I’m a bit of a makeup book fiend. As much as I love and appreciate internet tutorials – when it comes to inspiration, there’s nothing quite like having the photographs physically in front of you. Here are 5 of my favorites:
RAE MORRIS | Makeup: The Ultimate Guide
With its glossy (un-retouched!) images, step-by-step how to’s and in-depth color analysis, Makeup: The Ultimate Guide is what I consider a makeup book masterpiece. Morris addresses every aspect of makeup, from technique and tools to unique looks, with attention to different eye shapes and age groups. No matter how many times I read it, I still find myself completely absorbed every time.
KEVYN AUCOIN | Making Faces
No list of makeup literature could be complete without Kevyn Aucoin’s legendary Making Faces. As it’s nearly 15 years old, many of the looks have vintage appeal. Others look surprisingly modern – quite a feat in a ever-evolving field like makeup. My favorite part of this book is that it provides a glimpse into Aucoin’s personality. His positive outlook and enthusiasm for embracing your own, individual beauty are perhaps even more inspiring than his makeup.
JEMMA KIDD | Make-up Masterclass
Like Rae Morris’ book, Make-up Masterclass is the type of book you want to keep out on your coffee table. It’s filled with large, gorgeous images that are informative, inspiring, and works of art in and of themselves. Sixty’s cat eyes are one of my most favorite makeup looks and Kidd’s version is impeccable. My only critique is that I found the skin tone section a bit lacking, with a huge range of medium-dark skin tones grouped into just a few categories.
ROBERT JONES | Makeup Makeovers in 5, 10, and 20 Minutes: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations
For those looking for an in-depth resource for makeup application, I recommend Makeup Makeovers. Where some books breeze over the details, Jones’ technique is meticulous – and he shows you it step-by-step. This book is all about making the most of your features while keeping your routine concise. I personally love Jones’ classic, timeless makeup style and would wear all the looks he shows. He’s also the only makeup artist I’ve seen recommend heated lash curlers – one of my absolute HG products.
ANTONIO LOPEZ: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco | Roger Padilha, Mauricio Padilha, Anna Sui, Andre Leon Talley, Bill Cunningham
On the flip side, if you’re looking less for “how-to”s and more for creative inspiration, Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco is a must-read. This one isn’t strictly a makeup book, but rather a compilation of the fashion illustrator’s work. There’s no way to summarize all that’s included, so I’ll just say: it may be impossible to flip through these pages of photos, sketches, drawings, and paintings without getting inspired.
Do you have any beauty book recommendations? Where do you turn for makeup inspiration? I would love to hear!