Today’s topic is dedicated to all makeup lovers, to ladies who discovered the power of lipsticks and eye-shadows and who want to learn more of this art – makeup. Let me share with you 10 most interesting, useful and, simply, best makeup books out there:

1) Rae Morris “Express Makeup”

Rae Morris had a very successful career in the beauty industry, doing makeup looks for major international runway shows and she definitely knows how to achieve amazing results very fast. In this book, the author shares outstanding makeup secrets and various techniques she learned over the years of mega successful career. Her number one beauty tip is: when you are in a big hurry, do your eyes first, because you can easily apply foundation and lipstick on the go.  This book contains amazing number of different makeup looks, with explanation and pictures that can be done very easily and quickly (some looks can be done in minutes), and the exciting thing is that this book contains makeup looks for different skin tones from white to dark, and features a lot of different ages, as well.

2) Bobbi Brown “Makeup Manual”

This is one of the “must have” makeup books by a true professional – Bobbi Brown. She actually has done many other books, but this particular book is really worth getting! Not only Bobbi Brown has been in makeup styling industry for over 25 years, but she also has a makeup line that is called by her name. In this book Bobbi touches various beauty subjects – from how to care for your skin to how to find the perfect foundation suitable for your skin type. The author also reveals secret beauty tips on lipstick, bronzer, blush, lip liner, eye shadow, eye lashes, etc. The book contains various chapters on how to apply makeup, which tools to use and it even covers the skin care and special makeup applications with easy-to-follow explanations and quality photographs.

3) Scott Barnes “About Face”

Scott Barnes worked with A-list celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, etc.  This book features many amazing transformations using secrets of the top celebrity makeup artist, which he shares openly and gladly with the reader. This book has plenty of good quality, beautiful pictures with various makeovers, showing before and after photos; the author not only explains why and how things are done, but also shares a lot of makeup tips, for example, how to contour the face using lighter and darker shades of foundation. You can learn all necessary tips on how to apply foundation, contour, highlight, how to create the most gorgeous smoky eyes and more…The book also highlights must-have makeup items, beauty rituals and even inner preparations that every lady should know to radiate charisma and charm.

4) Jemma Kidd “Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of professional techniques and wearable looks”

“Millions of women throughout the world wear make-up, but few of them have been taught how to apply it.” – this is what inspired Jemma Kidd to write this book. The title of this book explains everything – the book shows very clearly, with step-by-step instructions how to enhance the features of the face and how to become even more beautiful and confident with the help of cosmetics. Jemma Kidd also shares some incredible makeup tips and tricks that you can use with confidence in your every day life. The author explains how she works with various color schemes and latest trends to create unforgettable makeup looks for any time of the day, she also shows how some intense, sophisticated and “extreme” looks can be toned down and adapted for everyday wear. It’s definitely a “must have” book!

5) Francois Nars “Makeup your mind, express yourself”

Nars’s unusual approach to makeup, beauty and innovation has forever changed the face of beauty. The author combines his knowledge in photography and makeup to create transformational manual that sees makeup as the form of self-expression. This book is filled with amazing pictures of various makeovers, beautiful before and after photos of makeup looks with clear schemes of which products have been used on a model, inspiring the reader to recreate his lessons on their own. Quality of this book is really outstanding and it’s definitely a “must-have book” for those ladies who are interested in the fabulous and transformative power of makeup.

6) Robert Jones “Makeup makeovers in 5 10 15 20 Minutes”

Often we don’t have time to do a whole face of makeup and, discouraged, we decide to go out of the door bare faced, thinking that in 5 minutes it’s anyway impossible to complete a makeup look. Robert Jones shows in this book, in a very comprehensive manner, that it is actually possible to create a “chef d’oeuvre” on your face in only 5 or 10 minutes.

7) Scott Barnes “Face to face”

This is a second book by the same author in my list, but he is absolutely worth it. The book “Face to face” is made for every lady who desires to be beautiful, it’s filled with unique and beautiful makeup looks suitable for various occasions. Scott Barnes works with celebrities and had years of experience in the beauty industry, so to have this book is the same as to have your own personal makeup artist who shares the most interesting secrets and gives step-by-step instructions providing you with inspiration to try new looks for yourself.

8) Taylor-Chang-Babaian “Asian Faces: The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women”

This wonderful makeup guide is dedicated to Asian ladies. In this beauty guide celebrity makeup artist shares her beauty secrets, various makeup tips and tricks, as well as techniques that help enhance facial features of Asian women of all ages. The book supplies amazing photos of great quality, as well as step-by-step guides on how to create wearable day time looks, as well as glamorous evening makeups.

9) Robert Jones “Makeup Makeovers: Weddings: Stunning Looks for the Entire Bridal Party”

Wedding makeup looks book is a “must have” not only for ladies who are about to walk down the isle, but also can be useful for any girl who desires to look glamorous and be beautiful no matter what day is today, because many of wedding makeup looks are very elegant and classy, and can be easily worn in our every day life. A well known makeup artist shares his amazing beauty tips and makeup secrets which can be useful for every lady who loves wonderful makeovers and wants to know the details and techniques that professionals use. In this full-color guide the author shares before and after pictures of not just “perfect” models, but focuses more on a simple girl “next door”, making every lady look stunning on her wedding day and in everyday life. Robert Jones shares special makeup techniques for morning, midday, afternoon and evening weddings, because with each period of the day the photographs will be different, so the author wants to make sure that you look stunning all the time! Of course, there are also makeup tips for bridesmaids and makeup secrets for wedding photos…so, in this book you will find everything you ever needed to know about bridal makeup and even more…

10) Lauren Rennells “Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques”

And finally, beauty can’t go without beautiful hair. This hairstyle’s guide shows stunning, special and feminine hairstyles of women in the early to mid-20th century. The way women dressed, the way they wore makeup and the way they styled their hair- all this is very outstanding! This book has easy-to-follow instructions, comprehensive directions and shares advanced techniques on how to create sophisticated hairstyles and always look elegant and feminine. The author also provides some information on accessories, makeup and nails for a complete and feminine image.
By the way, the same author – Lauren Rennells – also made a book about retro-makeup, the book is called “Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying the Vintage Look”, featuring outstanding retro makeup looks; the book is also quite amazing and those ladies who love retro style will definitely love it!

I hope you found it useful. Please feel free to share some of your favorite and best makeup books in the comments section below.

Stay beautiful!


  1. Kass
    July 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

    This is awesome and love the info. Maybe you can also include Wedding makeup Guide. Quite resourceful as well.
    Will be back soon for more

  2. Ella
    March 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I agree, these are wonderful makeup and beauty books!

  3. Samantha
    March 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I Agree that these books are truly great. I’m a professional makeup artist and I also do recommend them!

  4. Lola
    July 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Good website with amazing content!

  5. Kim
    July 16, 2013 at 6:44 am

    You are just amazing!

  6. Sonia
    July 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Interesting post! Really informative!

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