Beauty Book: Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

It might be a little late for Christmas gift ideas, but I’ve got a good one to share with you! A book about beauty. But this book is so much more than just some tutorials, or a list of must have products, this is a book I would love to give to every woman (or man who’s into “grooming”) in my life. Let’s talk Pretty Honest!


Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

Before I talk about the book we should take a closer look at the author: Sali Hughes. She’s now the beauty columnist for The Guardian Weekend, but started her beauty career as an assistant make up artist. Career path aside, she loves make up, beauty and skin care. That sounds obvious, but I really don’t think it is. Not everyone in the beauty business loves playing around with make up and experimenting with new colours, products and looks. And not everyone who does is in the beauty business (hi, beauty bloggers!). There’s nothing like shopping for make up and finding the sales associate who’s also bitten by the beauty bug. So much more fun than someone who is just there to meet their sales quota (which of course is part of the job as well, I get that).
But back to Sali, and her book that oozes passion for all things beauty.

As I said, this book is not filled with step by step tutorials and pictures. There’s nothing wrong with that type of book, there’s plenty of them out there, I will probably share the ones I have on my shelf in a blog post someday.

So what is in this amazing book? Everything!

I don’t know how she did it, but somehow Sali managed to answer almost every question I ever had about beauty and then some.
Of course, she covers the basics of skin care and make up. And even though she’s not a fan of “rules” (neither am I: strong eye and bold lip? go for it!) she did manage to sneak in some do’s and don’ts we can’t argue with like “Don’t use foundation to darken your face”: yes!

She shares her vision on beauty throughout all stages of life: for teenagers, brides, (young) mothers, during illness, etc… But my favourite parts are those about dealing with counter staff and salon etiquette. She shows both sides of the beauty retail/service story and because sometimes clients get frustrated with the pro’s and vice versa, it’s refreshing to see the other side. Mutual understanding: not only necessary in the beauty bizz, but it’s a great place to start.

Some other chapters that made me go “yes yes yes *nodding head in agreement*” were the one on giving and receiving compliments and the introduction, where Sali takes on those who label beauty lovers as shallow and vain.

I could go on and on and on about this book, but I strongly recommend, no urge, you to read it yourself.

Do you know anyone who adores beauty? Buy ’em this book.
Do you know anyone who wants to try some make up but is intimidated, by the stores and the products? Buy ’em this book.
Do you know anyone who has lost their interest in beauty, because of life just kinda got in the way? Buy ’em this book.
Do you know anyone that just doesn’t understand why you get excited about a new lipstick or the fact that you mastered the winged liner? Buy ’em this book.

Everyone. Should. Read. This. Book.


11 thoughts on “Beauty Book: Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

  1. OK now I’m curious! For some reason, I actually don’t own any beauty books! I’ve read some Bobbi Brown ones, but I never really bought any of them! Definitely intrigued by this one though 🙂

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