Current Coffee Table Books
Coffee table books are something that I like to keep on constant rotation, with the majority of them staying out for a couple of weeks before they're put back onto the bookcase and traded with something else. They're one of my favourite things to buy for the flat, with the majority of them being picked up from charity shops and second hand stores across the city.
Lisa Eldridge 'Face Paint'
One of the few coffee table books that I've happily read from cover to cover, 'Face Paint' tells the ultimate tale of the evolution of makeup through the ages. Social history is one of my biggest interests alongside beauty, making this book a must-read and probably my favourite of the bunch. It combines both topics in a way that's captivating and easy to understand, with the addition of beautiful imagery throughout.
Sophie Gamand 'Wet Dog'
Wet Dog was a bit of a gag gift from my boyfriend's family - presumably given to me because I'm always a little squeamish of their dog when it's fresh from the bath (something about her skinny frame and bulging eyes doesn't sit quite right). Even so, I love this book. It has a such a simple premise but is surprisingly entertaining; in fact it's the one that most people pick up first when they come to the flat.
Bobbi Brown 'Beauty'
Bobbi Brown is the reigning queen of beauty books and the original 'Beauty' is probably still my pick of the bunch. First published in 1997, it's fair to say that some of the looks inside are a little dated now, but the majority of the content keeps its focus on timeless beauty - the kind that doesn't go out of fashion or alter dramatically with current trends. It's not groundbreaking by any means, but it's a great go-to if you're wanting to understand more about the basic tips and tricks of makeup artistry.