The best beauty books to pop on the coffee table
If you’re anything like us, you’ll love reading about beauty as much as you adore experimenting with it. Of course, bh is a great resource for all things beauty, but it’s also nice to have something to curl up with on the couch. I’m talking about beauty books. With their pretty covers and in-depth info, they also make great pressies for your mum (think Mother’s Day), sis or bestie. After all, you may not be able to pick the right eyeliner for that special gift, but every girl can benefit from a book full of make-up inspo!
Make-Up – Ultimate Guide – Rae Morris ($39.95, raemorris.com.au)
The brainchild of one of Australia's top make-up artists, this comprehensive guide brings the world of fashion make-up to the masses. Written for women of all ages, it includes what products to buy, how to apply them, looks for every occasion and ten-minute makeovers. Plus, Rae reveals her expert tricks and trade secrets – who’s the pro now?
Hair Romance – The Book – Christina Butcher (24.99, angusrobertson.com.au)
A must-have for anyone looking to dress up their ‘do, this book features no less than 82 handy hairstyle tutorials to suit everyone from beginners to the more advanced. As well as inspiring you to try something new with your hair, it’ll look as pretty on your coffee table as a fishtail braid does in your hair (and with this book, you’ll master the latter in no time).
Beauty At Home – Aerin Lauder ($60, aerin.com)
Conceived by AERIN founder Aerin Lauder, this book explores the design and decorating choices that have made her a celebrated tastemaker around the world. Giving the reader an inside look into her #stunning homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons as well as her swanky Madison Avenue office (sighhh), it also contains expert advice on everything from entertaining to art curating.
Beauty – Lauren Conrad ($29.99, dymocks.com.au)
Style icon Lauren Conrad’s spent years perfecting her look, so it’s only fitting she gives the rest of us a hand. In her first guide dedicated exclusively to beauty, she explains all about maximising your beauty potential. With sections spanning skincare, hair, make-up, diet, exercise, and all-round wellness, the book also contains juicy personal anecdotes and illustrated step-by-step tutorials.
Nails, Nails, Nails! – Madeline Poole ($19.95, angusrobertson.com.au)
If you adore nail art but are too scared to attempt it, this is the book for you. Capturing the endless fun of beauty’s hottest trend, the bright, stylish photographs of Madeline’s designs are accompanied by step-by-step guides. Buy this one in time for your Sunday night beauty sesh.
Make-Up Your Mind – Francois Nars ($45, narscosmetics.com)
Featuring page after page of gorgeous make-up photos, this clever book also contains clear acetate overlays over each look to show you where each product should go on the face. So. Cool. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the end result will look exactly like François Nars’ amazing work, but a girl’s got to start somewhere!
The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur – Jean-Claude Ellena ($29.95, penguin.com.au)
More of a novel than a coffee table book, this page-turner comes from one of the world’s best perfumers. In it, the passionate Frenchman shares his fragrance journey over the course of a year, including creative breakthroughs as well as more mundane days. If you’re looking for a guide to perfumes, this isn’t it, but if you’re interested in understanding the process of developing a scent, look no further!
Beauty Rules – Bobbi Brown ($26.00, bobbibrown.com.au)
A beauty bible for young women, the renowned makeup artist’s sixth book aims to help girls "look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident”. Encouraging young women to learn the beauty basics (and experiment with their look when they’re ready), it contains hundreds of photographs of real girls (hurrah) and celebrity role models. Plus, the foreword’s written by one of our greatest hair idols, Hilary Duff!
Do you have a favourite coffee table book? Will you be snapping up any of the ones mentioned above?
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