We gathered 5 best books about makeup and beauty to give you a source of inspiration and practical guides to get started or enrich your knowledge on the beauty industry.
Bobby Brown – ‘Everything Eyes’
One of her books the makeup artist dedicated to the most difficult topic – eye makeup. Bobby Brown talks through everything there is on eye makeup, how to go about different eye shapes, what eye makeup works best if you wear glasses. She also explains how to choose the means and why you need a curler.
Olivier Echaudemaison – ‘Colours of my life’
Olivier Echaudemaison is the legendary creative director for Guerlain. His collaboration with the brand began back in 2000, now the makeup artist is 76 years old. Olivier began to work as a makeup artist at the age of 17, settling in the late 50s into one of the most famous and prestigious Parisian hairdressing salons, Alexandre de Paris. The book ‘Colours of my life’ is a detailed inspirational story of Olivier’s career from the beginning of his work as an assistant hairdresser to working with Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren.
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Francois Nars – ‘Makeup your mind’
Few people know that the founder of the NARS brand began his career as a photographer, only then did he learn about makeup from Olivier Echaudemaison. That is why the main idea of his book ‘Makeup Your Mind’ is to show how makeup changes appearance, and how the camera fixes it. On the pages of the book, girls of different ages and races are photographed before and after makeup. This book is a major source of inspiration for those who love and know how to do makeup. You can find many beautiful ideas here. If you want to know more about the life of Francois Nars, then I would advise reading his autobiography ‘Francois Nars’, in which he talks about his life and career.
Val Garland – ‘Validated’
This year L’Oreal Paris Global makeup director Val Garland released her first book. It contains all of her work, life stories, previously unpublished photos and personal photos of the times before Instagram. Val has been in the industry for more than 30 years, she worked with Lady Gaga, created bold images for Vivienne Westwood shows, worked with John Galliano for a long time when he was the art director of the Dior fashion house and much more. This is definitely one of the most motivating books about makeup.
Trish McEvoy – ‘The makeup of a confident woman’
The creator of her own brand that produces the most famous volumizing mascara in the world wrote a book with a feminist name. Trish talks not only about makeup, but also about self-care. She begins with the fact that for good makeup you need a normal mirror and natural lighting that many ignore. The author gives practical advice on why you shouldn’t wear bright makeup when you are tired and how to clean your brushes properly.
Which one of these books about makeup is your favourite?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: Allure, Amazon