As if we need another excuse to spend our Friday reading our favourite beauty books.

Whether you’re an avid reader or someone who flicks through one every now and again, a good beauty book is something you can’t pass up on. You can delve in and learn about all things beauty, skincare and everything else in-between, or you can simply have it on hand to use when you need to. They come with tips, memoirs and stories that might be specific to certain aspects or issues and they cover just about every These are our favourite beauty books that you need to take advantage of on National Read a Book Day 2020.

skinCARE: The ultimate no-nonsense guide by Caroline Hirons

Straight-talking advice from the ultimate Skincare Queen. Caroline Hirons is the authority in skincare and she’s sharing her knowledge with the world for the very first time. With over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos, she cuts out the jargon, skips on the frilly bits, tells you want you do and don’t need, and is finally going to get the nation off face wipes for good! Skincare is the go-to book for people of all ages and skin types who want to feel and look fantastic. It explains the facts, the myths and the best way to get good skin – on any budget. With everything from Caroline’s signature cheat sheets, simple tips and tricks to glow (inside and out!) understanding ingredients lists, and advice on how to choose the products that are right for you, this is the ultimate guide to healthier, brighter skin.

Palette by Funmi Fetto

The idea for Palette came to Vogue Contributing Beauty Editor Funmi Fetto after years of being asked by friends, family and strangers on the street for advice on products suitable for women of colour, who often find themselves excluded from mainstream beauty coverage. Following on from her career in journalism where she has extended the beauty conversation in publications such as the Observer – for whom she writes a weekly column – and written in an honest, elegant and engaging style, Fetto covers all the hair, skincare, makeup and body products available today which really work for women of colour.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

Beauty books. Exquisite coffee-table affairs featuring improbably beautiful models with wholly-unachievable-to-most women looks, product review-heavy volumes which become almost instantly outdated, or tracts of holistic mumbo jumbo, like how to make an unproven face pack from organic molasses and rough-hewn porridge oats. Not anymore. In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.

Nourish your hair and skin with recipes to bring out the very best in you, inside and out. Enjoy healthy recipes for breakfast, filling main meals, juices, smoothies and even delicious desserts and decadent cocktails – all carefully chosen to bring you the perfect blend of natural superfoods that boost beauty from the inside. Beauty Food also includes a Beautypedia, telling you which ingredients contain just the right oils, minerals, vitamins and acids to help with common beauty ailments.

Over 200 iconic products that are among the best and most influential in the beauty world – past, present and future. Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives. Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz and who they might be best suited for, in Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty – from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today. Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, Pretty Iconic is a treasure trove of knowledge from Britain’s most trusted beauty writer.

We all know that taking good care of our skin is the key to any effective health and beauty regime. But with so much conflicting information out there, the path to healthy skin can seem far from clear. Dr Anjali Mahto is one of the UK’s leading consultant dermatologists. Equipped with years of expertise and the most up-to-date evidence, she sets out to cut through the noise and distinguish the nuggets from the nonsense. Chia seeds won’t make your skin glow and lilac water is never going to reduce acne scarring. And, when it comes to the best products, high price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality. Tackling common complaints such as acne and dryness, rosacea and aging, The Skincare Bible is your definitive companion to your body’s biggest organ. Clear, concise and packed full of tips on the best products and routines, it will help you discover what works for you and find confidence in your own skin. This is your expert guide to great skin – pure and simple.

Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin’s lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez’s stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she’s ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.

This is the ultimate no-nonsense manual to daily Korean beauty care; in it you will find step-by-step morning and evening skincare routines, the best product advice and actionable tips on how to take care of your complexion. In this handbook, the experts in Korean cosmetics will also teach you how to use everyday beauty products, describe the natural ingredients that will best suit your skin type and give you advice on tried-and-tested Korean skincare regimes to make your skin glow. The Korean Skincare Bible will help you to feel truly confident in your own skin.

Let us know what your favourite books are, bonus points if they’re beauty books! We always love to know what you’re reading.

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Updated: 02/09/2020