We all know that having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card (or a cocktail, but I digress). I’m not ashamed to say that my card has tons of mileage. This week while in search of some recreational reads at my local branch, I happened upon the health and beauty section. Nestled between One Direction biographies and quilting instruction manuals was a treasure trove of beauty instruction.
I picked up the following:
Beauty Project by Lauren Conrad
True to her ever-growing brand, Conrad’s book is part beauty guide part memoir. She reminisces on her time as a heavily tanned bleach blonde TV star while imparting words of newfound wisdom. This book is written in a light narrative style with easily applicable tips. Large step-by-step diagrams and helpful tips for those with different skin types and complexions make this an ideal read for a no-fuss makeup wearer.
Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin and Hair from the Beauty Authority by Melissa Schweiger
Once you get past the mouthful of a name, you’ll encounter a book that is visually stunning. While Conrad’s book sticks with a narrative style, the Sephora guide takes the annotated approach, focusing on product images and quick tips. This book is like a no-nonsense, advice giving aunt. When discussing concealer Schweiger states “Don’t expect it to perform miracles. It’s called concealer—not disappearer.” Sephora also includes profiles from prominent beauty experts, a list of Sephora’s 100 must have products and much more. This book is ideal for the self-professed product junkie.
Beauty Rules by Bobbi Brown
This book features a foreword from one of the few teen stars who didn’t have a public quarter life crisis, Hilary Duff. Bobbi writes about her storied experience as a makeup artist and enlists commentary from celebrities and everyday women alike. The common theme Beauty Rules is less is more. Bobbi likes short manicured nails and simple balanced makeup looks. Simple tips like using lipstick as a substitute for blush in a pinch reinforce Bobbi’s position as one of the best in the business.
The Beauty of Color by Iman
With an extremely insightful foreword written by Salma Hayek, Iman’s ode to beauty for women of colour is playful and informative. This book is less about Iman’s personal narrative and more about tips for women of colour. Each page features numbered steps and diagrams to guide readers through everything from foundation application to eyebrow maintenance. The book is rounded up nicely with profiles from celebrities of colour sharing their experiences. Iman’s commitment to showcasing women of colour is much appreciated in a world where a wealth of options for women of colour weren’t always available.
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