After following makeup artist Alexis Vogel on Facebook and Twitter for the past couple of years, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new how-to beauty book, Alexis Vogel Celebrity Makeup: Professional Secrets & Techniques. In this colorful volume, Alexis shares some of the clever tricks she’s used to glamorize countless famous faces, as well as gorgeous models as Playboy magazine’s head makeup artist for over ten years.
One thing that makes the book unique is that Alexis has photographed every aspect of her step-by-step approach and directs readers to the exact product within her makeup line so that they can re-create the look and achieve similar results. For any woman who has felt lost in a drugstore makeup aisle, Alexis’ system can remove all the guesswork and frustration of being stuck with products that don’t work with your skin tone or texture.
The before-and-after images in the book are quite striking and demonstrate the power of makeup to transform. While not everyone can fly to LA and have Alexis give them a makeover, the approach of this book is the next best thing, because Alexis is careful to explain exactly what to do as well as share why this step is necessary. Even women who don’t consider themselves skilled at applying makeup should be able to follow the steps with practice. And women like me who adore makeup and have experimented with all sorts of things will still find new ideas within this volume.
Alexis is known for her bombshell looks, so if you’re looking for just simple, casual three-products-and-you’re-done systems, this book is not for you. That being said, I found that with practice, I could zip my way through her various steps in 15 minutes and have a makeup look that remained fresh throughout my entire day. Celebrity Makeup offers four main looks that range from a polished day look to a Va Va Voom evening extravaganza, so there is something for the woman who just wants some polish as well as those looking to stand out with their beauty.
Because of her decades of on set experience, Alexis has developed her own order in bringing out the features. By trying it her way, I noticed that I saved time going back and retouching things as I made up my face. I also discovered simple ways to extend the wearability of my makeup as well as new blending and highlighting skills, which were simple but delivered a major impact to the overall impression.
Alexis’ passion for guiding women toward their inner glamazon comes through in her kind and compassionate copy. Reading the book felt like having a professional model for a sister, who walked you through her beauty routine. By the end of my first week of adopting Alexis’ tips, I was receiving compliments on my makeup. I bet you will too. Alexis Vogel Celebrity Makeup: Professional Secrets & Techniques is available at http://alexisvogel.com.