Makeup Manual By Bobby Brown
For those who like to have perfection in makeup, this is the book to turn to. Bobbi breaks down everything—and we do mean everything—about beauty, from basic nutrition and skincare, all the way to her chosen makeup application techniques. The book is divided into easy-to-refer-to sections by feature (eyes, lips), by event (photo shoot, office, wedding) and even by product. There is even a section with tips on how to break into the beauty industry if you’re an aspiring professional. With amazing illustrations, easy to follow photos and caring advice, this beauty book is truly indispensable.
Face Forward By Kevyn Aucoin
A New York Times bestseller, Face Forward is an iconic portrayal of many known faces. Aucoin’s portrait subjects include Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Martha Stewart and Tori Amos. This 176 page book with perfect pictures and the best advice is a must to have for all fashionable gals out there. Kevyn Aucoin is an icon. His flawless technique, clear illustrations and simple explanations demystified the world of makeup and inspired in us a reverence for the art of cosmetic transformation. But beyond that, his kindness shines through in every word. In a world where beauty can often be judgmental or unkind, Kevyn’s books are accepting, loving and inspiring. Face Forward provides the best grounding in both the fundamentals of makeup application, as well as more difficult techniques for advanced readers. Some of the advice is a little dated—he loves very matte skin, for example, whereas now ‘dewy’ is the trend—but this remains our very favorite beauty book.
Beauty By Lauren Conrad
Whether she’s in front of the camera or behind the scenes, style icon Lauren Conrad has spent years learning from the pros and perfecting her look, and now she’s sharing all her beauty secrets. She shares everything she’s learnt about beauty, skincare, hair, wellness (and life) in this beginner-friendly book. With step-by-step tutorials that are as beautifully photographed as they are easy to understand, Lauren (alongside makeup artist Amy Nadine and hairstylist Kristin Ess) shares all her secrets for looking and feeling your best.