There’s nothing I like better than to close the laptop, curl myself up in a ball on the sofa, sip on a hot chocolate and read a great book… especially if it’s teaching me top tips on how to look and feel as yummy as I can be! *yippee* There’s something so cosy about these chilly winter evenings that make it the perfect opportunity to lock the doors, close the curtains and settle down in front of a roaring fire to catch up on some must-read beauty gossip. So for the little bookworms amongst us I’ve whittled down 10 awesome beauty books that will have you page-turning at every opportunity…
Dita Von Teese: Your Beauty Mark
From burlesque show to fashion runway, magazine cover to Internet video, style icon and “burlesque superheroine” (Vanity Fair) Dita Von Teese has undergone more strokes of red lipstick, bursts of hair spray, boxes of blue-black hair dye, and pats of powder in a month than a drag queen could dream of in a lifetime. Whether she’s dazzling audiences while swirling in a towering martini glass in Swarovski-crystal-covered pasties and stilettos or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this self-styled star, beauty is an art.
Now, for the first time in her Technicolor career, Dita divulges the beauty wisdom that keeps her on international best-dressed lists and high-profile fashion show rosters. In Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita and collaborator Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes her confidantes—masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise, as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties—for authoritative advice. Packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skin care and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks and more, this inspiring resource shares the skills, history, and lessons you need to enhance your individual gifts and realize your own beauty mark.
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Lisa Potter Dixon: Easy On The Eyes
Starting with the basics, Lisa teaches you how to prep, prime and perfect your base before transforming your look with shadows, liner and all thats in between. She helps you to create the perfect brows to frame the eyes following step-by-step photographs. Whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful or elegant and sophisticated look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your eyes, with hints and tips to suit all eye shapes, colours and styles.
As well as discovering how to do the perfect smokey eye, a classic flick and graphic liner looks, Lisa shows you how to achieve that 1920s chic, dazzle with glitter and make the most of colour, proving that it really is the eyes that have it. While features on make-up bag essentials, what to use when you’re caught short, how to take your make-up look from desk to dance floor and a behind-the-scenes look at the London Fashion Week Matthew Williamson show.
Each look can be completed in 5, 15 or 30 minutes, so no matter what your style, how much time you have to get ready, or what equipment you have to hand, you can go from now to WOW! in no time.
Lisa Eldridge: Facepaint The Story of Makeup
Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form, 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. Face Paint explores the practical and idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use, the actual materials employed over generations, and the glamorous icons that people emulate and how they achieved their effects. An engaging history of style, it is also a social history of women and the ways in which we can understand their lives through the prism and impact of makeup.
Academy of Freelance Makeup: Makeup Is Art
Years of professional makeup styling is distilled into a gorgeous yet practical book on the art of makeup from one of the world’s best beauty-training institutes, the Academy of Freelance Makeup. In this updated second edition of the book, the team of top industry professionals offer additional expert advice, tips, insider secrets and instructions for specialist techniques for the novice or professional makeup artist. From creating period looks to using glitter and crystals to body-art and airbrushing techniques, the book is inspirational and informative.
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual
Bobbi Brown’s twenty-five-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup – from how to find the right colour and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (brows, eyeliner, eye shadow and eyelashes) no matter the eye colour and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick and more. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on head-to-toe beauty and the science of skin.
Michelle Phan Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off
Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her. Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.
Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.
Karen Gilbert: Natural Beauty
Packed with pampering recipes to create your own beauty essentials for face, body, and hair. Most of us use a huge variety of beauty products on our skin and hair every day – from shower gel and shampoo to moisturizer and hand cream – but the majority of these products contain a variety of chemicals. In Natural Beauty, natural skincare and fragrance expert Karen Gilbert shows you how to make your own lotions and potions at home, using readily available, natural ingredients and easy-to-follow methods. For the face, there are moisturizers, masks and cleansers; for the body choose from scrubs and shower gels, soaps and body lotions. And when you need some extra-special pampering, try the recipes for lip balms, massage bars, bath oils and eye gels. So try your hand at making a neroli hydrating spritz or a macadamia and jojoba moisturizer, a mango and lime body butter or lemon and tea tree foot balm, bergamot and grapefruit wake-up wash or cocoa butter lip balm – the hardest part is choosing which of the pampering projects to try first! Each recipe has clear step-by-step photographs to guide you, and there are numerous variations to try.
Fleur De Force: The Glam Guide
Fleur De Force started making YouTube videos in 2009 out of a passion for everything beauty and fashion related. What began as a fun hobby quickly turned into something much bigger, and she’s spent the past five years seeking out the best products, top tips and easiest ways for us all to look and feel more fabulous. In The Glam Guide she shares all of her secrets and discoveries so whether you’re looking for makeup tips, wardrobe cheats, first-date pointers or healthy lifestyle motivation, this is the book for you.
Esme Floyd: 1001 Little Beauty Miracles, Secrets and Solutions from Head to Toe
These top-to-toe tips will help you make small changes to your beauty regime that reap big benefits, both in the way you look and how you feel. With direct remedies for beauty problems as well as advice on everything from getting perfectly groomed nails to battling cellulite, “1001 Little Beauty Miracles” offers short, simple ways to improve and maintain your natural good looks. Impress your friends with your knowledge of sensationally simple ways to get gorgeous fast. Even if you are an ungroomed, nail-biting, hair-yanking, exercise phobic, these corner-cutting ideas will set you on the path to looking your finest with the minimum of fuss.
Jemma Kidd: Make-up Master Class
Millions of women throughout the world wear make-up, but few of them have been taught how to apply it.’ This is what inspired leading international make-up artist Jemma Kidd’s vision for her make-up school, product line and this book –which aims to teach a new generation of women how to use the latest and best formulations and technique. Jemma Kidd Make-up is a glamorous, contemporary and yet timeless make-up book that demystifies the art of make-up and shows every woman how to enhance her best features and feel confident in her appearance, whatever her age or lifestyle. Lavishly photographed and designed, it offers expert advice in an accessible and digestible way: informative text is broken down into bite-size chunks, with quotes, top tips, insider secrets and practical step-by-step instructions. With more than ten years’ experience of working in the beauty industry, Jemma shares her professional know-how and explains her fail-safe techniques for maximizing natural beauty. While sharing insights into her life as a make-up artist, with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation that goes on before a catwalk show or a magazine shoot, Jemma explains how she works with the latest fashion trends to creates new looks and colour schemes, and shows how these sometimes extreme looks can be adapted and toned down for everyday wear. With this ebook edition of Jemma Kidd Make-Up, you can approach the day feeling good and looking great, whatever it might hold.
Well hopefully that little lot should keep you busy for the next few weeks!
What great books have you been burying your head in recently? Have you read any of the above? Do let me know in the comments below, we love a good book chatter here on Confetti & Curves!
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