I seem to have a few makeup and beauty books!

I seem to have a few makeup and beauty books!

I was looking through a few of my beauty books the other day and thought I’d share with you which ones I have. I am always looking out for books that will give me more information about makeup and help me to learn more, so here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.

Scott Barnes - About Face

Type: Softback, 240 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59233-488-9
Publisher: Fair Winds Press

My thoughts: This US based artist to the stars, takes us on a journey through many makeup transformations on women of many different ages and ethnicities. Each of the makeovers includes before and after photos as well a brief bio of the model. He also includes excerpts from discussions between the model and himself. I have done a full review of this book - see here.


Makeup Manual - Bobbi Brown

Type: Softback, 221 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446-58135-6
Publisher: Hatchette Book Group Inc.

My thoughts: Bobbi Brown is an internationally known makeup artist and this book gives great information about most aspects of makeup artistry. In the basics section, she explains what each makeup item is and how to use it, such as foundation or mascara. There are lots of photos with explanations as well as tips and tricks. She explains different makeup applications such as bridal, teens or older as well as a ten-step guide for perfect makeup. For the more advanced person, there is a section on what products a mua should have in their kit and examples of advanced makeup applications. Overall this is a very nice book for anyone who is interested in makeup.


Making Faces - Kevyn Aucoin

Type: Paperback, 159 pages
ISBN: 978-0-316-28686-2
Publisher: Hatchette Book Group Inc.

My thoughts: Kevyn Aucoin is an icon within the makeup world, so no makeup book collection is complete without one of his books. Even though this book is now nearly 20 years old (sadly Kevyn passed away in 2002), it still contains all you need to know about makeup. If you thought Kim Kardashian invented contouring, then one glance in this book will tell you it has been around a lot longer than her! The style of writing in this book is lovely - very friendly and easy to read. He explains each aspect of the face and how to make the best of it. He also explains how to achieve different looks such as the starlet, flapper, vamp, Marilyn etc. I love this book.


10-Minute Makeup - Boris Entrup

Type: Hardback, 144 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4654-1607-0
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

My thoughts: This is a good basic book for anyone who wants to improve their makeup skills and achieve quick but good makeovers. Boris shows us a look and then describes how to achieve it describing what tools you’ll need and how to apply the makeup. Throughout the book are step-by-step instructions on techniques for different products such as blush, foundation, concealer etc. A nice book where you see the before and after as well as detailed instructions on how to achieve it. 


Your Beauty Mark - Dita Von Teese

Type: Hardback, 387 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-072271-5
Publisher: Dey St (William Morrow Publishers)

My thoughts: Although not strictly a makeup book, I chose to include this book as Dita Von Teese is known worldwide for her stunning looks and her beautiful makeup. In this book, she describes how to achieve her look with step-by-step instructions on her entire makeup routine, including how to get that famous beauty spot. In fact, this book really describes how to be Dita as she goes through everything from her exercise routine, makeup and clothing to hair and posing techniques. A really beautiful book.


Simply Glamorous - Gary Cockerill

Type: hardback, 224 pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-07067-8
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

My thoughts: Gary Cockerill is a British makeup artist and in this book he explains how to achieve perfect makeup results including details of skin care and general makeup techniques. He shows before and after photos and then describes in detail how to achieve the finished look with lots of photos and descriptions. He also uses his own family members as models and the looks are quite stunning. This book is one of my personal favourites as I love the way it is written and presented. 


500 Eye-Makeup Designs - Kendra Stanton

Type: Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59233-634-0
Publisher: Fair Winds

My thoughts: As its name suggests, this book is page upon page of eye makeup designs. They are divided into sections such as special occasions, seasonal looks, daytime to nighttime and even looks based on sports teams and celebrity looks. This is a good book to get an idea for some looks and to see which colours work well together, but it doesn’t have any instructions on how to achieve the looks, so maybe not to everyone's tastes.  


*I have not included the pricing of these books as they will vary depending on where they are purchased. I have included an Amazon link on each book, so feel free to check out the full descriptions and prices available there. 

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