I’ve been a beauty editor for quite some time, and a book lover and avid reader for even longer than that, and truth be told, my obsession isn’t just about the latest lipstick shade or the trendiest serum. It’s also about the stories, the tips, and the rich history surrounding the world of beauty. In our fast-paced, swipe-and-scroll world of fleeting Instagram Reels and TikTok trends, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest beauty fad that lasts just until the next viral video. Let’s hit pause on that for a moment, because I want to share the timeless magic of the best beauty books – yes, actual books!
Why beauty books, you ask? Well, unlike the quick, often surface-level beauty hacks on social media, beauty books dive deep. And some are really great additions to your coffee table or makeup room. Beauty books offer not just tips and tricks, but a rich understanding of beauty history, science, artistry, and story-telling. They’re the mentors that guide you through the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of beauty, offering detailed insights that a 60-second video just can’t. These books don’t just show you the latest trend; they teach you techniques, share stories, and offer wisdom that stands the test of time. They’re your beauty bible, your skincare encyclopedia, and your makeup handbook, all rolled into one.
Ahead, I’m sharing my top 11 beauty books that I have read and loved. These books not only can help shape your understanding of beauty but also offer a comforting, tangible connection in an increasingly digital world. Whether you’re a makeup maven or a skincare enthusiast, these books are your ticket to upping your beauty game. So, grab a cup of tea, and let’s dive into this literary beauty journey!
The Best Beauty Books – Available on Amazon
Why I Love It: Number one on my list for a reason. This book is like the Holy Grail of makeup! Kevyn Aucoin, a makeup maestro, teaches you everything from basic techniques to dramatic transformations. It’s packed with stunning visuals and step-by-step guides that make professional makeup accessible to everyone.
What to Expect: Prepare to be amazed by the transformative power of makeup. It’s a masterclass in a book!
Why I Love It: Simply put, iconic. This book is a stunning tribute to the art of makeup from the visionary mind of François Nars. As a beauty editor, I appreciate its blend of beautiful photography and transformative makeup that showcases the power of cosmetics as an art form.
What to Expect: A visual feast of creativity and color, “NARS” offers a look behind the scenes of iconic photoshoots and the creative process of François Nars. It’s filled with inspiring images, personal notes, and professional insight that make it a must-have for any beauty enthusiast’s collection.
Why I Love It: Sali Hughes keeps it real! This book is a straight-talking guide to all things beauty. It’s like having a chat with your savvy best friend who knows everything about skincare, makeup, and hair.
What to Expect: Expect honest, no-nonsense advice that covers beauty for every age, stage, and skin type.
Why I Love It: As someone who believes in the importance of good skincare, this book is a godsend. Dr. Mahto blends scientific knowledge with practical advice, making skincare approachable.
What to Expect: A comprehensive guide to achieving healthy skin, debunking myths, and providing scientifically-backed skincare routines.
Why I Love It: This is more than just a makeup book; it’s a dive into the history of makeup. Lisa Eldridge brilliantly explores how beauty trends evolved over the centuries.
What to Expect: A fascinating journey through the history of makeup, filled with gorgeous imagery and intriguing stories.
Why I Love It: This book is a thought-provoking read that challenges societal norms about beauty. It’s empowering and eye-opening.
What to Expect: A critical analysis of how beauty is perceived and portrayed in society, encouraging a healthier relationship with beauty standards.
Why I Love It: Beauty is not just about what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body. This book beautifully bridges the gap between diet and beauty.
What to Expect: Nutritional advice and eating tips to enhance your beauty from the inside out.
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K-beauty is a phenomenon, and Charlotte Cho makes it accessible and fun in this delightful read.
What to Expect: A charming introduction to Korean skincare routines, packed with practical advice and personal anecdotes that make it a joy to read.
Why I Love It: There’s something timeless and chic about French beauty, and this book captures it perfectly. Clémence von Mueffling shares beauty secrets passed down from three generations of Parisian women.
What to Expect: Insider tips on skincare, makeup, and hair care that embody the effortless elegance of French beauty.
Why I Love It: It’s all about age-appropriate beauty! Taylor Chang-Babaian offers fantastic advice on how to look your best at any age.
What to Expect: Realistic beauty tips and techniques tailored for different life stages, encouraging you to embrace your beauty at every age.
Why I Love It: This is an essential guide for anyone fascinated by the world of fragrance. The authors provide insightful and often witty reviews of over 1,500 perfumes.
What to Expect: An encyclopedic guide to perfumes with honest, entertaining reviews that make it a delightful read for both novices and connoisseurs.