The Art of Male Make-up by David Horne

Saturday, April 19th 2014 0

A new book from David Horne

David Horne is one of the most fascinating people I've ever had the pleasure to meet.

His repertoire is astounding; ranging from a twenty-year career with MAC Cosmetics to developing award winning make-up like the iconic Skin Base foundation as Head of Product Development at Illamasqua. Currently he is the Director of Illamasqua’s School of Make-up Art in the heart of Soho, London.

David Horne

David’s knowledge of make-up is second to none. When I worked along side him he knew exactly what I was wearing at all times without so much as a glimpse in my make-up bag (he paid particular attention when it wasn’t one of his own creations, ha ha). So when he observed a lack of resources for male make-up, he simply decided in Horne style to create a source of his own. His masterpiece was executed from start to finish in one week.


The Art of Male Make-up is a guide and artistic expression all in one. Predominantly a picture book of male make-up, it also features David’s original sketches for each look (remember this is the same man that used to illustrate children’s clothes at Disney) and the essential tips for mastering male make-up. From how to accentuate strong, masculine angles to how to avoid a feminine finish, he recommends everything from the perfect product texture to the perfect brush stroke. Of course, you’ll have to read it to find out exactly what they are…


David’s goal was to create a resource for men that wanted to explore make-up without channelling Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. His latest book – which has already sold out twice – explores how men can wear make-up for humbler uses, such as to contour, illuminate or simply accentuate the facial features. I think it’s high time that something like this came into play. I know plenty of men, especially those in the beauty industry, who use make-up regularly, yet look as though they’re using none at all. A simple wash of concealer, a brow gel or powder and some bronzing powder is a discreet mix that creates a handsome, groomed look for a number of my male friends. A man in make-up doesn’t have to equate to a drag show, especially not in 2014 when there are so many sophisticated beauty solutions on the market.


If you ever get the chance to pop into Illamasqua in Beak St, London, you must meet him. A true gentleman and the ultimate authority on all things make-up, I am so, so proud to have a mention in his thank you section at the back.

The Art of Male Make-up costs £25.00 at

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