If there’s one thing lockdown has given us, it’s the opportunity and the plentiful time on our hands to learn new things. We’ve swotted up on the best beauty books that will not only look stunning on your coffee table, but will provide you with the latest tips, tricks and advice any beauty junkie shouldn’t be without, plus beautiful images to take your next makeup inspo from. Check out our top picks below.
Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour by Funmi Fetto is an insightful read by the Beauty Director of GLAMOUR and former British Vogue Beauty Editor, to help women of colour decipher which skincare, hair and makeup products will work for them – something the beauty industry needs plenty more of.
Katie Service knows a thing or two about beauty. Editorial Beauty Director at Harrods, MUA, journalist and co-founder of her own beauty creative agency, Runway Beauty, The Beauty Brief includes the essentials of good skincare, skincare saviours, her own insider beauty tips and more. We read this religiously from cover to cover and learned a lot.
After the makeup book of all makeup books? Our pick has to be the Pro Makeup Design Book by Lan Nguyen-Grealis, a regular at London Fashion Week, multiple award winner and all round makeup pro. Expect plentiful beautiful photographs, face charts to help with your own creations, and advice for creating stunning looks for the red carpet, magazines, fashion shows and advertisements.
Caroline Hirons is considered quite the legend in the beauty industry, with her no-nonsense approach and trustworthy expert advice winning her legions of fans from around the world. Her first book, Skincare: The Ultimate No Nonsense Guide is jam packed full of beauty tips, facts, myths and her thoughts on the beauty industry, all voiced in her witty camaraderie. Just don’t use face wipes.
No coffee table would be complete without Lisa Eldridge’s Face Paint. Makeup artist to the stars and Global Creative Director of Lancôme, Lisa’s first book delves into the history of makeup, the present and the future of makeup, and the stories behind the items she has in her own makeup bag, alongside gorgeous illustrations and photography. You can watch Lisa’s Makeup: A Glamorous History series on iPlayer here.