14 Beauty-Centric Books That Are Essential Reading for Every Book Lover


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As both a beauty lover and a bookworm, finding an intersection between the two can be difficult. That's when I find a good beauty book, my excitement levels spike through the roof. 

Below, find the best beauty-centric books out there for the avid reader who also happens to love makeup, skincare, fragrance, or hair. Whether you're more interested in a book exploring the origins and staying power of red lipstick or a book about the politics and history of Black hair, there's something for everyone on this list. 

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.