Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson I found this one at Half Price Books when I was still in high school, and although my version was about 15 years out-of-date when I bought it; it still was very accurate and helpful. This is an excellent book that focuses on something that women often overlook or forget about; color. This book features color tables for each season (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) so when you figure out what season you are, you'll know what colors to stick with and to eliminate.
Bobbi Brown Beauty by Bobbi Brown This is a really good makeup primer. If you are someone looking to learn or brush up on how to do daily makeup that's not overdone and natural, this book will be a good choice for you. It even has tips on how to groom your eyebrows properly (e.g. without overdoing it) and how to wash your face. This is also a really good gift for a teenager just embarking into the land of makeup and extended bathroom time because it outlines what products you need and don't need, from the bathroom counter to your makeup brushes. I wish I had had this book when I was 15 and succumbed to my best friend's tweezer set....I could have saved a lot of eyebrow hairs.
Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me by Paula Begoun Paula is the cosmetics cop. You will learn a great deal about ingredients in cosmetics from this woman; namely what's not needed (it seems most of what's in cosmetics today really isn't necesary at all.) The book is about 1,000 pages and is an ingredient dictionary with a few chapters on how makeup is made. The bulk of the book is dedicated to makeup reviews. Yes, an entire book on makeup reviews. The reviews are very thorough and accurate and feature a 5-star rating system. I learned a lot from this book and found some really, really good drugstore cosmetics (like Wet'N'Wild products.....these are so cheap because they have so few ingredients....this is, for the most part, a good, basic line.) This is a wonderful book. Be sure to check her website for free tips. www.cosmeticscop.com
Daily Candy A to Z: An Insiders Guide to the Sweet Life by Daily Candy This little tome is a fun and functional book. Many of the pages contain great lists and how-tos; which I love. I have given this book as a gift many times (Ok, about three times) and it always went over well. I love this book