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Subtitled I Guide to Your Personal Beauty and Charm this differs from the usual run-of-the-mill first aid to beauty in its acceptance of the limitations of time and money and the determination to get around them. The advice therefore is keyed to possibilities within reach of all. Study your type; numerous charts serve as guides to self analysis; and link this knowledge with keys to kinds of clothes, color and fabrics, hair arrangement, makeup, perfume, etc. There is sound advice on how to shop, how to give due thought in advance so as to build a ""capsule wardrobe"" and add gradually. Quality stressed instead of quantity; no furs until good ones are attainable; one piece of good jewelry instead of quantities of junk, and so on. There's nothing particularly new in the content of the advice on grooming, care of skin and hair, health -- but the general tone is moderate, sound, constructive. The book reads somewhat like a scissors and paste job, for there is a good deal of repetition, as though it might have been put together from news columns. But the philosophy is one that can stand repeat performances. Know yourself and make the most of what you have, whether you are young or beyond middle age.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1950
Publisher: Lippincott