Super Sisters

Fashion & Beauty Editor Laurence Keating chats to sisters Nicola and  Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo fame

If you’re at all familiar with the enormously popular makeup tutorials online, thousands of hours of which are uploaded every day, then you’ll undoubtedly know  of  and Nicola Chapman. The lovely ladies, also known as Pixiwoo have amassed an amazing 1.5 million subscribers on their main YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/pixiwoo) thus far. From bridal, to ultra-creative Halloween looks, to simple nights out and intricate fashion looks, Sam and Nic’s videos have been viewed over a 190,000,000 times.

They now run two channels on YouTube, the main Pixiwoo channel, and the second Pixiwoo Madness as well as working with many other Premium Channels on the video site such as Daily Mix and Body Talk. The multi-talented siblings have also launched a line of makeup brushes called Real Techniques, beloved by yours truly, which are carried in Boots nationwide as well as having launched a magazine/app called Two which is available through the App Store and online at www.two-magazine.com

Firstly, I’d like to ask you about skin care, as the weather gets steadily colder and wetter and we spend hours on end in overly heated lecture halls, are there 1 or 2 products you could recommend to help combat dehydrated skin? 
We both have really dry skin and even though we try dozens of moisturisers we always tend to revert back to Embryolisse Moisturiser. We have recently discovered Bioderma Moisturising mask for sensitive/dehydrated skin. We like to slather it on and even sleep in it!

Velvet Skin is a huge trend this year, do you have any products you particularly love for working this trend?
We love velvet skin and to create this we love Nars Sheer foundation teamed up with Sleek Suede effect pressed powder

Some of my favourite items have been the palettes and gift sets we’ve seen a lot of and there are so many great choices this year. Do you have any favourites?
We are over the moon with our Real Techniques Sam’s Picks Real Technique brush set which is out this month. We also love the Avon Glamour set and Bobbi Brown had some beautiful Eye shadow palettes for this festive season many of which may still be available.

I find the most requested party looks has to be a sparkly/glittery eye paired with a nude lip. Could you share a few tips/products to help get a fresh take on this look? 
We like to mix up the party look by using a coloured mascara or jewel toned eye pencil in the water line of the eye.

How has creating and editing TWO Magazine been for you? It’s such a fantastic idea offering the content as an app.
The magazine can be very stressful. Like you say, it’s a logistical nightmare. Making sure people submit their articles on time, offering something new each time etc..We are very lucky that we have a team of makeup artists already working in the industry who’s help is invaluable.

Finally, can you give us a sneak peek into any upcoming projects you have lined up?
We have lots going on, some of which we can’t talk about at this stage but we have recorded for the Discovery Channel recently giving makeup tips after beauty disasters have happened.