Beauty Bar: A Chat with Mikki Taylor on Skincare and Makeup


Deena Campbell | November 30, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Fashion and beauty books are common place. But, where’s the blueprint to help you pull off looks for every occasion and suggest ACTUAL beauty products? Enter Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady ($26.99) by Mikki Taylor, former Beauty and Cover Director at Essence Magazine. Finally, a book after our own heart that teaches us to have style and class like Lady O. It’s filled with almost 200 pages of Mikki-isms and tidbits that even our grandmothers don’t know, so I had to sit down with her to get the scoop on all things beauty-related. Her reason for writing the book? “I wanted us to have a book that makes sense in our life,” she says. “Not a coffee book, but a book you live with and will guide you in your day to day.” Love it!

DEENA: What impresses you most about Michelle’s style?
MIKKI TAYLOR: Michelle is very clear about what works for her and is not trying to be anyone else but herself. She is a true role model. I’m amazed how she mixes [high and low] designers and I love that there isn’t a place in the world you will see her not working her own dress code. And, her ‘classics with a twist’ theme allows for experimentation, but is never off track.

D: Tell us what we can learn about makeup in Commander in Chic?
MT: Women tell me all the time “makeup is too confusing!” Well, in CIC I’ve given you the best picks. There’s no way I could write a book and not mention products. Women know that I know the best products and I’ve provided tips and actual brands that work best for our skin.