Kai Chang, or Xiao Kai teacher, is a Taiwanese makeup artist and my favourite makeup artist. He has been in the industry for over 10 years and worked on many Taiwanese celebrities, as well as the Taiwan beauty show TVBS Queen.
I bought his first makeup book a few years back, and when I heard about his latest Makeup Toolkit book – I just had to grab a copy as soon as I landed in Taiwan.
Why is this makeup book called a toolkit book? Firstly, because this makeup book starts off with the basics of skincare and makeup. It features heaps of tips, hints and application techniques.
The book focuses on foundation application technique, and in particular contouring.
And then the best part – makeup looks with instructions.
See the lines on the right page? They are perforated lines, and this is the second reason that this is called a toolkit book. There are 5 themes, each with 4 makeup looks – and the idea is that you can mix and match each of the eye/ cheek/ lips component with each other within the same theme.
4 of the 5 themes and the 4 looks within each.
Altogether there are 320 face combos! Granted, some of the lip and cheeks are similar within the themes, but this book nevertheless gives a lot of ideas! Plus all of the looks are just gorgeous, and some are out of this world creative (I love my OTT looks)!
Xiao Kai’s book is available in all good book stores in Taiwan, Kinokuniya, or for English-only speakers you can purchase it on YesAsia here for USD$27.89 free shipping.