In the age of iPhones, Netflix, YouTube, and basically the internet, it's easy to forget how good it feels to turn the pages of a physical book (or loose yourself in a great eBook, if you refuse to completely disconnect). The Girl on the Train or the latest instalment from Liane Moriarty are all well and good, but there's nothing that piques our interest quite like a good beauty book. Whether it's a memoir from a veteran beauty editor, or a science-y delve into skincare ingredients, we're all for it.
Assuming you're as into beauty as we are (and we're guessing yes for obvious reasons), you probably share a similar feeling. Although, not all beauty books are created equal, so we've collated a list of the ones we know to be amazing (both in our opinion, and the opinions of others). All that's left to do is find the time in your busy schedule to work your way through the below.
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You can easily knock this over in a weekend. It's the perfect balance of humour and information, with a healthy dose of realness for good measure. Hughes (who's a well-rounded beauty editor from the UK) calls BS on a lot of beauty gimmicks, and supplements in her own recommendations. Overall, we 100 percent trust her.
Paula Begoun is the mastermind behind Paula's Choice for anyone who isn't in the know. Made for skincare fanatics, this book literally explains every common skincare ingredient (including if and what they're good for), and breaks down who should use what, when. It's more science than witty prose, but the information is spot-on (and backed by years of research).
There's not much we can say about this one other than you should read it. Basically, Cat Marnell was a big U.S. beauty editor with a full-blown addiction to basically every illicit substance. It has every quality of a true page turner—juicy, candid, and totally un-censored. Non-beauty friends will enjoy it, too.
Aussie beauty darling Zoë Foster Blake knows it all. This book is like an encyclopedia of amazing product recommendations and easy beauty looks. Plus, her writing is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Bobbi Brown is a famous makeup artist (you'd be familiar with her eponymous line), known for her natural beauty ethos. This book details a range of skills from colour choice, application, tools, and complete looks. One for the coffee (or dressing) table.
Stephanie Darling is an Australian beauty editor who's been working the circuit for longer than most. Her memoir is a beautiful mix of expert knowledge mixed with clippings of her amazing life within the beauty media circle. The detail is incredible, and it's a safe bet that anyone who reads this will long for a day spent in Darlings' shoes (YSL pumps, no less).