The Best Makeup Books for Beginners and the Makeup-Obsessed

Whether you're a newbie to the joys of makeup or a cosmetic queen or king, finding some new tips and looks can always be fun. And, with books on all types of makeup, from vintage styles to contemporary looks, from advice guides to makeup histories, and with books specialising in lipstick, nail art and eye makeup, we have something for everyone. So, whether you're a beginner or makeup-obsessed, check out our best makeup books...

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1. Face Paint

Lisa Eldridge

Makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge's, stunning book details the history of makeup from its beginning long before the cosmetic industry began. She has studied the social practice of wearing makeup and presents the evolution of the way we view and use makeup as a women's history. With details including the materials that have been used and the secrets behind the icons, this fascinating book is a must for every makeup super-fan.

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2. A To Z of Lipstick

Poppy King

This fun lipstick guide from Poppy King, founder of 'Lipstick Queen', and illustrated by David Foote, answers every question you've ever had about lipstick... and then some. If you use Poppy's 'Lip Tips' you're sure to always have luscious looking lips with advice on colour and application tricks, and insights into how lipstick is made. This beautiful book is perfect as a gift for a makeup-mad friend!

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3. Lauren Conrad Beauty

Lauren Conrad

TV personality, Lauren Conrad, shares all her best beauty tips in this stunning beauty guide. With looks for everyday use and special occasions, you'll find tons of makeup inspiration to try yourself. Plus, Lauren has also shared her secrets to healthy skin and beautiful hair so you can have an all-round gorgeous look all the time in the style of a Hollywood star.

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4. Vintage Beauty Parlour

Hannah Wing

If you love the vintage look then you'll love diving into this stylish makeup and hair guide. Hannah Wing takes you through the ages, starting with the 1920s and moving up through to the 1980s, and gives you step-by-step guides so you can recreate each look easily yourself. Go back through time and discover some gorgeous looks to become your vintage dream.

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5. The Makeup of a Confident Woman

Trish McEvoy

This fantastic book aims to make all women feel beautiful through Trish McEvoy's gorgeous makeup tutorials and her words of wisdom on feeling confident. She encourages you to work on self-care and to remind yourself that feeling fabulous on the outside starts with feeling great on the inside. With over 200 illustrations and loads of beautiful tutorials and makeup tips, this book will have you feeling beautiful and confident in no time.

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6. Miles of MAC


MAC Cosmetics have been producing beautiful makeup for over 30 years and now they share 100 stunning looks for you to try that represent their time as a top makeup brand. Their inclusion of all ages, races and sexes and their edgy and unique looks have made them a huge name and with this great book you can discover their best looks yourself.

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7. How to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + Tutorials

Mackenzie Wagoner

This handy makeup book is perfect to act as an introductory guide to makeup or as a companion to beauty experts. With tips to help you use the best products, and to teach you how to quickly transform your day style into a night look, Mackenzie Wagoner gives you all the advice you need to have a gorgeous look all the time.

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8. Ageless Beauty

Boris Entrup

This beautiful book proves that you are never too old to try some gorgeous new makeup looks. Boris Entrup teaches you how to improve your skincare routine as you age and provides you with 24 step-by-step looks to try yourself. And, with a variety of styles to try, from the most glamourous styles to the most simple and minimalist, there is something for everyone in this brilliant book.

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9. Love Those Eyes

Sarah Jane Ellis

Sarah Jane Ellis introduces you to the power of eye makeup with 50 beautiful looks to try. The looks cover all occasions and Sarah Jane teaches you how to work your makeup look to suit your eye shape and complexion so you can always cater your looks to suit yourself. Whatever your style, whatever the occasion, there's an eye look for you in this stunning guide.

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10. The Ciate Book of Nail Styling

Charlotte Knight

With loads of fun looks to jazz up your own nails and to try out on your friends, this is a must-have for all fans of nail art. Packed with beautiful designs and fascinating details, including a handy FAQ section, this great guide will keep your nails looking gorgeous all the time.

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For more marvellous makeup advice, check out our range of beauty books.

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    Ever wanted to know how to re-create beautiful vintage styles? Now you can with this stylish and practical guide to vintage hair and make-up featuring iconic looks from every decade from the 1920s - 1980s. With easy-to-follow step-by-step hair and makeup techniques, as well as beautiful and inspiring photographs, this book will help you find a style for any occasion and become the envy of all your friends. Vintage Beauty Parlor will help you uncover the secret to the finer details of each look from hair, make-up, clothes, and accessories to jewelry and even perfume. Master the stylish flapper-girl curls and cupid's bow lips of the 1920s; the sassy victory rolls of the 1940s; the perfect 1950s quiff, the glamorous glitter of the 1970s, and the edgy punk styles of the 1980s. Vintage Beauty Parlor has everything you need to become a vintage style icon.
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    Whether she's in front of the camera or behind the scenes, style icon Lauren Conrad has spent years learning from the pros and perfecting her look, and now she's sharing all her beauty secrets. In her first guide dedicated exclusively to beauty, Lauren covers everything you need to know to maximize your own beauty potential. From tips for creating a strong foundation and maintaining healthy skin and hair through diet, exercise, and all-around wellness to everyday makeup techniques and tricks of the trade for special-occasion looks, "Lauren Conrad Beauty" provides the advice her fans have been waiting for. With new, never-before-seen full-color photos of Lauren as she takes readers through the steps to look and feel gorgeous, this is the perfect book for all of Lauren's many fans and for any girl or woman looking for pointers from one of Hollywood's most relatable yet glamorous stars.
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    From Poppy King, founder of the premier cosmetics brand "Lipstick Queen," comes the perfect guide to lipstick for every woman, from the savvy makeup aficionado to the lippie novice. Beautifully illustrated, The A to Z of Lipstick has everything you've ever wanted to know about lipstick in a charming, fun-to-flip-through package. Full of Poppy's best "Lip Tips," this gorgeous gift book will give you the low-down on everything from colour choice and application tricks, to lipstick trends through the ages and how lipstick is made. Here is the classic and classy guide that every sophisticated makeup wearer needs. The Lipstick Queen has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, and many more for her insight into the best and most glamorous lip styles. Pocket-sized and as bright and bold as a well-lipsticked smile, The A to Z of Lipstick is a great gift for new lip product dabblers and lifelong lipstick lovers alike.
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    Make-up, 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. Lisa Eldridge, one of the world's foremost make-up artists--with a very large and loyal public following of her own--has written the first real history of the subject. Face Paint will explore the reasons behind make-up's use, the actual materials employed and manufactured through the ages, the icons that people emulate and how they achieved their effects, the impact on women's lives and the present and future of make-up from high profile practitioners artists to cosmetic breakthroughs. Along with the glamorous trappings, this is also about women's history and the ways in which we can understand their story through the prism of make-up.
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    Let beauty expert Charlotte Knight help you look after your nails and achieve stunning results with this fantastic book.

