I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but Alexis Vogel is one of my favorite makeup artists ever. Years ago my sister and I would stay up late at night just to watch her infomercials, lol. I don’t think either one of us ever got around to ordering any of her products but we just loved watching the “miracles” she could create with makeup. Now years later I’ve been lucky enough to get the chance to interview her and even though she’s a very busy lady she took to time to do this interview with me so I could share it with all of you lovely ladies. Thanks again Alexis!!
1.Where did your love of makeup begin?
I used to watch my father oil paint when I was about 3 yrs old. I was obsessed with colors and painting at that early age. By the time I was 13 yrs old I was doing everybody’s makeup I could get my hands on!! I actually started working professionally at the age of 17 as a full fledged makeup artist. By 19 I was well on my way, went to school at Joe Blasco MU Academy and the rest is History~ My mom was a model and Beauty Pageant winner before I was born and continued afterwards. Her beauty and her drive was very inspiring, I used to watch her do her makeup all the time!!
2.What was your big break as a makeup artist?
Wow, that is a hard one to answer? It was just word of mouth and it spread very quickly in the industry at that time! Back in the early 80’s. I worked on Disney productions to Playboy and on and on! TV shows, Films it was crazy I was working 24/7 by the time I was in school I could barely make it to my classes but I did!! 🙂 It was not just one thing it was hard work and I was very very focused on where I was going and what I was doing! I LOVED my work and I had been blessed with a talent. Hard work and talent can be the big break. I wish I could say it was this person or that but it was not really?
3.What challenges have you faced in this field since you began?
I have been very blessed and it has been an abundant of work and cool people and jobs of course!! Maybe that I don’t have enough time for me sometimes I find. I am always giving and doing for others and to take the time out for me is a tough thing to do!! My work is very demanding and long hours? But that is who I am and what I love to do!! I am learning now how to find a balance to fit a bit of “me” time in!! That is the biggest challenge for me. 🙂
4.What’s a typical day like for Alexis Vogel?
Sleep as much as I can, that is hard for me to do! I love to be creative at nite time, so that is when I am most productive working on my web sites, products etc. I get up early when I work, drink a protein shake all fresh ingredients, Take a lot of vitamins too and drink a lot of water!! Drive to my location and start to work on the job who or whatever it is! Times can all be very different if it is TV/Film it can be a very early call time. If it is a Makeover I am going to do it is more normal hours like 10am-4pm? I try to work out at least 4 days a week that is huge and so important to me to keep healthy and stress down too!!! I love to watch movies and go to movies when I can!! I try to fit that in!! lol I do love to visit with friends too and love the beach on the weekend if I am lucky enough to have a weekend off!! I do go out to events a lot with my Celeb clients so life is always one big social fun event for me most of the time!! A party every day at work not literally but I am around a lot of people all the time. So when I am home a nice blockbuster rental and a great hot bath is awesome!! And I do enjoy my wonderful Finance’ too he is a dream! He is amazing and a lot of fun. Lucky for me he is a fantastic Photographer too!! So we have a lot of things in common!! 😉
5. Name someone famous you always have a blast working with.
I love working with all my clients that is so hard to answer!! I am afraid to answer that one! lol
They are all a blast !!! Carmen Electra is an angel she is a doll and always so fun and funny! We do have a lot of fun !!! I guess that is ok to say!!
6.If we peeked inside your makeup kit what would we see/find?
Mostly my products, but I will be doing an all new line this year!! But I do have a little bit of everything else too. There are bits and pieces of my Favs of other lines of course. I cant make everything right? LOL So I have a few pieces of other lines from Chanel to Maybelline , Mac, Max Factor and some odds and ends I find at the Beauty Supply Stores!!!
7.What’s the one beauty item you can’t live without?
I could not live with out Under Eye Creams I am an addict!! I love them and my favorite is Lancome Progress I have been using this for 20 yrs and I swear by it!! I love it and apply it a few times a day and before bedtime too~ it rocks..!!!
8.What’s the last beauty item you purchased?
