Continuing along with my book series, it's time for beauty books! When I started this post I had a list of about 15 books I want to write about and I had the hardest time narrowing it down! I'll get to them all eventually. Patience, Lourdes, patience. These books make excellent gifts for the beauty lover in your life, or yourself! They are perfect for your bookshelf or coffee table.
Beauty by Lauren Conrad
This book is excellent for any youths you may have in your life, or if you are a youth yourself! I love this book because it starts from the basics. It goes through and explains the different kinds and uses of products, and then gives simple tutorials for all of them. I am not exactly what one may call a youth these days, but I still find this book to be a great reference when I need a new look or am trying to perfect a cat-eye for the millionth time. This would be a great graduation gift for any loved ones who are into makeup. (Along with cold, hard cash. Let's be real.)
Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin
When this book came out in 1999, I was just in the very beginning stages of my love affair with makeup and all things beauty. I was OBSESSED with Making Faces. I first heard about Kevyn Aucoin from an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow (who I worshipped at the time) and I made it my mission to find out everything about him. I would pore over this book in the library and at bookstores because my mother wouldn't buy it for me. How dare she not spend 90$ on a book about makeup for me when I was 12! It remains the classic beauty guide that defies the ages. It is worth it alone for the gorgeous photography and timeless makeup tips.
P.S. I still don't own this if anyone wants to send one my way...
5 Minute Face by Carmindy
When I was in high school I would come home and watch Trading Spaces and What Not to Wear on TLC with my mom and sister. Please try to contain your excitement about how cool I was. Carmindy was the sweet makeup artist on What Not to Wear who helped women boost their self-esteem by giving them a makeover and some reasonable make-up advice. I'm happy to report that her book is just as reasonable as her tips were on the show. She shows you how to do several different looks in a short amount of time, on a budget, and without having to use a million products. It's a great book for makeup novices as well as aficionados who are looking for new ways to up their makeup game. As a bonus, her upbeat and positive tone makes the book a pleasant read.
Braids, Buns and Twists by Christina Butcher
I had long-ass princess hair when this book came out and I loved making myself feel like Khaleesi with all these different braid tutorials. My goal for next summer is to have a hair-curtain again, and I can't wait to be able to hit up all the styles in this book. The guides are all really clear and simply written, so you can easily replicate even the most complicated looks. It's a great reference with wedding season coming up, for guest or bride!
It by Alexa Chung
So this isn't so much a beauty book, as it is Alexa Chung just reminding us how awesome she is. It's part memoir, part fashion inspiration, part advice, and full awesome. She is truly my generation's "It Girl," in the way that Chloe Sevigny was the "It Girl" for Gen X. (Chloe's book will be on the next list FOR SURE.) Alexa is the person I turn to when looking for a new haircut, because she's done it all and she always looks flawless. I always troll her Instagram when looking for inspiration. This book will look great on your coffee table and spark many a conversation. All hail A.C.
Have you read any of these? Did everyone worship the Gwyneth ideal in the late 90s/early aughts? My poor, frizzy hair spent a lot of time being tamed by the flat iron because of her. And I remember being so devastated when Kevyn Aucoin passed away, his genius was so apparent even early on in his career and he is still sorely missed in the beauty world. I take comfort in the fact that his name lives on through his books and his wonderful his makeup brand.