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Top 10 Beauty Books

Must-Have Beauty Books To Add To Your Reading List STAT

Must-Have Beauty Books To Add To Your Reading List STAT

In a world of YouTube videos and Instagram tutorials, it might not be obvious to look to books as your go-to beauty source, but we love them for their evergreen content, easy organization, and aesthetic value. From the vivid photography to in-depth sprinkled with little-known facts, these books do not just make you look good—they're coffee table-worthy books that will also add a little extra to your home. Sourced straight from the pros, we have curated our Top 10 favorite beauty books just for you, with topics ranging from diet to Korean beauty to the entire history of makeup. Opening image: francescas.com

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February 28, 2018

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The Rankings


Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass

Our Score

BEST FOR: Beginner makeup gurus who want to learn how to enhance their natural features

USERS SAID: "BUY THIS BOOK. Learn how to enhance, not hide your features with makeup. Kidd explains everything clearly and matter-of-factly and without too much product pushing. Love it."


Michelle Phan Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success-Online and Off

Our Score

BEST FOR: Michelle Phan fans who want to learn about her life just as much as her makeup

LOVED FOR: This book is broken up into easily definable sections, and reads more like a conversation between two friends than an author writing.


Dita Von Teese Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour

Our Score

USERS SAID: "like vintage beauty guides, and enjoyed reading her take on vintage beauty products, beauty history, and a bit about beauty mavens Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein... A fun read for the beauty enthusiast, past or present."

LOVED FOR: A charming guide to living glamorously that you can read cover to cover


Wendy Rowe Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out

Our Score

BEST FOR: Skin care fanatics who want to who want to learn more about holistic beauty

USERS SAID: "A gorgeous, informative book that makes me feel beautiful just 'looking' at it! Very well written and informative, I can well see why even Victoria Beckham recommends and loves this book." 


Kevyn Aucoin Face Forward

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I would recommend this book for beginners & make-up artists to add to their permanent make-up book collection, its a book that you won't regret having."

LOVED FOR: How-to makeovers with the author's celebrity friends


Charlotte Cho The Little Book of Skin Care

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Love, love this book & highly recommend it to everyone! It has really changed my skincare & my face is looking so much better than I had thought possible since following the k-beauty routine. It is a well written, easy to read book."

LOVED FOR: An in-depth look at the revolutionary Korean beauty skin care


Lisa Eldridge Face Paint: The Story of Makeup

Our Score

BEST FOR: Learning the history and future behind makeup in a non-boring way (just check out the imagery!)

USERS SAID: "This is a big, colorful book—one full of glossy images and lots of eye candy. Eldridge not only looks at how we have used makeup throughout history to add glamour into our lives, but she also takes a look at the appeal of icons like Twiggy and of certain colors, like red, white, and black."


Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This book makes a true effort to showcase all skin tones

BEST FOR: Beginners who want to master the basics from one of the long-time pros


Lauren Conrad Beauty

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This book was perfect for me. The hair and makeup tips are simple and easy... I never knew much about hair or makeup and was looking for some simple examples of ways to spruce up my look a little."

BEST FOR: When you want to recreate your favorite girls night in with manicure tips and basic health advice


Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This book is not only beautiful, but it's also loaded with information about tool, face shapes, and more.

USERS SAID: "The formatting is so inspiring and well put together that you just want to suck everything in like a sponge and never put the book down. Be warned though, if you love make-up, this book will make you want to go empty out Sephora just to try out all the looks."

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