With so many makeup books available it is hard to know which ones are going to be worth buying. When you shop online you can’t skim through the pages and decide whether or not the book is for you. Makeup reference books are something I like to keep in my studio to flick through to seek inspiration. I believe that you can learn something from everyone but this is my list of the most inspirational makeup books that every artist needs to read.
1 – Art & Makeup by Lan Nguyen-Grealis
Lan Nguyen-Grealis has become a household name after appearing on the UK show Glow Up. Her style is daring and the looks she creates are breathtaking, living artworks. One of the only makeup books I have found that lists the exact products used in each look. There is a full break down of techniques used in the book at the back with step by step photos. Whether you are starting out or a product junkie, this book is stimulating and will have you gagging to turn each page. I will forever be in shock and awe over Lan’s use of colour, non-conventional shapes and textures. Lan’s confidence in herself as an artist means she is generous with her knowledge. Lap it up, devour it.