7 Must-Read Makeup Books for Aspiring Artists
The best makeup artists never stop learning. If makeup is your passion and you want to refine your art, books are a great resource. You will learn about advanced techniques, color palettes, and even the history of makeup and how it entered the modern world.
So if you can’t get enough makeup, pick up one of these best-selling makeup-inspired books, pour yourself a cup of tea (or glass of wine), kick up your feet, and get started.
1. Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself by François Nars
For starters, the visuals in this book will draw you in and inspire you to see how far you can take your artistry. There are many unique makeup looks and styles. Makeup Your Mind is designed for aspiring makeup artists who are already familiar with using brushes and palettes.
Another beautiful feature of this book is the variety of models. There are women represented from Asian, Latin, Middle Eastern, and African backgrounds from all age groups.
2. Makeup Makeover by Robert Jones
If you’re ready to take your makeup skills to the next level, this sophisticated step-by-step approach to makeovers will take you there. Rather than making your client’s face look artificial, Jones teaches you how to capitalize on each woman’s natural beauty. The included before and after pictures prove his technique works!
3. Color Theory for Makeup Artists by Katie Middleton
A grasp of basic color theory is essential for any aspiring or professional makeup artist. This book will help you train your eye to distinguish colors when applying makeup to any skin tone.
You’ll also learn about mixing skin tones with primary colors, understanding skin color, and undertones, and identifying which lip, eye, and cheek colors will flatter your clients.
The Makeup Artist Handbook helps you learn skills and techniques for working with the pros and tips about set etiquette when you land that high-end job.
4. The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin
Kevyn Aucoin defined the look of the ‘90s. In his book, he’s created a collection of star-studded portraits and beauty tips that will stand the test of time. You’ll also find step-by-step instructions, sample makeovers, the four basic makeup combinations, and the top 10 most common beauty mistakes.
Aucoin helps everyday women, along with featured celebrities like Janet Jackson, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Lange, look and feel their best by accentuating their best features.
5. About Faces by Scott Barnes
About Face is the ultimate makeover book. Part one focuses on real women’s makeovers that take them from attractive to extraordinary. Barnes outlines the best makeup techniques and how to use them to emphasize a woman’s best features.
You’ll also find necessary beauty rituals, must-have makeup equipment, and tips for women to shine both outwardly and inwardly. There is also a gallery of celebrities that Scott Barnes has worked with over the years, so you can see his skills shine.
6. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro
If you only have time to read one book, make it Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. This complete guide starts with skincare basics before moving to every aspect of facial makeup. You’ll learn how to find the right colors for foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, and lashes. Brown also includes exclusive tips for blush, bronzer, lip liners, and lipsticks.
This book doesn’t stop at the face. Other chapters include information on caring for your hands and feet as well as full-body skincare. You’ll find step-by-step directions with photographs and drawings to help your clients achieve their best look.
Best of all, you’ll find the top beauty secrets, essential equipment, tips on how to break into the business, and even how to work with photographers and celebrities. It’s the must-have handbook for all aspiring makeup artists.
7. Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin
As part two of The Art of Makeup, Kevyn Aucoin demonstrates how makeup artists can give clients various faces with the proper application techniques. He demonstrates his techniques on celebrities like Celine Dion, Julianne More, and Sharon Stone. Aucoin even disguises celebrities to look like other celebrities. This book truly reflects the power a skilled makeup artist can have.
As a makeup artist, you’ll never stop learning. Staying up to date on the latest trends and classic looks will ensure you reach your makeup artistry goals. To get started, pick up one of the 7 must-read makeup books for aspiring artists. You won’t be disappointed.