25 beauty book gifts for that one friend who already owns a bunch of makeup

For the beauty lover in your life, buying makeup and skin care gifts is our go-to. But instead of giving them something they might already have, why not put a little bit more thought into your gift? Satisfy any beauty lover’s fascination with makeup, hair, and skin care with a book that breaks down all the in’s and out’s of beauty.

From DIY recipes to advice from some of the industry’s biggest influencers, there are tons of books that can satisfy the biggest makeup lover you know. They may not be able to apply it onto their face, but they’ll definitely learn a thing or two.

Give the gift of beauty knowledge this year, and we guarantee that they will enjoy one (or a few) of these books just as much as the 50th makeup palette you could be adding to their collection.

1SIMPLE & NATURAL SOAPMAKING: Create 100% Pure and Beautiful Soaps with The Nerdy Farm Wife’s Easy Recipes and Techniques by Jan Berry, $14.95


This would make a great gift for the beauty lover in your life who loves a little DIY, especially the natural beauty kind.

2Skin Deep by Bee Shapiro, $19.49


For the friend that loves to keep up with celebrity beauty secrets, this book shares every detail. From Kylie Jenner to Martha Stewart, this book has it all.

3Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin by Nadia Neumann, $13.59


For the health-conscious friend, this book takes the nutritional approach to getting glowing skin.

4Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin, $11.64


For the friend that appreciates full-on glam and is looking to become a makeup artist, this book is the ultimate guide.

5Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, $12.97


The aspiring beauty guru in your life will have nothing but appreciation for this cover-to-cover book filled with professional makeup tips from the late (and legendary) makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.

6Classic Beauty: the History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez, $38.77


The beauty nerd or vintage friend in your life will love this book that serves as a timeline of all things beauty. From trends by the era to ancient beauty secrets, this read is great for inquisitive minds.

7Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown, $16.73


This makeup manual is the ultimate guide for newbies and pros alike. From skin care regimens to makeup application, this book has it all.

8Your Beauty Mark, The Ultimate Guide To Eccentric Glamour by Dita Von Teese,$26.49


Know someone that is a little “extra” in the beauty department? This book is the perfect read.

9The French Beauty Solution by Mathilde Thomas, $19.98


In this book, the founder of Caudalie, Mathilde Thomas, shares the beauty tips she learned growing up in France. Plus, these are the tips Caudalie was built on, so that’s saying something.

10The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho, $13.74


K-Beauty is the biggest skin care trend right now, and if your bestie is looking to switch up their routine, this book is just what the doctor ordered.

11The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls: Nail Art + Style Bible by Sharmadean Reid, $14.68


Does your friend love beauty bargains? If so, look no more. This book offers everything one would ever need to feel and look like champagne on an orange juice budget.

12Perfumes: A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, $18.96


Fragrance fanatics will love to read up on the details of hundreds of perfumes. Give their nose a break and let them flip through this.

13The Makeup Manual by Lisa Potter-Dixon, $16.15


For the friend that needs or wants to know a little bit about everything, Makeup Manual breaks it all down.

14The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy, $18.14


Show the person closest to you the hidden power of makeup by allowing them to bury themselves in this book.

15Slow Beauty: Rituals and Recipes to Nourish the Body and Feed the  Soul by Shel Pink, $15.17s


Know a beauty lover that also appreciates a little self-help? Slow Beauty will definitely kill two birds with one stone.

16Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance by Nadine Artemis, $20.32


For the health-conscious friend looking to simplify their self-care routine, this book will walk them through everything.

17 Rejuvanessence: A Step-by-Step Guide to Timeless Health and Beauty by Margareta Loughran, $2.79


Who doesn’t want access to the fountain of youth these days? Give your beauty-loving friend the gift of endless life (at least when it comes to skin) with this read.

18Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success Online and Off by Michelle Phan, $20.85


Any aspiring beauty influencer can appreciate these tips from someone who dreamed and lived it.

19Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself by Francois Nars, $30.80


Makeup is a form of self-expression. With that being said, your self-expressive friend will love you to pieces for gifting him/her this book.

20The Beauty of Color by Iman, $28.96


Skin isn’t created the same. Give the Melanin queen in your life the gift of knowledge, written by a queen herself.

21Lauren Conrad Beauty by Lauren Conrad, $12.59


When you look good, you feel good. Help a friend live by that philosophy by gifting Lauren Conrad Beauty to help them navigate.

22Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World by Sali Hughes,$20.39


Have that one friend who stays up-to-date with the buzziest beauty products? Pretty Iconic will satisfy their appetite.

23Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor by Linda Wells, $10.52


Know an inspiring beauty editor that may appreciate a sneak peek of that life? Linda Wells has the scoop they will ever need.

24Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority By Melissa Schweiger, $23.73


This is for Sephora VIB Rouge friend in your life. They will jump for joy if you gift them this read, created by the beauty authorities themselves.

25Hello Glow: 150+ Easy Natural Beauty Recipes for a Fresh New You by Stephanie Gerber, $11.59


Think of this as a beauty “cookbook” that your DIY lover will appreciate. These recipes are sure to keep them busy throughout the year.

With so many great books out there, it’s hard as heck to not find one that suits the beauty lover in your life.

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