Five Fabulous Beauty Books – Current Reading List

My current reading list features five new sparkly beauty book releases. While I concede the Kate Bush tome is not technically a ‘beauty’ book, it might as well be for all the gorgeous photos of La Bush rocking big hair and sultry 80’s eye make-up. She’s one of my all time beauty idols for sure!

Top 5 beauty books 2016

I adore books with lavish photos and illustrations. I also collect books about the social history of make-up and style, so I’ve spent ages pouring over these jewels already. I’ll offer a brief synopsis of each of book here, and I have a review of ‘Easy on the Eyes’ coming soon. But if you’d like a detailed look at anything else here just let me know in the comments!

How to be Parisian where ever you you are, by Caroline de Maigret & Friends. A tongue in cheek guide to Parisian attitude and chic from high flying french women entrepreneurs from the worlds of fashion, film, media and business. I love the illustrations, photos, layout, and insouciant tone of this book. Some, ahem, interesting advice offered here. Fun for imagining yourself as a heroine in an arty French film.

Perfume a Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom
As the title suggests this book covers the history of perfumes of the 20th century. Tackling it’s topic one decade at a time, Ostrom (aka Odette Toilette) chooses ten fragrances that best exemplify the trend for that decade. Fun for dipping into as you get a stand alone essay for each scent, and a great complimentary read to Eldridge’s Face Paint (below). My pet gripe is that I wish sometimes there was more description of the actual perfume smells, as well as the people who wore them.

Easy on the Eyes by Lisa Potter-Dixon
A make-up tutorial book from Benefit’s head Make-up and Trend Artist. Attractively presented featuring a tonne of product placement opportunities for Benefit cosmetics. Easy on the Eyes presents itself as a make-up book for novices, with achievable looks ranging in complexity for 5, 15 and 30 minute applications. I have lots more to say about it in my review.

Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge
Surprisingly, make-up Artist to the stars Lisa Eldridge’s hotly anticipated first book is not a ‘how-to’ book but a comprehensive history of make-up through the ages.  If you’ve read about 20th century make-up before some of this won’t be news to you, but regardless this book is a must have. Beautifully illustrated with make-up product pics, high-fashion looks, historical images and adverts, this is one beauty book you will treasure forever.

Kate-Inside the Rainbow by John Carder Bush
Written and produced by Kate’s older brother and life-long photographer John, this gorgeous tome features hundreds of behind the scenes and never before seen photographs of Kate Bush, as well as some of her more well known cover images like Hounds of Love. This book features an out-take shot from ‘Hounds on the cover. This really is a must have for any Kate Bush fan in love with the lady as much as her music. The photos from her adolescence until mid the 1980’s are especially gorgeous.

I’ve multiple reading lists on the go now. I’m still working on this list from before xmas, and I have a few e-books gems that I can’t wait to tell you about too.  I best get back reading. If you have any beauty book recommendations let me know in the comments!



  1. These are awesome suggestions! I’ll have to try out a few. PS isn’t alien a beautiful scent?!
    Thanks for sharing xx


    1. Thanks Celina! And yes Alien is awesome, this one is actually a slight variation . It’s Alien Le Cuir, where the scent of leather is added, and I have to say I think this is my favourite! x

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      1. Oh my goodness I didn’t even know it had existed! I’ll have to see if I can find it! Thank you!

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  2. The Stylish Starlet · · Reply

    I really want to read Lisa’s face paint, it’s on my reading Wishlist 😀

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    1. Face Paint is a lovely book, well worth having. I hope her next book will be a ‘how to’ though 😉

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      1. The Stylish Starlet · ·

        Me too fingers crossed 😀😀


  3. Ooooh, that perfume book sounds great! (Especially since lately I not only do use my herbs as incenses but am trying to teach myself about oils a bit)


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