Beauty Books – Bobbi Brown & Lisa Eldridge


You may have noticed in a couple of my photo backgrounds, two beauty books on my shelf – Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge and The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. They appear in a lot of my beauty photos which appear on my blog, so I thought it was only right to bring them into the spot light and share my thoughts on both of these.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 



I got this about three or four years ago and it was the first book which started my beauty book collection. This book is great and will tell you everything you possibly need to know about makeup if you a beginner right through to pro! Every aspect of makeup is broken down into chapters – Equipment, Skin, Face, Lips and Eyes and then goes into more details in other chapters if you are a makeup artist. Bobbi Brown impressively covers makeup for all sorts of different occasions and ages too such as; makeup for teens, ageless beauty and even makeup during pregnancy – which personally I’ve never seen being covered anywhere else!

For me, this isn’t a book which I picked up and read cover to cover. It’s more of a book that I’ve picked up to dip into different sections when I’m struggling which my makeup, my skin or looking for some inspiration. More recently I have also used this a teaching tool as I’ve been asked to do friends’ makeup for photos or for a special occasion so I’ve been reading up on tips to give the best finish in front of the camera. There is also a chapter on Bridal makeup too, which is coming in handy when I’ve been planning what to do with my makeup for my big day next year 🙂

Definitely a book I would recommend if you are into makeup and interested in improving your skills. It’s great to keep on your book shelf ready to use when you might need it.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge 


This is my favourite of the two books and since receiving this as a gift last Christmas, I still pick this book up on a regular occasion and dive into a new section/part of makeup history. Rather than being like a manual giving you makeup tips, like the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, this is a history lesson about my all time favourite subject – makeup! This book is broken down into two sections – The Ancient Palette which talks more about the history of makeup dating back thousands of years ago, and the second section is The Business of Beauty where Lisa talks about beauty and the media, beauty pioneers and future of makeup.

First of all, I need to just bow at Lisa Eldridge’s feet because this book must of taken so much hard work. The history details she goes into is amazing and it makes for a really fascinating read. Even just to flicked through the pages, the photography is exquisite and makes for a beautiful coffee table book. One of my favourite section of the book which is the makeup muses where Lisa takes a makeup icon and talks about their makeup and how that person influenced the world of beauty. My favourite makeup muses is of Audrey Hepburn as she has always been an icon of mine, so it was really nice to learn a little bit more behind her look.

If you love makeup, you need to have this book in your life. Likewise, if you have a friend or family member who is into their makeup, this book is perfect for a gift for a birthday or for Christmas.

What are your favourite beauty books?

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