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In Make Up, Michelle Phan, beauty blogger and creator of the make up subscription service ipsy, discusses everything from the basics of a good skin care regimen to how to dress for a job interview to how to conduct yourself on social media. 

The book is, honestly, a little disjointed. It hops from one topic to the next with little to no transition. But it means well. Michelle Phan means well. It’s admirable that she’s set out to create a modern guide to living your best life. 

At 24 years old, having held the same steady job for over two years, and never really having been a social media oversharer, I don’t think I was the target audience for her book. I did read all of it, including the tips on how to get a job, the importance of an internship, and entrepreneurial tips. Her endlessly positive attitude is a little grating, but, again, she means well. The best parts were definitely at the beginning, when she discusses her background and how she went from being denied a job at the Lancome counter to being one of the best known names in make up. I also have to admit that she taught me how to properly apply retinol, which is only slightly embarrassing, seeing that I work for a dermatologist. 

In my mid-twenties, this book didn’t do it for me, but I would have loved it as a young teen.

Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for the free copy.

Final rating: ★