Bookworm beauty lovers rejoice! Below are my top picks for the best fashion and beauty books of 2015 and each one offers something unique, useful, and wildly awesome. Whether you're all about DIY hacks or the history of heels, there's a book you're bound to swoon for.
As much as I love the world of fashion and beauty blogs, digital magazines, and websites out there (obviously, I mean I write for the best one!), nothing gives me all the warm cozy fuzzies like flipping through a real book. There's just something so magical about the crisp pages, bright pictures, and smell of ink. Call me crazy, but I will like, feverishly use Amazon tracking after I've ordered a book so that I can be there as soon as it arrives.
If you're anything like me and your heart is full of deep love for both the world of fashion and beauty along with all things gloriously book-related, then the picks below that came out this year are absolute essentials for your book case (or shelves, or stacks, or stacks upon stacks because the struggle is real). Order them gradually or all at once, but you won't be disappointed with a single one.
Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide To Eccentric Glamour, $24.75, Dita Von Teese
Von Teese has managed to create something of an alt glam encyclopedia, and no topic goes uncovered. Need tips on back acne? Nipple pasties? Rocking heels? False lashes? The girl has answers for freaking everything.
Face Paint: The Story Of Makeup, $20.23, Lisa Eldridge
Eldridge is currently the makeup creative director for Lancôme and the brilliant woman behind one of my favorite makeup websites, lisaeldrdige.com. In Face Paint, Eldridge takes you on a journey from beauty in Egyptian and Classical times right up to modern day, and this part social history part makeup inspo book will grab you from page one.
The Little Book Of Skin Care, $13.84, Charlotte Cho
Korean skincare became wildly popular stateside this year, and Cho is an expert. She breaks down how the main secret behind Korean beauty magic starts with skin care, and her book is full of totally accessible step-by-step tutorials and tips to achieve that #IWokeUpLikeThis glow.
Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures And Obsession, $83.09, Manolo Blahnik
OK, I'm totally biased because I met Manolo Blahnik this year and he was lovely, but also this book is just incredible. It's the kind you'll want to leave out on your coffee table because it's cool, but secretly cuddle up with it at night to drool over all of the stunning images.
5. How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, And Feel Amazing By Alison Freer
How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, And Feel Amazing, $10.69, Alison Freer
Professional costume designer Freer spills all her secrets for transforming your closet into a truly functional wardrobe. Her tips tackle clothing fitting issues, closet organization, undergarment truths, brilliant thrifting tips, and more. For someone looking to overhaul their closet, this is not a book to miss.
Models Of Influence, $29.53, Nigel Barker
For lovers of high fashion (and America's Next Top Model!), Barker's exploration into the fifty most influential models from the 1940s to today is stunning, inspirational, and insightful. It will challenge your perceptions of beauty and introduce you to the women behind fashion's most iconic faces.
7. Essential Oils for Beauty, Wellness, And The Home: 100 Natural, Non-toxic Recipes For The Beginner And Beyond By Alicia Atkinson
Essential Oils for Beauty, Wellness, and the Home: 100 Natural, Non-toxic Recipes for the Beginner and Beyond, $12.20, Alicia Atkinson
If you've been looking to incorporate a little more homeopathic DIY beauty strategies into your life, Atkinson's introduction to essential oils is smart, approachable, and packed with DIY beauty concoctions to help you step away from the often harmful chemical-laden commercial fragrances and face masks.
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