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It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a bona fide makeup aficionado or a nervous teen taking your first, faltering steps into the world of cosmetics, there is something for everyone to love in Face By Pixiwoo.
Not just a series of step by step tutorials, although there are lots of those included, it’s a comprehensive beauty bible including everything you ever wanted to know about the world of makeup. It includes tips on skin, brows, eyes, lashes and lips as well as how to choose and care for your brushes and tools. Interspersed with the genuinely useful tips are snippets of information about the lives, careers and families of Sam and Nic Chapman.
I’m working on the assumption that most readers of beauty blogs are familiar with Sam & Nic Chapman, aka Pixiwoo. In case you’ve somehow missed their meteoric rise, they are makeup artists turned youtubers. They harness their makeup knowledge, gleaned from a career encompassing everything from makeup counters to high fashion shoots, to create video tutorials that are full of down to earth, funny and genuinely useful tips.
If you’re already a fan of Pixiwoo videos you’ll love this book which has the same straight talking, no-nonsense, warmth of their videos. Something I particularly love about it, given that its readership will no doubt be predominantly young women, is that it doesn’t seek to show Sam and Nic only as the beautiful, flawless women they are today.
Interspersed with the up to date images of them with and without full makeup are pictures of Sam & Nic as teens where they look attractive, but no more glamorous or attractive than an average teenage girl. I think, for young teenage readers, these images will be really important to help them understand the incredible transformative power of makeup and how what you see on screen is usually the result of some clever artistry. In a world where so much of the internet is projecting images of perfection, it’s refreshing to see the reality of how most teenagers look so clearly represented.
As well as the book, which comes in a gorgeous, black, hardback edition, there is also a free app to download with exclusive digital content. Whilst I don’t want to give too many spoilers, within the app you simply scan the pages bearing a special phone logo to get access to exclusive video content designed to supplement what’s on the pages.
Face By Pixiwoo has an RRP of £20 in its hardback format, but you can currently find it here for £9.99. There is also a kindle version available, but personally, I feel this is the kind of book where the real satisfaction comes from flicking through the pages.
If you love Pixiwoo videos you might also want to check out the new Pixiwoo documentary – Pixiwoo: Hollywood Icons. I haven’t seen it, but the trailer is amazing, so it looks like it too would make a fantastic Christmas gift.
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