Six Great Beauty Books

Six Great Beauty Books. Sure you can surf the web or watch hundreds of Youtube tutorials, but sometimes it is just more enjoyable to curl up on the couch and crack open a really good beauty book. Of the dozens and dozens available in your favourite bookstore, these six are great quality. Order a venti Starbucks latte, sit back and enjoy a good read.



laura mercier beauty book

  1. The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face by Laura Mercier


Of all the pro makeup artists in the world, Laura Mercier may just be the most discreet when it comes to celebrity makeup. She’s never dished on any high profile client. That discretion is repaid in this makeup how-to by her celebrity friends who sing her praises. In this book, she teaches you how to achieve her hallmark flawless face and how to apply your products in a more artistic way. These are the same techniques that have kep Julia Roberts and Maria Carey coming back for years.


jemma kidd beauty book2. Makeup Master class Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks by Jemma Kidd


As an international makeup artist, Jemma Kidd has perfected the art of makeup. Better yet, she has a down-to-earth approach that makes her techniques and instructions fun and easy-to-follow. I like that she talks about inner beauty as much as your outer beauty. Kidd, was born Jemma Wellesley, Marchioness of Douro, and is in fact royalty. You will find her techniques simple, very inclusive and confidence building.


scott barnes beauty book

  1. Face to Face Amazing New Looks and Inspiration from the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist by Scott Barnes


Scott Barnes just may be the most influential celebrity makeup artist of the last decade. He’s the one who created the whole Miami Glow look for Jennifer Lopez. Then, he began working with the Kardashians for Red Carpet appearances really defining their contoured look. It’s been such a worldwide hit that he travels the globe teaching his signature technique in master classes. You can save the hundreds he charges for a class and follow his step-by-step instruction for flawless makeup.


bobbi brown beauty rules books

  1. Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules: Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons by Bobbi Brown


This must be my most-recommended book because I am always being asked what to recommend to teenage girls to learn the makeup basics professionally. Bobbi Brown comes to the cosmetic industry from a unique positioning. She really sincerely promotes natural beauty. From an almost holistic and spiritual perspective, Brown takes the beauty ingénue through all the techniques to highlight natural beauty while providing a healthy dose of being true to yourself and loving who you are. It also includes the most realistic looking models you may ever see in a makeup book, simply because they are not models or celebrities. This book is really for everybody.

bobbi brown makeup manual


  1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown


Okay, I know I’m listing two Bobbi Brown books in this list, but it is justified. Bobbi Brown’s books are for everyone, regardless of age, race or artistic level, and like everything Bobbi, this book is informative and simple-to-use and never skips the basics to highlight the extreme. It also includes a helpful section for the aspiring makeup artist. It’s just another reason that Brown is so successful against so many flashy competitors; she offers what real women want and need.


war paint beauty book

  1. War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry by Lindy Woodhead


I wanted to throw in this joint autobiography of Helena Rubinstein, and Elizabeth Arden. It’s a fascinating read on the bold, brilliant, ruthless and intense rivals who created what is now a billion dollar business globally. Exhaustingly researched and utterly juicy, this book will keep you fascinated and entertained and in awe of two trail-blazing women who fought in a man’s world to become self-made millionaires. Highly recommended.


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    July 13, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Love a good read, mmm Bobby Brown to start…

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    Kristen Visser
    July 12, 2022 at 10:55 am

    What a great selection. I would actually love to get a book showcasing different techniques

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      July 12, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      I would love to read all of these books! The ones I want to read the most are the Bobbie Brown books.

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    July 12, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Love to read Scott Barnes book! He is having a master class soon; what an amazing experience that will be! Very talented artist.

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    Susan T.
    February 25, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    These are beautiful but I have to admit I learn most beauty techniques on YouTube. 🙂

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    February 18, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    interesting books

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    January 26, 2022 at 10:30 am

    I’d love to read War Paint!

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    Susan T.
    January 3, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    These are great! Bobbie Brown’s books are super helpful for those of us who like a natural look. No Instagram contouring! Lol!

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    Natalia Dimitropoulos
    January 21, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve seen the War Paint one around

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    Craig Johnson
    January 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Very Nice! I want these!!

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    September Dee
    January 18, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Always looking for good books to read so thanks for this list Dave!! War Paint would be my first pick. I can imagine the rivalry between those two.

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      Mariah Lockwood
      January 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you for sharing your list of beauty books. My favorite books are oldies but goodies, Kevyn Aucoin’s books. I will add these to my birthday wish list. Thanks again.

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    Anna Roszak Robinson
    January 18, 2020 at 11:01 am

    They all sound great! You recommended Bobbi Brown’s book to me a couple years ago for my daughter & it’s the best book. We read it over & over. Thank you Dave!

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    Brittany Kauker
    September 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I love great books like this… I’m definitely bookmarking this page! Thanks.

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    September 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Great selections!! D

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    Cheryl L.
    September 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Would read them all! @che170

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    Lini Ruzic
    September 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Now I have to decide on which one to start. Then I’ll buy another one. And another. And… 🙂 I’ve been looking for a good beauty book.

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    September Dee
    September 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

    War Paint sounds fascinating. I’ll be looking for that one. I agree with the Bobbi Brown choices. She really is someone that has us all in mind.

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    Amanda Wright
    September 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I can’t wait to read this selection! Thank you for the recommendation, Dave!!

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    September 2, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I have a few you have mentioned 🙂

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    Pamela Gard
    September 2, 2015 at 10:09 am

    this would so help my makeup and beauty routine.@niiba44

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    September 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Great selection!

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    September 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

    great beauty books!


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    Olga Savvidou
    September 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

    yep !!!

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    Despoina Chortara
    September 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

    amazing !!! @depixortara

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    Laurie Prior @Amazing_L1fe
    September 2, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Great read, Dave! It’d be hard to pick just one but I think Face to Face sounds really interesting. I’m so happy I found your blog!

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    Barbara @BLUEYES008
    September 2, 2015 at 8:26 am

    You always give the best advice and protips!

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