Top 5 Makeup Books


The world wide web is full of websites that contain makeup articles, pictures, and videos for us to venture in. However, when it comes to art, there is nothing better than an old-skool book in our hand, where our 5 senses are stimulated.

Hearing the flap of the pages, touching the soft pages and flipping them, looking at the gorgeous art, and feeling the art penetrate into our soul as the smell of the brand new printed book pages flip is just an ultimate experience of its own.

If you are passionate about makeup a.k.a a makeup junkie, we have put together a list of our favorite and biggest books in the makeup industry, for you to explore while sipping your coffee or your favorite cocktail on the beach!

1. Rae Morris “Express Makeup”

Rae Morris is a big name in major international runway shows. She is known for her speed where speed in applying makeup. Here she reveals all the tricks and trade secrets she’s learned over her highly successful career, from how to apply razor-sharp eyeliner to how to transform one’s face with the perfect brow shape. Her number one tip: when you’re in a hurry, always do your eyes first, as you can easily apply foundation and lipstick in your compact or rear-view mirror. Full of sensational looks, with step-by-step photographs and easy to follow instructions on how to achieve them, this book is a must-have for women who want to look gorgeous in just minutes.

2. Bobbi Brown “Makeup Manual”

Bobbi Brown’s 25-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup–from how to find the right color and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (Brows, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, and Eye Lashes) no matter your eye color and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick, etc. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on “Hands and Feet” and “Body Skin Care.” BOBBI BROWN’S MAKEUP MANUAL will be the only book any woman will need to look absolutely fabulous.

3. Francois Nars “Makeup your mind, express yourself”

Established in 1994 by renowned cosmetics designer François Nars, NARS Cosmetics is one of the most recognizable and coveted cosmetics and skin-care brands, with a huge international following. Here Nars combines his expertise in makeup and photography to create a makeover manual that transforms the application of makeup into the ultimate form of self-expression. The book celebrates Nars’s unrivaled vision as a makeup artist, providing visual and textual narratives of his cosmetic process, inspiring readers to re-create his lessons on their own, and featuring examples of the newest, freshest looks and color palettes popular today. Employing Nars’s own before and after makeover photographs of a variety of models of all different ages, races, and skin tones—and combining these images with the designer’s instructional sketches on transparent overlays—this volume is the definitive do-it-yourself guide for anyone interested in the transformative power of cosmetics.

4. Scott Barnes “Face to face”

Face to Face, the follow-up to Scott Barnes’s bestselling beauty primer, About Face, is the everyday style guide for every woman. Scott helps change up the usual go-to makeup routine with techniques for getting the perfect look during every transition of the day. What’s a sleek, work appropriate face for the boardroom and client meetings? How do you take your work face up one notch for a dinner out? And what does it take to wow the all-night crowd and create your own red carpet glam? Scott shows readers with a variety of looks for all types and complexions. Step-by-step instructions make application simple and photos show before and after shots of just what is possible with some makeup magic brought to you by the relied-on makeup artist of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and more.

5. Makeup Is Art: Professional Techniques for Creating Original Looks

Top makeup professionals, many from London’s Academy of Freelance Makeup, give a glimpse into their glamorous world. These experts offer imaginative ideas, inside knowledge, and a wealth of advice for aspiring artists, along with instructions for a range of inventive looks using specialist techniques-from retro styles and Lady Gaga-inspired designs to underwater makeup and body painting.

All of the book information is from the authors and are listed on amazon. The books can be purchased from amazon via this link.

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