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12 Basic Beauty Books You Should Own

I come from a family of readers. My mom, sister and brother in law are even librarians. I’m no exception, you should see how packed my shelves are! I especially love beauty books, for obvious reasons, and I think they’re an especially great way to get information that you might not find anywhere else.

There are some books that I find myself recommending over and over to friends, family and readers.  These are great go-to reference books and if you’re interested in these topics you should own them!

  • Basic Beauty Books 1 of 13
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    These books offer in depth tutorials on everything from skin care, nail art to elaborate braids. They're amazing go-to references for caring for your curly hair, figuring out what your skin type is and how to best apply eye shadow for your eye shape.

  • Lauren Conrad Beauty 2 of 13
    Lauren Conrad Beauty

    Lauren Conrad seems to be taking over the beauty world with her website, The Beauty Department. This book contains many of the basics laid out more in depth than her website. It seems that Lauren and her team thought of every possible topic, making this a great go-to beauty reference.

    Lauren Conrad Beauty $13.80

  • The Skin Type Solution 3 of 13
    The Skin Type Solution

    Leslie Baumann MD is one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in the country (she edited my favorite textbook on the subject), and her Skin Type classification system is increasingly used around the country. In this book Dr. Baumann offers information about determining your skin type, and what to do with that information to get the skin you really want. Her instructions are pretty straight forward and she offers tips on what to do if you don't quite fit into a category.

    The Skin Type Solution $11.67

  • Curly Girl: The Handbook 4 of 13
    Curly Girl: The Handbook

    Even though I'm a girl with fairly straight hair, I'm recommending this book at least once a week to curly haired girls. The truth is that curly hair is not the same as straight hair. The two need completely different approaches to washing, conditioning, styling and cutting. This book is filled with information on how to do the "No-Poo" method of washing your hair, styling your hair to prevent frizz and even directions on how curly hair should be cut.

    Curly Girl: The Handbook $10.71

  • Skin Rules 5 of 13
    Skin Rules

    This book is full of basic skin care information that every woman should know, but your dermatologist or esthetician might not tell you. For example, you don't need to rush in to your dermatologist's office if you develop a large blemish. Instead, treat it at home with an over the counter 2% Salicylic Acid or 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide product.

    Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist $8.79

  • Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 6 of 13
    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

    Bobbi Brown has a lot of great books, but this is the one that pulls everything together. Full of basic tidbits such as skin care and applying eye shadow correctly. If you are just getting started with beauty, this is a great place to start!

    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro $14.94

  • Nails, Nails, Nails! 7 of 13
    Nails, Nails, Nails!

    If you're continually pinning images of complicated nail designs and aren't sure how to get started, this is the book for you. Full of step by step pictures, you'll see how to create 25 different nail art designs. The tutorials range from basic to more complex, so there's something for everyone.

    Nails, Nails, Nails!: 25 Creative DIY Nail Art Projects $11.10

  • Makeup for Ageless Beauty 8 of 13
    Makeup for Ageless Beauty

    As much as we all hate to admit it, we're aging. Every single one of us is aging. And the beauty routine we used at 22 is probably not going to cut it at 56. This book offers tips to deal with issues from crow's feet to hair in unexpected places. You'll want to keep this book around as a reference!

    Makeup for Ageless Beauty: More than 40 Colorful, Creative Looks for Women 40 and Over $8.72

  • Braids, Buns, and Twists! 9 of 13
    Braids, Buns, and Twists!

    Written by my friend Christina of Hair Romance, this is the ultimate guide to complicated looking hair styles! Each hairstyle has easy to follow directions and diagrams showing how to complete the style yourself.

    Braids, Buns, and Twists!: Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles $15.39

  • Bonding over Beauty 10 of 13
    Bonding over Beauty

    If you have a daughter, this is the perfect book to help introduce beauty concepts. Should you allow your 8 year old to wear nail polish? When is it ok to start wearing makeup? The book goes over all of those issues, discusses how hygiene changes as puberty hits and offers tips to help the transition go smoothly.

    Bonding over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-esteem, Confidence, and Trust $12.33

  • Makeup: The Ultimate Guide 11 of 13
    Makeup: The Ultimate Guide

    Rae Morris has written quite a few makeup tutorial books, but this book encompasses all of the others. It covers everything you could possibly want to know about makeup, whether you're just getting started or want tips on recreating a look in the latest issue of Vogue.

    Makeup: The Ultimate Guide $24.05

  • The Ultimate Hairstyle Handbook 12 of 13
    The Ultimate Hairstyle Handbook

    This amazing hairstyle book is written by Abby Smith, one of our own Babble Beauty Bloggers! Her blog, Twist Me Pretty, has long been one of my favorite places to look for beauty inspiration.

    Abby's book is filled with hair styles, and while they're shown with very long hair, many of them also work on shorter hair like my long bob. She has easy to follow directions that everyone can follow!

    The Ultimate Hairstyle Handbook: Everyday Hairstyles for the Everyday Girl

  • Making Faces 13 of 13
    Making Faces

    What list of beauty books would be complete without the classic by Kevyn Aucoin? Kevyn was a master at transforming faces with just a few dabs of makeup. He spills his tips for the most basic to more elaborate looks in this book.

    Making Faces $16.81

Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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