    From high-end to the high street, this book will take you through all the basics and essential prep work needed to deliver incredible looks - including stripes, spots and Ciate's famous caviar look.

    With different shapes, golden rules for the perfect paint job and an FAQ section, The Ciate Book of Nail Styling is a must-have for anyone who wants their nails to look spectacular.
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    Ageless Beauty is a book that explains how you're never too old to learn new tricks. It will encourage you to try out a whole new style, whatever your age.

    It provides tips on working with the changes in your skin and reveals how to celebrate your features with an inspiring collection of glamorous, elegant and downright fabulous looks.

    From minimalist look to a bold rock-star chic style, there's something for everyone. With this book, you can learn how to pamper your body, style your hair and boost your confidence.
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    Internationally recognized makeup artist and trailblazing entrepreneur Trish McEvoy reveals her revolutionary, proven system that teaches women everywhere at any age to achieve total beauty security and confidence in this inspirational full-color playbook that is part empowering manifesto, part comprehensive how-to guide. Thousands of women, both celebrities and private clients alike, have turned to Trish McEvoy's proprietary system for applying makeup, and looking-and feeling-transformed. Now, millions of women will have the opportunity to access her secret method in one complete, gorgeous book that goes beyond the basic step-by-step makeup lessons. Trish understands the power of beauty security. A woman with a positive self-image, can-do attitude, and sense of grace and calm will get what she wants out of life, and then some. But it's not so easy to cultivate these qualities. Trish has a simple, 4-part solution. And it surprisingly starts with leveraging just a few minutes a day in a unique way. Even the most time-starved woman can do this, with lasting results. Compiling all of her best wisdom, Trish begins with a passionate and persuasive argument that makes clear the importance of self-care, then offers specific strategies to transform yourself from the outside in. Infused with Trish's trademark charisma, this motivational, must-have resource is filled with highly practical takeaways and tutorials that will equip you with the tools to face life at your most beautiful and self-assured. The Makeup of a Confident Woman includes over 200 full-color illustrations.
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    M*A*C Cosmetics, a pioneer in professional makeup, presents one hundred looks that epitomize the span of their thirty years as the leaders in high-fashion makeup. Since its founding in 1984 by the Canadians Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo, M*A*C Cosmetics has revolutionized the role of makeup and become a leader of avant-garde and edgy looks both on and off the runway. Their motto-all ages, all races, all sexes-and unique advertising campaigns featuring RuPaul, Catherine Deneuve, Lady Gaga, and even Hello Kitty have helped to inspire experimentation and fearlessness with makeup in the modern woman (and man, too). Blending fashion, beauty, and culture with an unapologetic approach to individuality and self-expression, M*A*C has reached an unprecedented level of worldwide appeal and accessibility. As the ultimate colour authority with an unrivalled spectrum of shades, M*A*C allows for full creative expression through makeup without judgement. With striking images of some of the best and most inspiring M*A*C looks to date, this stunning book celebrates M*A*C with over 200 colour photographs and gives readers the opportunity to delve into the colourful and surreal world that makes M*A*C one of the most highly sought-after cosmetics brands in the world.
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    From applying a sultry smoky cat-eye to a flawless red lip, How to Wear Makeup is an essential guide to perfecting any beauty routine. Here is advice on the best products to include in a makeup bag, tips for seasonal skincare tips and the best techniques for transitioning looks from day to night--a must-have for anyone seeking fresh and simple ways to wear makeup. Covering everything from foundation and contouring basics, eyeshadow and eyeliner tutorials, finding the best shade of lipstick for any occasion and tips for eyebrow shaping, How to Wear Makeup is the perfect pocket reference, gift wrapped in an irresistible package.
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    In Love Those Eyes, Sarah Ellis and Elisa Mazzone bring you 50 gorgeous eye-makeup recipes. These mouth-watering ideas will delight all the more when you apply them to your own eyes. As with any great recipe collection you are inspired to adjust and re-balance the elements to suit your own eye shape, complexion or mood. Featuring light looks to warm your day, cool powerful looks to say you mean business, carefree looks for out and about, dramatic looks for turning those heads. And when you need to party? Look no further - you will rock it! Complete all looks with your favourite mascara or lashes for the perfect finish. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It will be.