While I’ve always been a visual learner when it comes to learning about makeup and hair, coffee table beauty books are a great source for inspiration, unexpected ideas and well, a prettier way to dress up your coffee table. Here are five beauty books I recommend you start reading now.
1. Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin (Little, Brown & Company): I’m a huge fan of Kevyn Aucoin makeup so naturally, this is at the top of my list. This book includes the basics of makeup application so I highly recommend this for any beginner.
2. Lauren Conrad Beauty (HarperCollins): I never thought I’d endorse a book by a reality TV star but I purchased this book last year and was pleasantly surprised by all the tips, tricks and advice this book offers. This was my first source when I was learning how to master the cat eye.
3. Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Makeup and Skincare Techniques, Tools, and Products (Atria Books): This guide includes a bevy of hair, makeup and skin experts sharing their best tips and tricks alongside beautiful photography.
4.Color Me Beautiful (Ballantine Books): Yes, this book totally looks like it came out of the 80s (because it did) but this will stay on my bookshelf for years to come. Carole Jackson helps you find your color personality, perfect your make-up routine and more. To this day when I go shopping, I still reference the color swatches to figure out what works best with my skin tone.
5. Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful (Chronicle Books): Bobbi Brown is a beauty mogul so I fully trust any tips and tricks she has. I also like to flip through this when I’ve got writer’s block.
Do you have a favorite beauty book?
Great post Kara! I’ve never purchased a beauty book, I mainly flip through magazines and visit my favorite blogs for inspiration but this post has me thinking about buying one. I’ve also heard great things about Lauren Conrad’s book.
Thanks for sharing!!
Yeah, I used to only flip through magazines but these are some staple beauty books to keep on hand! Thanks so much for reading!
I read Deluxe on my trip to Italy over the holidays and I LOVED it – so fascinating and the background on the fashion houses was great. Not a “beauty book” in the sense that it teaches you techniques but one of the very best about the beauty/fashion industry that I’ve read to date
Thanks so much for your recommendation, Holly! Will definitely pick it up next time I’m at the book store!
U mean I need to read now? Color me beautiful here I come!