Gabriela Hernandez, the founder and CEO of Besame Cosmetics, has just published her first book. Called Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup ($49.99), I knew she had been working on a book, but I had no idea what it would be about, and I still know only what the PR writeup says because the "look inside" feature on Amazon.com is disabled, and there are no reviews yet.
That didn't stop me. I ordered a copy straight away after I read this little blurb on the page:
This colorful reference book chronicles historic trends for the eyes, lips, and face, and offers in-depth aesthetic reviews of each decade from the 1920s to today. Follow the rich history of facial trends through fascinating and bizarre vintage ads; detailed makeup application guides; and profiles of famous makeup innovators, connoisseurs, and iconic faces. Over 430 images, timelines, and detailed vintage color palettes show the changing definitions of beauty and document makeup innovations (the first mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, etc.) that have evolved throughout the history of cosmetics.So excited! This first edition is bound in hardcover, so it will be the perfect book to have laying around for inspiration.
I love every bit of makeup I have tried from her brand (though some colors did not work for me), and I admire her aesthetic. I hope this means more exposure for her brand and that she will be expanding her range of products and colors.
There are not many blog reviews on this indie brand, which is rather unfortunate. The lipsticks are outstanding, and if you like red lipstick, you must check out hers--you can even buy a sample set of six (mentioned here).
I am not affiliated with this brand, and I have purchased all Besame products with my own money. I am just excited because I think it is an extremely high-quality line.
Have you tried Besame Cosmetics?
Image source: B&N and Besame