Books for Christmas: The make-up guru

• Dec 21, 2018 •

We all know someone who is a total pro when it comes to make-up – they always look in tip-top condition, have expert knowledge on the hottest products to use, and would probably be able to put on a flawless full face of makeup during a rush hour tube journey. These two beauty bibles from Sali Hughes are the perfect books for them.

Pretty Honest

A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes,

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together” Elizabeth Taylor

Beauty books. Exquisite coffee-table affairs featuring improbably beautiful models with wholly-unachievable-to-most women looks, product review-heavy volumes which become almost instantly outdated, or tracts of holistic mumbo jumbo, like how to make an unproven face pack from organic molasses and rough-hewn porridge oats.

Not anymore.

In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.

Pretty Iconic

‘Sali Hughes has created a universe filled with galaxies of beauty secrets’ Charlotte Tilbury

Packed full of wisdom from Britain’s most trusted beauty journalist, Pretty Iconic considers which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz and who they are best suited for.

In Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty – from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today. Sali takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives.

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