Beauty Books You Need In Your Library


For anyone who’s truly into beauty in a holistic sense, it goes far beyond appreciating aesthetics and having a killer makeup collection. True beauty lovers go beyond the product to study the history of makeup and to learn about the professionals who have paved the way. Just as nowadays your tablet or phone might be full of the best beauty apps (including the Glam app, hello), your library should also be filled with beauty books to inspire and inform your makeup aesthetic and enrich your life in general.

  • Iman: The Beauty of Color – Iman is an undeniable beauty icon and a trailblazer in the field of diversity in beauty. This book was one of, if not the first to celebrate women who were all shades of beautiful, offering beauty insights and makeup tips across the spectrum of women of color.
  • Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual – Everyone, from Beginner To Pro – Bobbi Brown’s makeup manual is a must have for anyone who wants to learn from the best. One of the world’s most respected and renowned makeup artists breaks it all the way down, from filling brows to finding the perfect lipstick. Any and every beauty question you’ve got is most likely answered in these pages.
  • Kevyn Aucoin’s books Making Faces and Face Forward are considered must-haves by anyone building a respectable library of beauty books. The late makeup artist was a groundbreaking force in beauty and his books showed the range of transformational possibilities. They continue to inspire to this day.
  • Sam Fine’s Fine Beauty – One of the first book to completely focus on tips and tricks to enhance the beauty of women of color, Fine introduced the world to the wide range of women of color, and gave us all insight on how to enhance the beauty of darker skin tones. Sam Fine’s book and DVD remain gamechangers in the field.
  • Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equationgoes beyond the usual information on enhancing the physical, and shares how inner beauty, confidence, and a dazzling sense of humor can elevate a woman from attractive to astonishing. If you’re into holistic beauty, this is the book for you.
  • Jemma Kidd’s books, Makeup-Masterclass and Makeup Secrets are all about demystifying the process of makeup application so everyday women can figure out how to look fierce on their own terms and using their own skills. There’s a reason both books are best sellers – they’re immensely easy to follow and they offer inspiring tips to use.
  • Andrea Pomerantz-Lustig’s How To Look Expensive offers a different perspective. As the experienced beauty editor who has interviewed every major makeup artist and stylist in the biz, this book combines real world experience with insider information from industry heavy hitters. So if you don’t want to spend over $100 on an expensive eye cream and remain convinced that there are equally effective $20 alternatives, check out this book for the info you’ve been looking for.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.