DG Contest: Carmindy's Get Positively Beautiful

DSCF1065 Makeup artist Carmindy, best known for her work on What Not to Wear, talked with fans and signed her new book Get Positively Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous Saturday in Los Angeles. (We'll have a DG Q&A with Carmindy tomorrow.)

She was frank and funny, demonstrating why you shouldn't just squirt spray-on foundation at your face unless you also want it on your hair and ears (use a sponge) and reassuring the audience that it's OK to apply foundation with your fingers or a sponge, no matter what the makeup counter rep tells you about the advantages of a brush. ("They want to sell you stuff.") A special eye shadow base is equally unnecessary, she said, even though her makeup line includes one. Foundation and powder accomplish the same thing. She is, however, a big fan of face primer and the chemists who invented it.

Get Positively Beautiful is both a how-to and Carmindy's "manifesto." And you can win a free copy signed by Carmindy. Just be the first person to tell us what colors Max Factor painted his celebrity makeup rooms and what hair color each of the paint colors was designed to flatter. Email your answer to contest-at-deepglamour.net. Do NOT put the answer in the comments.

Tonight at 7 p.m. Carmindy will be at the Columbus Circle Borders in New York.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., she and the What Not to Wear cast will be at the Barnes & Noble at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Clinton Kelly will also be signing his new book Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else.