By  on March 14, 2008

If you’re truly passionate about all things beauty, why relegate the subject only to your bathroom? How about the library, too, with the latest selection of page-turners.

Lessons of a Lipstick Queen
Poppy King

Poppy King isn’t just a self-professed  lipstick queen. She’s a business whiz, too. She founded her first company at 18, and since then has made an indelible (red, natch) mark on the beauty industry. Now she can add published author to her CV, with this how-to on starting a small business. King weaves together her own story with the key entrepreneurial insights she’s picked up along the way—the perfect primer for budding beauty princesses. ($23, Atria Books)

The Perfect Scent
Chandler Burr

Journalist and The New York Times Style Magazine fragrance critic Chandler Burr spent a year chronicling the behind-the-scenes goings-on of two of perfume’s most prominent players: Jean-Claude Ellena of Hermès and Sarah Jessica Parker and her Coty coterie. The result is a fascinatingly detailed—and dishy— look at the industry’s ongoing quest to find the perfect balance between creativity and commercialization. ($25; Henry Holt and Company)

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