The 10 Best Books For The Beauty And Aesthetics Obsessed

In honor of National Read a Book Day, we are rounding up the best books about beauty, wellness, and aesthetics from some of the foremost thought leaders in the industry.
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Written by Meg Storm
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In case you haven’t heard, September 6 is National Read a Book Day. And while we are so grateful for the time you spend reading the content we create here on The AEDITION, we’d be remiss not to let you in on a few of our favorite topical tomes that were written by some of our go-to experts. From the secrets of Park Avenue plastic surgery to the history of makeup, we’re rounding up the best books about aesthetics, beauty, and wellness from some of the foremost thought leaders in the industry.

For the Pre-Op Phase: The Boob Job Bible: Your Ultimate Guide to Breast Surgery


Perfect for the patient who is considering going up a few cup sizes, Denver-based board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Gregory Buford, MD, has assembled the ultimate guide to breast augmentation. From choosing the right implants and timing for your procedure to ensuring a safe and healthy recovery, Dr. Buford dispenses expert tips and insights gleaned from his 20 years in practice. download your copy at

For the Skincare Savant: Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal


Consider this book the next best thing to a consultation with Beverly Hills-based board certified dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD. Since the prescription for a happy, healthy complexion is anything but one-size-fits-all, Dr. Shamban offers an array of skincare, nutrition, and fitness tips with specific regimens tailored to age, skin type, and concerns. Basically, there is something for everyone. $32,

For the History Buff: Face Paint: The Story of Makeup


Makeup, as we know it today, has only come about in the last century or so, but the concept of decorating one’s face has dates back to ancient times. Here, celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge explores the history of makeup as an art form and how the products themselves have evolved. You don’t have to be interested in cosmetics to appreciate its cultural significance, which is exactly what Eldridge’s tome uncovers. $27,

For the Prospective Patient: The Real Beauty Bible: Navigating Your Journey Through Plastic Surgery


Interested in cosmetic procedures but not sure where to start? Richard Brown, MD, a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ, has assembled a comprehensive manual to guide patients from research through recovery. Discover treatments, get advice on how to find the right provider, and learn more about what to expect pre- and post-op. Consider this a must-read prior to having a procedure. $25,

For the Best Tressed: True Color: The Essential Hair Color Handbook


It may sound counterintuitive to hear a celebrity hair colorist advocate for minimalism, but that is precisely what Tracey Cunningham does in her new book. If you are in search of a look that requires minimal effort to pull together, she says embracing your original shade — which she calls your “true color” — is your best bet. To prove her point, the pages are filled with childhood pics of stars like Jessica Biel and Maria Sharapova that illustrate how she has been able to honor their, well, roots. Oh, and she also offers tons of healthy hair tips along the way. $27,

For the Wellness Guru: Beauty from the Inside Out: Makeup, Wellness, Confidence


No one knows their way around a your-face-but-better beauty look better than celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown, but her most recent writing makes the case that true beauty comes from within. The book pairs makeup tutorials and skincare advice with healthy recipes and fitness inspo from leading wellness experts and Brown herself for a holistic guide to beautifying your life. $25,

For the Aesthetically Curious: The Park Avenue Face: Secrets and Tips from a Top Facial Plastic Surgeon for Flawless, Undetectable Procedures and Treatments


If you’ve ever wondered how the ladies and gentlemen of the Upper East Side age gracefully, look no further than this piece from Andrew Jacono, MD, a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in NYC. The man behind Marc Jacobs’ facelift sheds light on his natural approach to aesthetic medicine, so you too can tap into the fountain of youth. $30,

For the Francophile: Ageless Beauty the French Way: Secrets from Three Generations of French Beauty Editors


If a year and a half of staying close to home has you yearning for a trip abroad, this read from Parisienne beauty expert Clémence von Mueffling is just what the doctor ordered. With a mother and grandmother who were both beauty editors at French Vogue, von Mueffling dispenses three generations worth of skincare, beauty, and wellness secrets that will have you well on your way to capturing that certain je ne sais quoi French women embody — no passport required. $28,

For the Makeup Maven: Making Faces


First published in 1997, this New York Times bestseller by the legendary Kevyn Aucoin stands the test of time. With some 200 photos and sketches, the late makeup artist shares the secrets behind his iconic looks while also offering a masterclass on application techniques that will help even the most novice familiarize themselves with the fundamentals. Consider this the OG makeup tutorial. $22,

For the Prejuventor: The Pro-Aging Playbook: Embracing a Lifestyle of Beauty and Wellness Inside and Out


Because it is far easier to prevent signs of aging than it is to correct them, NYC-based board certified dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, has compiled his 360-degree approach to healthy — and youthful — living. From cosmetic treatments and products to lifestyle and wellness habits, Dr. Frank offers outside-in and inside-out techniques that will transform your perspective on beauty and aging. $27,

All products featured are independently selected by our editors, however, AEDIT may receive a commission on items purchased through our links.

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MEG STORMis the editorial & content director at AEDIT.

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