Go from 'natural' to 'knockout' in minutes

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If you're ready for a fresh-faced look for spring, and a no-nonsense approach to looking your best, have we got a book for you!

Hollywood makeup artist and beauty expert Carol Brown has just released a new book called “Natural to Knockout Makeup, Beauty and You.” And on Monday's Good Morning Arizona, she shared some of her top tips with us.

Brown spent more than 25 years as a professional makeup artist working with some of the hottest actors in Hollywood including Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Charlize Theron, Brooke Shields, Gabrielle Union, Christina Milian, Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro, and Jane Fonda. So she definitely knows the best ways to accentuate features and make the best of what you have.

"Women everywhere spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on makeup products to camouflage their flaws, to make themselves look great, only to be disappointed because they don't remember how to apply it once they get their purchases home," explains Brown. "Fans have often asked me what I used to create their favorite character's look. I tell them, as I teach readers in my book, it's not so much what I used, but how it is used. It's the technique."

Among the tips Brown offers in Natural to Knockout:

-The mouth should be sensual. A moist lip is beautiful and most attractive. The color of lipstick should complement your skin tone, eye and hair color, as well as your wardrobe.

-Since the eyes are the mirrors to the soul, you should frame the eye with a beautifully shaped brow. Then delicately and smartly apply liner, shadow, contour and natural lashes or mascara to your eyes. Make them speak volumes with just one look!

-As women get older, they should begin to use less makeup. Wearing less makeup when you are a mature woman than you did when you were in your 20s is the right move. “If you put on more, the wrinkles tend to be more pronounced,” she says.

The author says the biggest mistake women make is the use of too much makeup. "Makeup is to enhance, not detract," says Brown.

She also says, as a rule, less is best. “Makeup's real purpose is to let others see you in a positive light, your true assets played up smartly and attractively. Your outside should be a reflection of the incredible woman you truly are. To be a beautiful woman you must treat yourself well, have a positive attitude, take charge of your life, eat intelligently, do some sort of physical exercise regularly, smile and laugh a lot and do something kind for another human being. Before you can love someone else you must first love yourself."

Brown said her book will help women learn how to use makeup as their personal path to bring out their true beauty. It will also help women avoid the trap of spending hundreds of dollars on makeup purchases they all too soon come to regret.

Natural to Knockout is available on Amazon and the author's website: www.naturaltoknockout.com.

About Carol Brown

For more than 25 years Carol Brown was a makeup artist for television, feature films, HBO movies, print, editorial, video, commercials and theatre. She won three Emmy Awards and was nominated seven times. Brown is no stranger to obstacles, hurdles, and hardships. She was abandoned at birth and spent more than a decade trying to overcome others' perception that she was not beautiful "inside or out,” would not succeed in life, and was unwanted. Brown prevailed despite abandonment, childhood molestation, date rape, and a brutal gang beating, a bullying incident she will never forget. She has learned that obstacles don't have to define and/or always reflect the human spirit and indeed can be overcome.

Brown's passion is to help women rediscover and unlock their potential that lies within them. She shares her life experiences hoping she can make a difference in the life of another person.

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