Library Card

Over the weekend I picked up Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin and Makeup, the Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris.  I had been given a copy of Francois Nars new book, Makeup Your Mind, and I’d loved it so much I went in search of more.

What is your ‘makeup book’ recommendation?


14 Responses to “Library Card”

  1. I’ve got several makeup books, and aside from loving the Kevyn Aucion books, I really loved the Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks. That NARS book is on my wish list 🙂

  2. It looks like a beautiful book! I wonder if I can find it at Brazil, just to look at it a bit 🙂

  3. I don’t have any make-up book recommendations, but I can suggest a couple to avoid that I got from the library as a make-up obsessed teenager – Vogue Makeup (awful, vague, tutorials) and the Mary Quant “Classic Make-up and Beauty” book (limited range of models)! It’s unlikely anyone working in the industry would pick either of these up but as a beginner I didn’t learn anything useful from them.

  4. I ❤ Making Faces. That book is pretty much amazing.

  5. I love “Making Faces!” I don’t really have any recommendations, but your post reminded me of a book my BFF had in high school. It was by Cindy Crawford and Sonia Kashuk, and it was full of basic makeup advice and lulzy late 90’s makeup techniques. It’s probably out of print, but I think I read through that book every time I stayed over her house 😀

  6. Well, this is off topic but. I am in Las Vegas this week, and I went to the Inglot here. It is the flagship store. The way you de-pot the Inglot square eyeshadows is to purchase one of their metal spatula tools for $10. They have a brush kit of 30 real hair brushes for $195. And, 20 pan palettes are $95. The colors are so gorgeous!! I picked up 40 colors, a brush set, and about 8 breathable nail polishes for a girlfriend. Their liners are a-mazing!! Seriously a-mazing!! I did pick up some lip products, too. But, I think the eye products are really standouts. If you guys need anything or have questions, call George at the Las Vegas store. He can ship stuff to you. And, he said they do pro discounts (not that I got one). I will be paying on this for awhile, but so worth it!

  7. I’m really lusting after the Rae Morris book but I can’t justify the $50!

  8. francesdanger May 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I love Kevyn Aucoin! face Forward, his follow up to Making Faces, is excellent as well.

  9. Jenny Whiskey May 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I have all of Kevin’s books, and they are all worth getting! I go to them for inspiration all the time, and never get tired of them. I especially like showing the pictures to my boyfriend and going…”Guess who THIS is” Even he is amazed and the transformation power of makeup.

    These two aren’t necessarily what you may be looking for, but in case anyone reading the comments is interested…

    “Curly Girl”- Lorraine Massey
    “How not to look old”- Charla Krupp

    How not to look old has some interesting info. It’s not just about beauty per say, but also includes chapters on shapewear, clothes, hair, skin care ( not a fan of theplastic surgery chapter) etc. Although, there is some biased advice in there, but overall it’s not bad. It’s clearly catered for someone who is already middle aged. I have a while to go…but it was an interesting read. I thought the author was incredibly funny too.

  10. i gotta start reading or looking for books. i never thought of that to help me out. 🙂

  11. For me, Makeup Makeovers by Robert Jones was very useful. It goes over brushes, eye shapes, etc.

  12. I adore the first Nars book. I love the AOFM (London MU school) book, Makeup is Art. Some gorgeous photography.

  13. I adore Kevyn Aucoin. I stumbled across his books in the early 90’s, at my fashionable aunt’s house. I recently purchased his books for myself (used) off of Amazon, hoping that the magic of his gifts had not aged badly since the first time I saw the books, and was delighted to see that Kevyn’s talent and his voice were just as fresh and amazing as they were back then.
    The world really lost something great when he died.

  14. Oddly enough, I haven’t read many beauty books. I’ve got to start. The last one I picked up which fits the description a little is Asian Beauty by Margaret Kimura, which was more a coffee table/photography book and had little in makeup tips.

    Thanks for the recommends. I’ll have to check out the ones you posted. 🙂