Editor’s Picks: The 6 Best Beauty Books On The Shelves

Sometimes we all need a little help when it comes to beauty, and what better way to get advice, than seek it from the experts themselves? These beauty volumes are the perfect way to inspire and transform your make-up looks, as each page is packed with skin, hair, beauty and nail tips from celebrities, make-up experts and industry insiders.

If you’re looking for a bold lip…

We all know how powerful a bold lip can be as a make-up look, and so does author Alice Harris. In her beauty book, Blow Me a Kiss, Harris takes us through some of the best bold lip looks by highlighting artwork from icons, such as Andy Warhol. The book documents how lipstick has revolutionised beauty, with luscious lips painted in beautiful bursts of colour, it’ll leave you planning your next bold lip look.

When you’re addicted to MAC…

MAC Cosmetics, a pioneer in professional make-up, presents one hundred makeup looks that epitomise their thirty years as leaders in high-fashion make-up in the book, Miles of MAC. Hardcore MAC fans will love this collection of over two hundred gorgeous campaign shots by photographer Miles Aldridge.

If you want to know more about complicated beauty looks…

Make-Up Secrets by British make-up artist Jemma Kidd is the must have book for any beauty enthusiast. Split into two main sections, Making Make-up work for you covers the groundwork whilst the Problem Solver addresses key beauty concerns, such as how to take care of your skin with the right products. Kidd nails all those complicated beauty looks, from perfecting a gorgeous smokey eye to finding the best foundation to suit your skin tone and type.

If you want to learn the basics…

Legendary makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin penned the book, Face Forward, which covers the basics of make-up application as well as an insight on how to create a range of different looks. The late make-up artist was renowned for his array of celebrity clients, with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Elizabeth Hurley amongst the list. His flawless technique, clear illustrations and simple explanations make the art of make-up simple for even those with no make-up experience. Some of his techniques can seem a bit dated now, for example, he swore by matte foundation whilst dewy skin is often more popular these days, but the book is a classic nonetheless.

If you love Nars…

NARS cosmetics creator, François Nars, is the master of beauty and his brand is renowned amongst the beauty world. His book, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself is the ultimate manual to creating the best beauty looks for every mood or occasion. Each look includes beautiful before and after shots, illustrating the true transforming power of makeup whilst a wide range of ages and ethnicities are included to reflect every lover of make-up.

If you love Lisa Eldridge..

Finally, one of the most globally well-known make-up artists at the moment, Lisa Eldridge, has just released her new beauty book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup. Eldridge has written the first real history of the subject, exploring the reasons behind make-up’s use, the materials employed through the ages, the icons that people emulate and the present and future of make-up. This is a must read for any beauty lover, plus the images throughout the book are simply stunning.

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  • shannon

    well that’s my wish list sorted.. I need them all! x


  • Alisa

    Looks like it’s time for me to go shopping! Such a great list, and I could definitely do with reading one or two of those!

    Miss Ali


  • Diana Maria

    I’m looking for new books to read currently, and I’ve always wanted to get into beauty books. Face Paint sounds like something I might like, great list! xo


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