Introducing Alexandra Venison, Beauty expert and Editor for Vogue Arabiaby
The first thing you notice when you talk to Alexandra is her positive, warm soul, and her true passion for beauty. For her, it's all about taking care of one's self and finding happiness in small rituals. Here is her exclusive Muse & Heroine Interview.
First thing first, tell us how you got into beauty.
Ever since I can remember I always wanted to work for Vogue. I was enchanted by the shoots of Grace Coddington, she made fashion look like art. On my journey through school, internships, and more junior roles, I worked across fashion and beauty but was always drawn to the latter. There was a science behind it, more to learn and play with. The true meaning of beauty since then has changed for me. It’s less about the transformative powers of makeup and more about taking a holistic approach. Good skincare, health, and wellness practices are really what makes someone not only beautiful but happy too.
Where do you usually find out about new products and beauty trends?
I am constantly researching new products and ingredients, it’s my true passion. Alongside the amazing PRs, I work with I also have a wonderful network of women across the world both in and out of the industry who I speak to often.
As a beauty editor, you receive tons of new products to try. But how many are actually making it into your daily rotation? And how do you choose the lucky ones that end up being on your bathroom shelf?
I try every product I write about, but to understand their true efficiency I give them to colleagues, friends, and family to try too, especially when they are for specific concerns. I’m constantly researching so quite often I will know which products I’m desperate to try before they even arrive. Also, I meet some incredible founders and beauty experts so sometimes there is a sense of nostalgia that helps solidify a product's place on my bathroom shelf.
Right, we want to know your beauty secrets. What is your daily beauty regimen? What is your weekly beauty regimen?
An expensive-but-worth-it product or treatment?
Let’s talk body care. What are your favorite products?
Always moisturize! I play between oils and thick butter-like creams. I always have a bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmering Dry Oil on the go for special occasions.
What is your favorite workout? And your favorite supplement?
I love HIIT classes and Pilates, but my favorite workout is meeting up with friends and going for a run on the beach or paddleboarding. For supplements, I play around depending on what I feel my body needs.
Tell us one of your best-kept beauty secrets.
Are there any beauty secrets that your mother passed down to you?
What are the three beauty products you always have in your handbag?
A powder for touch-ups because at this time of year in Dubai, your makeup can literally melt off your face, a tinted lip balm, and the latest fragrance I’m testing.
Favorite App on your phone?
Headspace. I listen to it when I’m on the go.
What is your self-care approach?
Focusing on the basics like getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, exercising, and trying not to stress too much. If you’re not doing these then no amount of mindfulness and yoga will help you.
And now, a quickfire round. Last thing before bed?
Telling my family, I love them.