If your skincare routine could do with a bit (or a lot) of an overhaul, where better to go than to the professionals?
For the tips and tricks of the beauty industry, we’ve sought out some of the best reads to not only enlighten you with all things beauty, but thanks to exciting and fresh illustrations make lovely coffee table accents too.
Whether you’re wanting to brush up on your makeup skills, or inspire yourself with trends from ancient skincare methods, there’s a book for every beauty enthusiast.
Some of the top performers in this field come from the likes of Funmi Fetto, who’s beauty bible, Palette is a must-have for women of colour that are often underrepresented in the beauty industry. Korean beauty brand Soko Glam’s co – founder, Charlotte Cho’s skincare book is also hugely popular; giving us all the dewy and glass skin feels.
Ready to transform your skincare routine? We’ve found 10 of the bet beauty reads worth getting stuck into now.
10 best beauty books to transform your skincare routine
1. Palette: The Must-Have Beauty Bible for Women of Colour – Funmi Fetto
Bridging the fairly huge gap of underrepresentation for women of colour in the beauty industry, this complete beauty bible from Funmi Fetto should be a go to all things hair, skincare, makeup and body products.
In an inviting and conversational tone, this guide outlines the products that actually work, why they’re great for your skin and how to incorporate them into your everyday regime. Inclusive, relevant and gorgeous design worthy of your best coffee table reads.
Price: £18.37, Amazon – buy here now
If you’re in the the know, or would like to get more in the know on Korean beauty trends, we’d suggest this handbook from co founder of Soko Glam, Charlottle Cho.
The Little book of Skin Care dishes all of the secrets for healthy and naturally glowing skin, yes the effortless glass skin kind. The author guides you through the renowned 10-step beauty routine, outlining everything from oil cleansing to facial essences, in an easy to follow and informative way.
Price: £13.22, Amazon – buy here now
3. Back Chat Beauty: The Beauty Guide for Real Life – Sophie Beresiner and Lisa Potter-Dixon
Back Chat Beauty is a great read for anyone wanting the secrets to perfect skin, with tips tricks and even ‘saviour kits’ for period and breakup skin – quite frankly, we’re listening.
Former beauty and style director of ELLE magazine Sophie Beresiner, teams up with makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon, in this comprehensive guide covering everything from beauty sleep recommendations to makeup and skin care knowledge and advice.
Price: £11.99, WHSmith – buy here now
4. An Atlas of Natural Beauty Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty – Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac
An ode to the ‘golden ages’ of Parisian trends and French apothecary, this book explores the traditional and modern uses and beauty benefits of all things organic.
This natural guide to beauty looks at a range of botanicals and extracts, herbs, exotic fruits and oils to help you achieve a youthful glow.
Price: £17.99, Blackwells – buy here now
5. Fresh Face: Simple Routines For Beautiful Glowing Skin, Every Day – Mandi Nyambi
Mandi Nyambi’s Fresh Face has a simple and easy to navigate approach to beauty, so non of the boring over-technical terms or paragraphs to make you yawn.
Colourful and bold illustrations teamed with a friendly, chit-chatty tone you can incorporate into your everyday life, give you all of the ‘gossiping with your bff’ vibes.
Price: £11.99, Anthropologie – buy here now
6. Glow from Within – Joanna Vargas
Aesthetician to the stars Joana Vargas is an expert in the field of great looking skin, you know, like red carpet good skin? We did say leave it to the professionals.
She digs deep in this guide to glow, outlining the basis of great skin lies in an even better skincare routine.
The book does get a little technical, so you’ll find out exactly what all of those words on your skincare labels are. For those who’d like a deeper understanding of what you’re using on your skin and why, this is a good place to start.
Price: £20, Waterstones – buy here now
7. Pretty Iconic – Sali Hughes
Pretty Iconic is a good choice for anyone looking to weed out the good products from the fake – whether it’s makeup wipes, lipstick or eye cream.
Sali Hughes explores over 200 of the most iconic brands and products from the past, present and coming in the future. In this book you’ll find out which products are best for your skin type and which products are breaking the moulds and changing the way we practice skincare.
Price: £16.52, Blackwells – buy here now
It’s an older read, but a classic that really paved the way for inclusivity in the beauty industries.
Supermodel Iman’s, The Beauty of Color explores skincare, makeup and all things beauty for women across the globe, celebrating ethnicities in their entirety.
Included in the book are various celebrity features, again representing women from various backgrounds including Serena Williams, Padma Lakshmi and Kimora Lee Simmons.
Price: £17.34, Amazon – buy here now
9. Skin Food: Skin & Hair Care Recipes From Nature – Sophie Thompson
It’s no secret that we are what we eat, if we want good hair and great skin – it really starts with what we’re ingesting and putting onto our skin.
The book includes 70 nourishing recipes, that allow you to make some edible, but mostly luxurious skincare products such as potato and green tea eye masks and brown sugar and vanilla lip scrubs.
Price: £9.56, Amazon – buy here now
10. Face Paint The Story of Makeup – Lisa Eldridge
The bold cover of this beauty guide by Lisa Eldridge is stunning coffee table material, but even better as a comprehensive guide for all things makeup.
Delve into the history of makeup, as far back as the ancient Egyptian era, to the more modern Hollywood styles of glamour. This book is much more than surface level, it even digs deeper by discussing makeup as social symbolism and the evolution on of its practices.
Price: £16.69, Blackwells – buy here now
Looking for some natural products to add to your beauty regime? Check out the best organic skincare products worth trying out for 2020.