06/10/2013 07:31 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Best Beauty Books: The 5 Titles You Need To Read If You Want To Work In The Industry (PHOTOS)

It seems as though there are hundreds of great books about style and breaking into the fashion industry -- but what about beauty?

If you're as obsessed with makeup, hair and nails as we are, chances are you've noticed the lack of good reads on the subject. Thankfully, we've scoured the Internet (and our bookshelves) to come up with a list of the five books you should read if you want to break into the beauty industry. These books, written by top editors, legendary makeup artists and hair wizards, will provide you with all the tools necessary to embark on this challenging (yet rewarding) career path.

1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown

If there was ever anything you wanted to know about makeup, you'll find it in this book. Premiere makeup artist Bobbi Brown divulges the secrets she has learned from decades in the beauty biz. She covers everything from how to work with celebrity clients to how to apply false eyelashes -- we recommend you take notes. (Buy here)
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2. Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor By Linda Wells

Ever wonder what it's really like to run one of the top beauty magazines in the world? Editor-in-chief Linda Wells tells all, from what it takes to keep the Condé Nast publication going to the secret to getting your dream job. (Buy here)
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3. Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty by René Ricard

With a client list that includes Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow (just to name a few), it's clear that Bob Recine is one of the best hairstylists in Hollywood. Having worked on some of the most avant-garde hairdos in history (think Lady Gaga), Recine's talents also stretch into the world of fine art. It's no wonder this hair guru is a legend. (Buy here)
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4. Estée: A Success Story by Estée Lauder

The Queen of Cosmetics tells the story of how she transformed from a young, beauty-obsessed girl into the owner of a multibillion-dollar empire. (Buy here)
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5. Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman's Beauty Issues and Make-Up Dilemmas By Jemma Kidd

In an industry obsessed with photo retouching, it's refreshing to hear model and makeup expert Jemma Kidd's minimal take on beauty. Less is more in her eyes as she explains how to achieve an effortless, radiant glow. (Buy here)
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