3 Inspiring Beauty Books

Look back to look forward with these 3 inspirational beauty tomes, chronicling the best in the business of hair and makeup.
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Dior: the Art of Colour

When your beauty legacy includes names like Tyen, Serge Lutens and Peter Philips, it would be a big fat waste not to celebrate it. This new Rizzoli-published book chronicles the experimentations and ventures of the house of Dior’s makeup and beauty, captured by photographic masters like Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, and Richard Burbridge, etc. The book tallies up an inspiring history of aesthetes and a captivating array of never-before- seen unpublished photography.

François Nars

It’s safe to say François Nars will forever reside in the pantheons of beauty lore for his unmatchable career – from being a celebrated makeup artist to launching one of the most desirable cosmetics brands around today. His latest book ventures inwards, charting his early years as an innovator amongst the fashion circles in Paris all the way to the establishment and development of his eponymous brand.

Hair by Sam McKnight

The cleverly-titled tome from living legend Sam McKnight was published by Rizzoli in conjunction with his exhibition in London at Somerset House. The hairstylist’s nearly-40 years of work is immortalised and compiled in a volume that features collaborators such as fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Mario Testino and celebrities he’s coiffed like Princess Diana, Tilda Swinton, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga – among many, many others.

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