Instant Beauty Guru: Beauty Books To Enhance Your Beat
Sometimes a YouTube video just won’t cut it when you really want to learn about the tools you need to apply your best beat face. If you’re a book lover, here are 10 that will transform you into the ultimate beauty guru.
Plastic Surgery Without the Surgery: The Miracle of Makeup Techniques by Eve Pearl
Best known for her salmon-hued concealer that works wonders on dark skin, Eve Pearl is the master of natural-looking contours that reshape the face. In her book, she teaches you how to properly contour your face and avoid a dirty-face look due to the use of powder a few shades too dark.
The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color by Iman with Tia Williams
Most beauty books take an industrial and logistical approach to the tools of the trade. Iman’s book makes great use of Tia William’s makeup expertise and gives fun context for each look. The Beauty of Color is a must for anyone looking to learn new tricks to makeup application.
Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin
The late Kevyn Aucoin was the guru of all makeup gurus, drag queens, regular girls and everyone in between. This best seller gives practical and advanced knowledge of makeup application. Plus, Aucoin’s story gives you inspiration too.
Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African American Women by Sam Fine
Clean, elegant and sophisticated describe Sam Fine’s style of makeup application. In his first book, the legendary makeup artist shares beauty tips that would turn heads on the red carpet, along with elegant photos of his work. Fine also shares the proper way to ‘cook’ or ‘bake’ your setting powders.
Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face Workbook by Cindy Crawford with Sonia Kashuk and Kathleen Boyes
Crawford gives away all the secrets to what makes her stunning face pop in her Basic Face Workbook. This book is easy to understand and clearly gives the dos, don’ts and hell nos of proper makeup application. And if you’re feeling nostalgic, the clean layout will take you back to the ’90s in a good way.
Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out by Tyra Banks and Vanessa Thomas Bush
Banks’ book offers great makeup tips and tricks as well as skincare advice for young women. And in true chatty Tyra fashion, she also shares tips and tricks for great relationships, fashion sense and self-esteem.
Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin
This manual picks up where Making Faces, Aucoin’s first book, left off. It gives more detail on the transformations that we can achieve with makeup.
Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need to Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy & Awesome by Bobbi Brown and Annemarie Iverson
Not sure when or how to let your teen wear makeup? Allow Bobbi Brown to help you figure out what products are appropriate, but still provide a pop of color to a young face.
Face Painting: African-American Beauty Techniques from an Emmy Award-Winning Makeup Artist by Reggie Wells
A pioneer in African-American beauty, Wells’ book shares the stories behind some of his most iconic celebrity looks. He gives makeup advice in the back of the book, but you’ll want Face Painting for the history lesson.
The Essence Total Makeover: Body, Beauty, Spirit by Patricia Mignon Hinds
A beauty book by Essence is a no-brainer. The Essence Total Makeover is about making over your life inside and out from a perspective of positivity and celebration. Beautiful photos and helpful skincare and beauty advice make this one a must-have for your bookshelf.
Latina Beauty: A Get-Gorgeous Guide for Every Mujer by the Editors of Latina Magazine and Belén Aranda-Alvarado
Taking a holistic approach, this book gives advice on how to care for yourself inside and out while also observing tradition and celebrating diversity. Latina Beauty has a special section for weddings and highlights vintage Latina beauties.