All About Makeup Books


Makeup and books, two of my favorite things. When I first started playing with makeup I bought a couple of books to learn from people who have a lot of experience with makeup. As I got better at it I bought some more books because I enjoyed reading them and learning from different perspectives. So I figured that I would make a blog post talking about the books and what they’re all about.

Let’s get started!

The Daily Face By Annamarie Tendler



The best way I can describe this book is beginner friendly. It teaches you the basics of makeup without extending it too long. What I mean by that is that this book is straight to the point. It has very simple tutorials and the thing that I like the most is that it lists the exact products that they used for the looks. The book includes daily looks, night time looks, party looks, and even some simple Halloween looks. It’s definitely for those of you who like simple makeup and just want to get some new easy ideas or some inspiration.

Makeup Manual By Bobbi Brown



This book covers absolutely everything makeup. Not only does it talk about makeup application and products, but it also talks about how to keep your skin healthy and clean. What I like the most is that at the end of the book it talks about the artistry and the makeup industry. Bobbi talks about her experience and there are many tips you can use if you want to become a MUA. I liked how she included it in the book because it was subtle yet very informative. It is a great book for beginners as well but this book does go more into detail. So if you really want to start incorporating makeup into your daily life, this is your book.

Seventeen Ultimate Guide To Beauty By Ann Shoket & The Editors of Seventeen 



This is a good book for beauty inspiration and ideas. What I enjoyed most about this book was that it also has hair and nails, not only makeup. Also, I really enjoyed how it incorporates different styles. That way you can actually match your hair, makeup, and nails to whatever style you have. This has step by step looks for different occasions as well, and I think that’s really handy. This is a good book, but if I had the chance I wouldn’t buy it again. The looks are very easy and you can look them up online on the Seventeen website, so I would do that instead of investing in the book.

Makeup Secrets By Jemma Kidd



This book is very similar to the Bobbi Brown book, but I like it a little better. It goes more into detail and it has great tips. It doesn’t just teach you how to apply makeup but it also teaches you how to solve your makeup issues. It talks a lot more about skin care. There are some great tips on what to eat to have clear healthy skin and how to take care of your skin. But it also talks a lot about makeup. There are a lot of makeup looks and the book also draws inspiration from timeless looks from famous women. This is a very informative book and if I could recommend you to buy only one of the books that I talk about in the post, it would be this one.

And that’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed and that you learned something useful. Make sure to recommend some of your favorite books for me to read, makeup or non-makeup, in the comment section.

Till next post!


  1. psychologyofmakeup

    Great post! 🙂 I’d been meaning to check out Bobbi Brown’s book, and Jemma Kidd’s sounds really detailed. I’d recommend Makeup, the Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris, and she’s published others as well.
    The books look so pretty on your stand! Xx

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  2. thevelvetmary

    Great review! But it think that all of these books are more for beginners, not for people who already know a lot about makeup but want to get more specific knowledge.

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