I feel really silly.
I have been blogging for seven years. I would like to think I am up with the times when it comes to the newest fashion and beauty gurus. But for some bizarre cosmic twilight zone explanation I am not one of the one billion viewers of Michelle Phan’s incredible videos on YouTube. Huh!??! I know what you’re thinking…what rock did I crawl in? My thoughts exactly! How could I miss this? How could I not know about her?
As it turns out my ignorance may very well work well in my favor in conducting a completely unbiased, not-a-fan-or-follower, totally learning everything about her from the get-go type of review. And how did the read turn out so far? I have to say hands down OUTSTANDING. Yes, in all capital letters.
Michelle is a phenomenon and her fun, conversational, semi-autobiographical book narrates that. Now do not think you will expect this girl to be hedonistic in telling her story. On the contrary she comes off very self-deprecating, humble, gracious, and very thankful for the blessings that have come her way. And for that I highly recommend all moms of teenagers to buy this book for their daughters.
Why? Because here is a person revered in beauty expertise by teen girls (note: I am almost positive these teens are already following her videos!) but they can also learn a thing or two on her personal story. She does not come out condescending, but rather very sisterly in relating how she triumphed and learned from her experience from family life, finding her identity among her peers, and facing hardships and trials in her still very young life.
But what about the Makeup and Style tips? After all, isn’t what this book is all about? It’s chalk-full of it, from skincare, makeup basics, nails, hair, and fashion tips. And Michelle does not stop there. She gives advice on entrepreneurship, mannerisms, professional conduct, and digital correspondence. These are things she learned along the way from starting out as a YouTube sensational beauty guru, Lancome spokesperson, business collaborator with Google, endorser of her own cosmetic line from L’Oreal, and business owner of Ipsy, a monthly subscription of beauty products. And she is only 27 years old!
Author: Michelle Phan
Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her. Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.
Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.
About the Author: Michelle Phan is a digital pioneer, entrepreneur, and award-winning content creator who is the driving force behind multiple businesses in the beauty and entertainment industry. With a focus on empowering the next generation, Michelle encourages her community to use makeup as a tool for transformation and confidence building. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.
So are you sold? I hope so! This is a book that is not only instructional, but inspirational too! After reading it, I just had to search her videos in YouTube to catch up on what I have been missing all these years! Here is one of my favorite tutorials called Payne’s Grey Smokey Eyes: