Our industry is full of stories of people who created art and careers out of nothing but an idea.
I believe that an important part of my journey as a makeup artist is immersing myself in the journeys of those before me.
I love learning about how people got where they are, what their advice for the future may be and immersing myself in the art they've created.
Below are some of my favourite books about journeys and wisdom of days gone by.
New York Times columnist, Riordan intertwines the worlds of science, fashion and business to tell the shrewd history of the beauty industry; complete with anecdotes about 18th century bustles to the rise of Greta Garbo's mascara.
The incredible story of an amazing business woman, entrepreneur and industry icon, told from her side. Her story demonstrates the value of hard work, dedication and unyielding passion.
In a time when "makeup" wasn't worn by nice girls, Max Factor revolutionised the world of beauty by creating makeup items for the film industry; many of them we still covet today.
A feminist classic, this book challenges society's ideals that women should strive to fulfil an impossible ideal of "beauty". No matter what your view, this book really challenges your thinking about what beauty truly means to you.
This 2-for-the-price-of-1 biography details the lives of two pioneers of the modern skincare and cosmetics industry, including their rather intriguing rivalry.
The alluring tale of the woman behind the iconic scent. This books gives us a glimpse into the incredible life of Coco Chanel and her fascinating rise to success.
“Here is the life of one of the 20th century’s most interesting and deeply complicated women, a fascinating cultural history, and the story of an extraordinary perfume.” —Chandler Burr, New York Times scent critic.
Which historical icon, invention, trend or idea fascinates you the most?