It’s not as easy shopping for a beauty-holic as it may seem. As the holidays come around, I have to remind friends and family NOT to buy me makeup, since I’m picky about my collection that’s already overflowing into Adam’s side of the cabinet (who am I kidding… he doesn’t even have a side of the cabinet anymore).
If you’re shopping for someone obsessed with beauty this holiday season, but don’t want to risk your present getting returned or want to put a little extra thought into it, consider any of the beauty books in this holiday gift guide.
Even though we’re inundated with a ton of beauty resources online, there’s something special about curling up with a good read, and many of beauty’s top icons have published books including their beauty tips and secrets that any beauty lover would love to learn.
1. Beauty by Lauren Conrad
From Laguna Beach girl-next-door to beauty and style icon, Lauren Conrad has perfected her signature, classic look. In this guide, she shares all of her favorite beauty tips from makeup application to skincare, as well as diet, exercise and overall wellness to look and feel great inside and out.
2. Timeless Beauty by Christie Brinkley
It’s pretty obvious that Christie Brinkley has discovered the fountain of youth, considering she’s surpassed the 60-year-old mark yet still looks about 35. In Timeless Beauty, Brinkley shares her supermodel skincare, exercise, and diet regimens that have helped her maintain her youth. It includes fitness plans, makeup tips, fashion advice plus personal stories of her A-list life.
3. Your Beauty Mark by Dita Von Teese
If you have a friend who swears she was born in the wrong century, this is for her. Dita Von Teese is bringing back the pin-up look unapologetically. Her book is jam-packed with her personal beauty and health regimens, on top of tutorials to master bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks. She also shows you how to create your own beauty mark, embracing and enhancing your natural beauty.
4. The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho
Korean beauty brands are quickly gaining momentum here in the US because… let’s face it… they have freaking amazing skin. In Korea, healthy, clear and glowing skin is their ideal form of beauty across all genders, and they pride themselves in their extensive skin care knowledge and regimens. Since no-makeup makeup has been having a moment, healthy skin is more important than ever. Charlotte Cho, esthetician and founder of Soko Glam, teaches you the 10-step Korean skin care routine while sharing other tips, tutorials and what to look for in products to get your best skin ever.
5. The Green Beauty Rules by Paige Padgett
For the friend who’s eco-conscious, or at least trying to be, pick up Paige Padgett’s book all about giving your beauty routine a green makeover! Learn what to buy, what to toss, and how to read labels to make sure you’re doing right by our environment while indulging in your love for beauty. With insider secrets about the modern beauty industry, you might just find inspiration for an entirely new makeup collection.
6. Make Up by Michelle Phan
The queen bee of the online beauty space, Michelle Phan collects all of her best advice in this beautiful book. This guide not only covers all of the basics for those just starting out with makeup, but also guidance on how to turn your passion into a business for those inspired by Michelle’s entrepreneurship. As everyones designated “big sister” when it comes to beauty advice, you’ll learn a lot about some of Michelle’s favorite looks from her casual and personal point of view.
7. Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown
Last, but certainly not least, is the bible of beauty books. Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual is hailed by all professional makeup artists as a comprehensive guide to all the techniques you must know about products and application. Breaking down every detail of makeup across face shapes and skin tones, this book is perfect for anyone who’s looking to really master the art of makeup, or perhaps turn it into a career.
Beauty lovers: what’s your favorite beauty book?
I don’t own any beauty books. I want Lisa Eldridge’s “Face Paint: The Story of Makeup.” The Dita von Tease might be a good one, too.