Beauty by the Book

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Summers are for light reading, and what’s lighter than books that teach the art of looking your best? I’ve found five books that chart a course to skin that glows from within, makeup that’ll turn heads (in a good way), and hair that looks more alive than dead.

If you want to eat your way to pretty, read The Water Secret by dermatologist extraordinaire, Dr. Howard Murad. He makes a convincing argument that a diet rich in high water-content foods rolls back the aging clock, improves complexion, and stops irritation. My favorite part? The Cellular Water Secret Smoothie, a berry blend of good-for-you foods including pomegranate and goji berries. You can find the recipe here.

If you’re just beginning to get comfortable with makeup, read Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. She lays it all out, from which brushes to use while piling on product to crafting beautifully wearable looks. Start here for a roadmap to classic beauty.

If you want to learn how to sculpt your face like a pro, there’s Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces. It’s a bit dated, but like all great classics, the techniques are timeless. Perhaps you’ve wondered why famous enhanced faces dare to insist that they’re plastic surgery-free? It’s all because of this man and his smoke-and-mirror tricks that imitate a trip to the surgery clinic. Read his book to learn how to fake the knife with foundation and concealer and more.

If your complexion falls somewhere in between caramel and ebony, consider adding The Beauty of Color to your reading list. Written by a supermodel who hasn’t aged in ten years, The Beauty of Color is Iman’s gift to ladies like me. The multi-ethnic tailored book dishes on skincare and makeup tips, straight from the flawless source.

If you want a basic overview of all things skin, hair, and makeup, look no further than Allure’s Confessions of a Beauty Editor. Curated by the talented editors of the magazine that bears the same name, the book leaves no stone unturned when it comes to teaching you how to look your best.

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4 comments on “Beauty by the Book

  1. Mysty says:

    Love the list! I already have Making Faces, and that was my first beauty book I bought and it’s still the best! Taught me everything that I never learned from anywhere else! 🙂 Going to grab Allures now, thanks!

  2. Curvy CEO says:

    This is a great list! I love beauty/fashion/style coffee table books…I’ve got quite the collection! I hadn’t heard of the book by Dr. Murad…will have to give it a look!

  3. Kate says:

    I just discovered your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! The Bobby Brown Book is definitely my favorite she is very straight-forward and it is easy to follow- then you can add your own flourishes as you become more experienced.

    Greetings from Berlin!

    xo, Kate (

    • admin says:

      I’m happy to hear you like the blog! I’ve actually been reading Bobbi Brown books since I was a teenager; I’m growing up with her! And greetings from Washington, DC!