BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must-Reads

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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:



 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

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.


 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

KEVYN AUCOIN | Making Faces

No list of makeup literature could be complete without Kevyn Aucoin’s legendary Making Faces BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads. 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.


 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

JEMMA KIDD | Make-up Masterclass

 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must ReadsLike Rae Morris’ book, Make-up Masterclass BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads 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.


 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

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.

 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads


 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

 ANTONIO LOPEZ: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco | Roger Padilha, Mauricio Padilha, Anna Sui, Andre Leon Talley, Bill Cunningham

 BEAUTY BOOKS: 5 Makeup & Style Must Reads

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!

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, thanks for sharing all the good reads! I’ve read some Bobbi Brown books and I like them. I think I just like her philosophy, plus there is a lot of basic stuff that I ignore but is actually important!

    • Catherine

      Hi Sunny! Yeah, I think I look to beauty books for inspiration moreso than actual technique. There’s just something about having the printed images in front of you sometimes. ♥

  • Martha

    I’ve never read any of these, but I will look for them!

    • Catherine

      Hi Martha! Let me know if you pick any of them up. ♥

  • Lily

    Interesting! I don’t buy books about makeup much, but I’ve read a Bobbi Brown one when I just started on makeup.

    • Catherine

      Hi Lily! I’ve heard a lot about the Bobbi Brown ones, I haven’t read any of them though. I’m not sure why, I’ll have to look at some of them. ♥

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I love that Kevyn Aucoin book! The transformations are amazing! It’s a great staple book for sure! I’d love to see the Rae Morris one-I think she’s great!

    • Catherine

      Hi Tracy! I absolutely love the Rae Morris book, it’s my #1 favorite. ♥

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I am not a beauty book person I guess. I look my stuff up online a lot.

    • Catherine

      I totally get that. I get most info and tutorials etc online, but I do love books for inspiration ♥

  • convenientbeauty

    I have Making Faces and absolutely adore the pictures. So inspiring!! But frankly, I didn’t learn much from the book. My techniques are all from youtube and reading blogs and trials and errors. But when I need inspiration, I open this book. Great post!

    • Catherine

      I’m exactly the same way, Joanne! Info – I go online. And I do get a lot of inspiration online too. But often I’ll turn to beauty books for inspiration as well. ♥

  • Christine

    Making Faces is such a wonderful book! I LOVE looking at it and it’s so amazing to see just how insanely different he’s made well-known celebrities look. Courtney Love as Jean Harlot? Crazy! :)