Makeup has become its own craft in the past few decades. Not only does it have a strong history behind it — shaping cultures and even being a revolutionary movement at some point — but it has also established a major role in both individuals and society as a whole. With this, we decided to let you in on major makeup secrets and stories that go beyond compacts and lipstick tubes by recommending these beauty books that are a must-read.
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge
Makeup was already big before, but it has now become colossal. In fact, it has only been more or less than a century since makeup has become an acceptable aspect of society. In one of the best beauty books of the decade, makeup artist and Lancôme creative director Lisa Eldridge brings to light the story of the significance of makeup throughout history, from Egyptian to Classical times to the elaborate industry we know today.
Art of Makeup by Lan Nguyen-Grealis
How different is doing makeup from creating a painting? To award-winning makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis, not so much. If you're fond of vivid visuals from creative legends Picasso, Warhol, and more, seeing the makeup looks in this book will be an exhilarating experience.
The Beauty Myth: How Images Of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf
The world has recently become more open when it comes to beauty standards and stereotypes. The call for inclusivity echoes through the industry and there are people rallying behind the cause. But it is worth noting that we still have a long way to go, not just as a collective but as individuals as well. This book illustrates 'the beauty myth', described as the endless search for the non-existent perfect beauty. It talks about self-consciousness and personal perceptions on various expectations on women. If you enjoy beauty books that delve deeper behind the visuals, then get this one as it is a quite insightful read if you want something a little more self-reflective.
Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez
Beauty does not have a mould, so it's quite a mystery why some people get stuck on a certain image of a perfect woman. Gabriela Hernandez perfectly showcases the representation of various beauty icons throughout the years. The book chronicles historic trends for the eyes, lips, and face, and offers in-depth commentary on the aesthetics of past decades and today.
War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry by Lindy Woodhead
You're not a certified beauty addict if you haven't heard of these two queens who significantly changed the beauty industry. This riveting biography retells the story of Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, revealing their bitter rivalry in New York as the head of dueling international beauty empires that innovated how we consume information about cosmetics, salons, and skin ageing.
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