5 Mind-Blowing Beauty Books to Order Now

Now that you've practically memorized the style bible known as Alexa Chung's IT, it's time to pick up another photo-filled read to distract from this wild weather. Below are five books that blur the line between beauty and art by offering an array of fascinating images that showcase how makeup can be truly transformative. From famed photographer Rankin's collab with a game changer (pictured) to the late and great Kevyn Aucoin's classic coffee table must-have, update your library with these essentials—stat.

1. Ayami Nishimura by Rankin, $40.54

In a true meeting of the minds, legendary lensman Rankin teamed up with avant-garde makeup artist Ayami Nishimura to produce a series of captivating portraits. Their vision looks forward to frequent bursts of color, incredible graphics, and jaw-dropping illusions.

2. Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, $27.93

No beauty enthusiast's literary collection is complete without Mr. Aucoin's iconic read. Here, the man responsible for some of Hollywood's most breathtaking looks—the late artist's clients have included everyone from Julia Roberts to Cher—generously reveals all of his best-kept secrets. Even better: he uses a mix of classic faces and unconventional beauties for his handy tutorials.

3. Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty, $43.60

Speaking of avant-garde, Bob Recine is truly the man. Known for dreaming up the 'dos for bold gals like Lady Gaga, the artist-turned-hairdresser's storied career has allowed him to accumulate an unmatched collection of out-of-this-world headwear and hairstyles. This book features Recine's original artwork as well as images from unpublished editorials.

4. Hair: Fashion and Fantasy by Laurent Philippon, $25.79

Looking for a little hair inspo? Take a journey through artistic coif history with this dazzling discovery. Flip through chapters broken down by hairstyles (from mohawks to chignons), and pages peppered with mesmerizing visuals by greats like Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, and Patrick Demarchelier. You’ll have your next cut picked out in no time.

5. Makeup Is Art by Academy of Freelance Makeup, $24.27

Last but certainly not least, this book is a true celebration of artistic beauty. Every single image is more imaginative than the next, which is why it's a go-to for makeup gurus-in-training and beauty enthusiasts alike. Enjoy pages upon pages of pro tips for body painting, underwater makeup, contour wizardry, and much, much more.

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