As beauty editors, we take the responsibility of keeping you informed about the latest beauty and wellness know-how very seriously. We do our homework, which means scrolling through Instagram, keeping an eye on celebrity looks, and, perhaps most importantly, reading. There’s something about setting your phone aside and pulling out an actual book once in a while that feels downright luxurious. And getting a dose of insider beauty knowledge in the process? Even better.
Books are the perfect way to get the in-depth beauty expertise we crave and can’t find anywhere else. Plus, they just look really cute on our coffee tables and bookshelves. From top-secret French beauty tips that’ll revolutionize your night routine to life-changing tips on how to beat chronic bloating, these are the current reads that we can’t put down. Behold: the 11 best beauty-related books your favorite Byrdie editors are reading right now.
It's no secret that the French know a thing or two about beauty. With a mother and grandmother who were beauty editors at French Vogue, von Mueffling divulges her best beauty secrets, from the importance of double-cleansing your face to how to choose the perfect perfume. This beauty bible is our editorial director Faith Xue's current read.
World-renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown created this lifestyle guide to teach you everything you need to know about looking and feeling beautiful. She divulges the latest cutting-edge beauty treatments, beauty food recipes, fitness tailored to help you glow from the inside out, and more. This title is also currently gracing Faith's bookshelf.
Faith also recommends this read. Integrative medicine guru Deepak Chopra and Hollywood nutritionist Kimberly Snyder teamed up to write this guide to feeling "more beautiful, healthy, and energized than you have in years." It contains six pillars of healthy living along with practical tips, tools, routines, and foods that will completely transform your lifestyle.
Being vegan doesn't have to equal salads and tofu. This recipe book from Lauren Toyota of the blog and YouTube channel Hot for Food is your guide to making all of your favorite comfort foods (including fried chicken and mac 'n' cheese) vegan. Our features editor, Amanda Montell, keeps this pick on hand when she's in the kitchen.
Amanda is currently loving this pick. If you're into herbal remedies, crystal healing, astrology, or all three, this is the book for you. Each chapter focuses on a different type of "nature magick" and includes accompanying spells, charms, rituals, and meditations to help you get your woo-woo on.
Not your traditional beauty book per se, but this collection of poetry explores beauty-related themes, evoking everything from C-section scars to the natural splendor of Niagara Falls. "It's just super wistful and lovely," says Amanda, who's currently reading this one too.
After years of battling bloating caused by IBS and PCOS, fitness and lifestyle blogger Maeve Madden has become an expert on debloating. With this book, she offers her best tips on how to use your diet and exercise to prevent bloating and increase your body confidence. Byrdie's managing editor, Lindsey Metrus, relies on this one when she wants debloating tips.
In what she describes as a "tale of self-loathing, self-sabotage, and yes, self-tanner," former Lucky magazine beauty editor Cat Marnell reveals the shocking and darkly humorous story of her prescription drug addiction and career in the beauty industry with this intriguing memoir. Our assistant editor Erin Jahns couldn't put it down.
Chopra's national best seller Perfect Health is a detailed guide to mind-body medicine. It begins with a quiz to help you identify your Ayurveda mind-body type: Vata, Pitta, Kapha, or some combination of the three, then provides an individualized diet, exercise, and lifestyle plan to help you strengthen your mind-body connection and improve your overall health. Senior editor Hallie Gould raves about it.
Claudia Welch, MSOM, explains how your hormones relate to each other and how you can restore their balance in this super-accessible guide. She presents diet tips, stress management techniques, and natural sleep secrets based on the principles of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Western medicine. This one also comes highly recommended from Hallie.
As the founder of the wellness brand Moon Juice, Amanda Chantal Bacon is an expert in all things healthy living. Her recipes harness the healing properties of adaptogenic herbs, raw foods, and alkalizing ingredients that blend together to create delicious foods and drinks that will leave you with a boosted libido, glowing skin, boosted immunity, and more. Our wellness editor, Victoria Hoff, loves trying out these recipes.