Whether you want to pour over inspiring images, improve your health and wellbeing, find out all about the best beauty products or discover delicious new recipes to try out, then I’ve got it covered with my round up of the best books out there.
The Best Fashion & Beauty Books 2017
I was so thrilled to be able to contribute to Franco’s beautiful debut book of photography, which also includes words from Diane Von Fürstenberg, Mariacarla Boscono. Fragile is a series of photographs featuring top models in beautiful scenes. Franco’s work draws on and refers to the likes of Man Ray, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, and is a must for fashion and art fans this season.
A collection of beauty writer Bee Shapiro’s popular New York Times column, in which the world’s most photographed people share their daily skin care regimens, opinions on makeup, hair care, and diet and exercise. Including Kylie Jenner, Natalia Vodianova, Catherine Deneuve and Martha Stewart. There are 10 new interviewees and this will make a great gift for anyone who likes a nosey through other people’s makeup bags and skincare collections.
How to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + Tutorials, illustrated by Judith van den Hoek
This is a lovely little pocket reference guide for makeup-lovers, with step-by-step guides and top tips to achieving a host of basic looks to show-stopping party looks. I always like finding out how other artists work and comparing my techniques to others’, so I love snooping in books like this before gifting them to friends and family!
This fascinating book tells the story of the collection that was dubbed ‘Paris’ ugliest collection’ after couturier Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection in 1971. A must-read for lovers of fashion, there are beautiful illustrations and well-researched essays.
With 1,000 beautiful photographs of the gorgeous Coco Rocha in a white leotard in stunning dance-inspired poses, this is a real work of art. Since the work I do on shoots is an important step toward creating art like this, I always find these works especially fascinating.
Legendary hairstylist, Sam McKnight, has been creating some of the industry’s most iconic hair looks from the late 70’s right through to the current day and his new book, Hair by Sam McKnight, is a wonderful reference library of gorgeous fashion images spanning his impressive 40-year career to date. The book includes images from the late 70’s, the Supermodel Era of the 80’s and 90’s, Princess Diana’s revolutionary hairstyles, a section dedicated to Kate Moss as well as a focus on the modern fashion muses of today.
Following on from her original best seller, Pretty Honest, Pretty Iconic is the natural second release from the brilliant and hugely knowledgeable Sali Hughes. Sali looks at the most nostalgic smells and evocative packaging, giving a trusted insight into which hair and beauty products are actually really worth the investment. From old favourites through to modern day hero products, Sali’s got it all covered!
Of course, I couldn’t write about the best books out there without including my own book, Eat Beautiful. I use my book so much at home whenever I need to refer to the herbal pharmacy section or remember that skin remedy that really worked and of course when I need some inspiration for a delicious, seasonal recipes which will help keep my skin looking glowing and clear. The Festive Period is often a time of over indulgence, so why not get ideas for healthy alternatives that are easy to make and taste amazing – great if you’re going to be entertaining this season.
A celebration of the diversity of female beauty, Diverse Beauty represents Alexi’s refreshing take on female beauty in the industry. The book includes gorgeous images of women such as Lupita Nyong’o, Chanel Iman, Salma Hayek and Anja Rubik, exploring the beauty of women from all colours, sizes, ages and sexual orientations, and with all proceeds being generously donated to Concern Worldwide, there’s no excuse not to get a copy.
The Nature Of Beauty focuses on organic skincare, botanical beauty rituals and clean cosmetics, serving as a guide to empower us to make the right shopping choices when it comes to natural beauty. With 42% of consumers now looking for natural products, Imelda breaks down the best options for natural hair and body care, cosmetics and perfume.
Whenever I’m in New York, I always make time for Body By Simone – it’s a workout that I swear by and always makes me feel amazing. Simone serves as personal trainer for some of the hottest celebrity bodies in the world and her 8 Week Total Body Makeover Plan divulges all of her fun, fast paced workout secrets using unique strength training and cardio tips to help get that body in great shape. Perfect for the whole body – arms, abs, glutes, and thighs.