8 Beauty (Also, Gorge Coffee Table) Books That Cosmetic Junkies Need to Read RN

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This means that you should be doing it often, and not just as a way to keep up-to-date will all the celeb drama. No, we’re not suggesting that you haul the dusty classics off the shelf. We’re talking reading things that are relevant to you. And if you are a makeup, hair and skincare junkie, reading beauty books might just turn you into a bookworm. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

The Library is Open

You might not think that there is anything you could learn from a book that you can’t find online. And while this may be true to an extent, many industry professionals have put exclusive information into their books so that you, the buyer, can get inside information and their personal insights. Also, having a selection of beautiful coffee-table books on display will not only make you look trés sophisticated but will also help you to achieve that glam decor aesthetic you’ve been lusting over on Pinterest.

Convinced? Get your credit cards ready, because here are eight gorgeous beauty books you are going to buy and devour immediately. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

1. Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World – Sali Hughes

Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives

R192 Amazon SHOP NOW

2. Great Hair Days: & How to Have Them – Luke Hersheson

This book offers all the expert styling advice and hair dos and don’ts you will ever need from acclaimed fashion and A-list hairstylist Luke Hersheson, the man behind the iconic cuts and styles seen on runways and red carpets

R365 Amazon SHOP NOW

3. Nailed It.: Nails * Fashion * Technique – Marian Newman

World-famous nail artist Marian Newman reveals the stories behind some of her most iconic nails created for fashion shows and magazines, as well as the secrets and techniques to recreate her incredible nails

R279 Amazon SHOP NOW

4. Bulgari: The Perfume of Gems

This stunning luxury book – a kind of precious atlas of fragrances –traces the origins of Bulgari’s precious perfumes back to the ancient gems and spice trails and to Bulgari’s fine jewellery tradition

R1280 Amazon SHOP NOW

5. The Makeup of a Confident Woman – Trish McEvoy

International makeup artist and entrepreneur Trish McEvoy reveals her revolutionary, proven system that teaches women to achieve total beauty security and confidence in this inspirational full-colour playbook

R141 Amazon SHOP NOW

6. The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Great Skin – Anjali Mahto

Tackling common complaints such as acne and dryness, rosacea and ageing, this book is your definitive companion to your body’s biggest organ. Clear, concise and packed full of tips on the best products and routines, it will help you discover what works for you and how to find confidence in your skin

R182 Amazon SHOP NOW

7. The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin – Charlotte Cho

Beauty expert and founder of Korean Skincare website Soko Glam, Charlotte Cho guides you through the world-renowned Korean ten-step skin-care routine—and far beyond—to help you achieve the clearest and most radiant skin of your life

R270 Amazon SHOP NOW

8. Face Paint: The Story of Makeup – Lisa Eldridge

In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form of makeup, from Egyptian and Classical times up through the Victorian age and golden era of Hollywood, and also surveys the cutting-edge makeup science of today and tomorrow

R293 Amazon SHOP NOW

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