5 beauty books you ought to have
These beauty books promise year-round inspiration — and a good-looking shelfie
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro by Bobbi Brown (Headline Springboard)
Somehow Bobbi Brown has packed over 25 years of make-up experience into one book, including things you didn’t even know you needed to know, such as how to tell when your products have gone out of date. A must-have.
Miles Of M.A.C by James Gager and Miles Aldridge (Rizzoli International Publications)
This is one big, beautiful book of the most inspiring editorial make-up looks, created by M.A.C’s Creative Director James Gager and shot by world-renowned photographer Miles Aldridge. Spanning the brand’s 30 years as a pioneer in professional make-up, the 100 looks include all its famous campaigns.
Face Paint: The Story Of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge (Abrams Image)
Along with all of the trappings of a beauty book (gorgeous paintings, illustrations and iconic photography), Lancôme’s official global creative make-up director and YouTube sensation Lisa Eldridge explores the history of beauty from ancient Egypt to your make-up bag today.
Bob Recine: Alchemy Of Beauty by Bob Recine (Damiani)
He counts Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie and Tilda Swinton as clients, so it’s fair to say Bob Recine can create a hairstyle to suit anyone. This book gathers his original artwork, from sketches, collages and paintings, to published and unpublished editorial images of his extraordinary headdresses, worn by the likes of Lady Gaga. Eye candy at its best.
Easy On The Eyes by Lisa Potter-Dixon (Abrams Image)
Master your eye make-up in five, 15 and 30 minutes with step-by-step tutorials from Benefit’s head make-up artist, Lisa Potter Dixon. Everything is covered, from prep to conquering the classic flick, to night-out ideas. Your party-season essential.