10 Beauty Books to Own and Why

Complexion Perfection: Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin by Hollywood’s Leading Skin Expert
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner to Pro
Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor
Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Gorgeous
The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets
Good to Great Hair: Celebrity Hairstyling Techniques Made Simple
Rescue Your Nails: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Perfect Fingers and Toes
A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products
Passport to Beauty: Secrets and Tips From Around the World for Becoming a Global Goddess
Complexion Perfection: Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin by Hollywood’s Leading Skin Expert Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner to Pro Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Gorgeous The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets Good to Great Hair: Celebrity Hairstyling Techniques Made Simple Rescue Your Nails: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Perfect Fingers and Toes A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products Passport to Beauty: Secrets and Tips From Around the World for Becoming a Global Goddess
By India-Jewel Jackson October 21, 2011
How great would it be to have your own personal daily glam squad? While on-call hairstylists, aestheticians, manicurists, and makeup artists may not be in your budget, know this-how-to books are a close second. Teach yourself their expert tips and tricks and you’ll be a (self-made) knockout in no time. Here, 10 of our favorites.
Kate Somerville tends to the skin of Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, and Demi Moore, so she certainly knows a thing or two about keeping your dermis dilemma-free. An appointment with Somerville may set you back a pretty penny, but since she shares her best tips here, this is a complexion-perfecting option for you. Available for $16.36 at Barnesandnoble.com
Having been in the industry for 25-plus years, makeup maven Bobbi Brown knows everything (EVERYTHING!) there is to know about makeup. Here, she shares her how-to expertise alongside easy-to-follow photographs and diagrams for your better understanding. It’s almost like she’s right there with you. Available for $18.39 at Amazon.com
We beauty editors are privy to a plethora of information regarding makeup, hair, skin care, nails, fragrance—good thing the girls at the industry’s Beauty Bible put it all in one place so you can have their vast expertise at your fingertips. Available for $19.85 at Barnesandnoble.com
Let’s face it—we may dress for other women, but generally we get gussied up for the guys. Tired of wondering which look he really likes? Check this guide out. It’s a great go-to reference for looking seductive and getting gorgeous after dark. Learn to create an enticing sooty smoky eye, how to perfect your red pout, and exactly where you should dab on your favorite fragrance. Available for $12.62 at Barnesandnoble.com
A-list celebrities seem to have it all: amazing careers, more money than they can spend, and drop-dead gorgeous looks. It isn’t fair, but it would be if you got in on the action. This book reveals the beauty secrets of Hollywood’s hottest as well as the actual products they buy, so now you too can look just as fabulous. Hey—one out of three isn’t too bad. Available for $13.98 at Barnesandnoble.com
Love Jennifer Aniston’s picture-perfect pin-straight strands? Mad about Kim Kardashian’s marvelous voluminous mane? Lusting over Blake Lively’s lush locks? You’ll learn absolutely everything you need to know about at-home hair care, from conditioning treatments to cutting tips to step-by-step styling techniques that are inspired by your favorite celebrity but just right for you. Available for $17.35 at Barnesandnoble.com
Lacquer is just as important a fashion accessory as any, so read up on how to keep your tips and toes in tip-top shape. Ji Baek, nail pro and founder of Rescue Beauty (http://www.rescuebeauty.com/), shares her expertise on how to easily fix smudged polish, building a robust nail-care kit, and how to repair a chipped nail. Available for $10.95 at Barnesandnoble.com
Sodium lauryl sulfate. Phthalates. Triclosan. Dienthanolamine. Propylene glycol. Sodium hydroxy methyl glycinate. Tongue twisted yet? Completely confounded? Yep—we were too, until we read this one, which thoroughly details the meanings and uses of each confusing ingredient in laymen’s terms so you can make an informed, conscious decision on what you’re purchasing and using for grooming. Available for $15.36 at Amazon.com
If glancing at the back of a bottle feels more like you’re attempting to read War and Peace, perhaps you should consider going it alone, as this manual makes do-it-yourself beauty simple. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what you’re slathering on your skin? From mineral makeup to face cream to shampoo and conditioner, each formula is listed in a detailed step-by-step recipe format, making it easy to follow. Available for $11.77 at Barnesandnoble.com
There’s a reason “French Women Don’t Get Fat” and Indian women are widely revered as having the best hair on earth—they clearly know something about beauty that we don’t. This book explores numerous cultures from around the world and divulges their exotic beauty secrets. Available for $12.02 at Barnesandnoble.com
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