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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

  • £21.79
  • RRP £22.99
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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.


2. A To Z of Lipstick

  • £8.39
  • RRP £8.99
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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!


3. Lauren Conrad Beauty

  • £14.89
  • RRP £16.99
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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.

4. Vintage Beauty Parlour

  • £14.89
  • RRP £14.99
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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.


5. The Makeup of a Confident Woman

  • £15.89
  • RRP £20.00
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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.

6. Miles of MAC

  • £26.00
  • RRP £32.50
  • Save £6.50


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.


7. How to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + Tutorials

  • £8.39
  • RRP £8.99
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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.


8. Ageless Beauty

  • £4.99
  • RRP £12.99
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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.

9. Love Those Eyes

  • £9.09
  • RRP £9.99
  • Save £0.90

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.


10. The Ciate Book of Nail Styling

  • £2.99
  • RRP £9.99
  • Save £7.00

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.


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

Best makeup books for beginners

  • Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge
  • A to Z of Lipstick by Poppy King
  • Lauren Conrad Beauty by Lauren Conrad
  • Vintage Beauty Parlour by Hannah Wing
  • The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy
  • Miles of MAC by Gager
  • How to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips and Tutorials by Mackenzie Wagoner
  • Ageless Beauty by Boris Entrup
  • Love Those Eyes by Sarah Jane Ellis
  • The Ciate Book of Nail Styling