Other than lipglosses, eyeshadows, powders, brushes and pretty much ALL makeup, another thing I like to collect are beautiful makeup books. There is always a never-ending supply of inspiring images and tricks of the trade by individual beauty pros. Sipping on a cup of tea and flipping through those glossy pages is a guilty pleasure I indulge in quite frequently.
Sometimes as a makeup artist you get immersed in the hustle and bustle of your job and forget to stop and check out what others are doing in your field. Sharing and inspiring one another keeps you on top of your game and helps you educate yourself in new or different techniques in the makeup world.
Here are a few of my favourite reads:
Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, (1999)
This late makeup genius was a visionary in the makeup world. Despite being published over ten years ago, these pages are filled with transformations that STILL blow my mind. This book is a staple for any makeup lovers collection.
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown, (2008)
An amazing manual for all levels of makeup application. Has a fabulous breakdown of how to create a flawless complexion and even a section on how to break into the ‘biz’.
The Beauty of Color by Iman, (2006)
This book is a celebration of women of colour. The photography is gorgeous and features a great selection of looks on celebrities and real women. Makes a fantastic coffee table book!
Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris, (2008)
This book by one of Australia’s top makeup artists features gorgeous step-by-step guides to create luxuriously high fashion looks. The photography is done by noted fashion photographer, Steven Chee and is nothing short of a visual dream.
Makeup Masterclass by Jemma Kidd, (2009)
Jemma Kidd has created a stunning book that is a joy to read and be inspired. I love how she breaks down high fashion makeup looks for everyday wear. Filled with tips, tricks and step-by-step techniques, you can tell why so many aspiring makeup artists are choosing Jemma’s popular London school for their training.
About Face by Scott Barnes, (2010)
Scott Barnes is a celebrity makeup artist with a fabulous technique to creating a gorgeous face. In this book he breaks down his transformations on real women and the results are breathtaking. I absolutely love his approach to highlighting and contouring. Definitely a must read!