Beauty by the Book
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.