – I might follow it the first time and subsequently start making changes when I’m confident with the recipe.

LOL, I never even noticed there are booklets that come with makeup products. For skincare, I’d say yes, generally I do scan materials that come with.

Haven’t really seem them lately. I did think those little instructions they put in the old 9-pan Too Faced palettes were cute, but I don’t know if they still do that

I will look at them, but then I will go and do my own thing, unless it is something that might work for me. Even then I still have to put my own spin on the look shown.

No because they typically use more than 2 colors and I am at most a 2 color shadow wearer. I really don’t do super intricate eye looks. A shimmer lid and a contour color is usually how I roll. If I feel like my eyes look tired I may do an inner corner highlight shadow.

No, I really don’t use them at all. I may glance at them before tossing in the trash but my eye shape, severe hooding and very large crease to brow make using any prepackaged looks very difficult.
I always read instructions on skin care just to make sure I am using correctly.

Not anytime recently. In fact, I believe that the one and only time I kind of did was with the one included in the MUFE palette I bought several years ago? I much prefer to use the included shades to suit my hooded, almond shaped eyes and bluish green color than to follow a company’s diagram of “how to”! Additionally, I love to experiment with different color combos and do my own thing . So yeah, look books are not for me.

No – I find it a waste of time because my eyes are hooded and my level of skill (plus my eyesight problems without my glasses on) prevents me from using the products as suggested.

I do, sometimes when I feel very uninspired but I don’t follow the placement, more which shades to combine. The only time I have really followed one was when I got UD Wizard of OZ palette, the brownish one as I wanted to see if I could just copy the look. My eyes were less hooded then, or rather the hood hadn’t fallen downward as much as it has now. Damn gravity! 🙂

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