Quick Question: What's Your Favorite Beauty Book?

Should we start a beauty book club? Are book clubs still a thing?
Publish date:
June 17, 2013
Quick Question, makeup, skin, books, nails, Kevyn Aucoin, Phoebe Baker Hyde

I don't read nearly as much as I should. I guess because I spend so much time writing and editing, sometimes I just need to give my brain a break from computing letters.

When I do read, it's rarely books about beauty--again, the oversaturation thing. I'm currently in the middle of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. I had borrowed my friend Colleen's copy of The Portable Dorothy Parker to read next, but while I was at work a couple weeks ago, one of my dogs (which one, I do not know) knocked over the table it was on, and then one of my dogs (which one, I do not know) peed on it. Oops.

That doesn't mean there aren't great beauty books out there. I doubt I'd be a beauty editor if I hadn't spent hours poring over the late, great Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces and Face Forward when I was younger. Packed with more photos than words, they're like coffee-table tutorials; enrapturing and educational at the same time. When you're not picking up priceless tips about countouring, you're gawking at the celebrities he's turned into other celebrities.

I recently received The Beauty Experiment, a journal-like telling of Phoebe Baker Hyde's experience going without makeup, styling products, etc. for a year.

Although seeing the words "learned to love the real me" right on the cover made me roll my eyes (raise your hand if you're still the real you even while wearing makeup), it seems like an interesting enough story to add to my reading queue. Unless, of course, one of my dogs pees on it first.

Today's Quick Question: What's your favorite beauty book?