I'm a huge fan of books on the coffee table. Truthfully, whenever I go to someone's place for the first time, I'm always checking out what they've been reading — it's a really cool way to get to know someone better. These beauty books (like Zoe Foster's Amazing Face above) are not only beautiful on the outside, but they have some great inspiration and tips on the inside, as well! 

Serge Normant, Femme Fatale: Famous Beauties Then And Now

This book looks so interesting! Normant transforms each celebrity, like Julia Roberts and Britney Spears, into a beauty from another era.

Frédéric Malle, On Perfume Making

It may be more expensive than your favorite eau de parfum, but the fragrance legend’s book will hold a place on your coffee table for years. Prepare to be educated on every inch of the fragrance world and read all about the origin of Malle’s scents. The illustrations are equally as captivating, done by one-time YSL textile designer and Greek artist Konstantin Kakania.

Diane Von Furstenberg, Book Of Beauty


DVF’s beauty manual may be out of print, but it’s worth hunting down (try Amazon). You’ll get everything from her own Studio 54-era smoky eye tutorial to tips to making your cheekbones pop, plus it’s the perfect addition to your vintage vignette.

Bobbi Brown, Everything Eyes

Everything Eyes covers basic eye care, essential brushes and tools and step-by-step tutorials for 10 stunning looks. Famous for her signature glasses look, Bobbi also shares her tried-and-true tips for selecting frames and wearing makeup with glasses. [via Byrdie]

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Do you own any of these books? What's on your coffee table?