OK I give here- This is an addiction I feel it is the best one out there on the market right now. I have many of my Celeb clients hooked on it!
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara
9.Give us your best beauty/makeup tips.
Too many omgsh lol!! Where do I start? Always keep powder in your purse and a few pointy tips for quickie touch ups! Powder is so important never want to look greasy! Dewy is one thing but never greasy. Never apply heavy or too much moisturizer in the day time before application of your foundation. It will stay on much longer and wear better if you have a light hand with moisturizers!! Always brush your brows before you pencil them in so you wont tug out any hairs~and keep the brow pencil sharpened too so it wont also pull out the hairs! A mist of spray water like Evian on your face after powder/foundation makes you look more dewy it helps give that JLo glo effect with out the grease and oils! It will also make the powder look just go away!! Great to use a lipstain under your lipstick colors so you will always have color on your lips as the day or nite goes on and on you won’t be left with an empty pout!!! Great tip love that one I have stains everywhere! lol I even go to bed at nite w/ stain on so that I look less washed out for my man!! 😉
10.What are the makeup trends looking ahead to Spring/Summer 2008.
This is a great time for makeup styles because everything goes, it is all individual style that is in style now!! Whatever you want to be for that day is cool! If ya want a Bo Ho look short for Bohemian look or you want a natural/hippy chic look that is great too. Or you want to really Vamp it up and do the sexy smokey eye look you can do that too. I love NOW!! This 2008, it is all good , all in style!! There is no mistake in ART!! We are our own artists. Play! Have fun, there is not just one look…. unless you only follow a trend and that gets boring and sometimes does not even fit you !!!
11.What’s the biggest beauty mistake women make?
They do not blend their makeup down the jaw line into the neck!! They usually stop and leave a line of demarcation the foundation just stops. you have to blend it downward!! Use a sponge it works better then fingers or those messy foundation brushes!!! And they do not match their skin tone either, go out side with a tiny dab and make sure you match your overall color. Take a nice average of your color from you body, neck and hands.. Faces are always lighter so you need to usually go a shade or 2 darker then your face we all use sunscreens on the face while our bodies are more colorful! This will give you more radiance and a healthier look too!!!
12.Will you ever write a makeup book?
I surely do hope so! I have been asked several times and I am actually started working on one as we speak!!! Yes thanks!! I am in many though!!
13.In my opinion your signature look is the Sex Kitten / Pinup look. What tips do you have for helping us regular women recreate the look at home?
I will have a new Eye Kit coming out this year end of summer!!! It is amazing and will have everything and the kitchen sink in it too !!! Ha ha ha.. Ok a few tips are to invest in a great eye shadow brush!! I love the Mac no222. It is awesome and makes it easy to accomplish a seamless flawless job of it !! Use eye shadow colors that are not too hard in color like nice soft burgandys instead of blacks for example. Use one that has a good pigment quality so you can blend and spread it like butter!! I do like many of the Lancome eye shadow textures!! LASHES IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LASHES!! YSL is the bombshell maker! lol A good shadow, great brush, great mascara with a good eye lash curler to crank those puppies up to the sky to give lift to your eyes! Like an eye lift without the surgery!! A good eye lash curler with a great mascara will give you the same appearance as false eye lashes!! That is a really good tip~ Hi light with a nice glowing shimmer dust under brows it is awesome!! Always rim your lower eyelids under the lash line with a nice chubby soft pencil and go over it with your eye shadow too! Then smudge it down with your foundation sponge or Qtip!!! Eye liner on the top lid is a must for both looks!!! Do a nice soft smudgy style line not a hard heavy line!! It is all about the dramatic Liner that really pops your eyes out!! Like a picture frame around an oil painting right? What is a painting with out the frame ?
14.What’s next in your career?
New Infomercial, new line this year and working on the Book too! And a possible makeover studio coming also!!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview Alexis. Do you have any final words or thoughts? There is no mistake in Art that is my motto so have fun, paint it up try lots of things you can always just wipe it away and try and try again that is the beauty and fun of Makeup!!! Love Alexis