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Now Online: December 2014
If you’d told me a year ago that I would become close friends with a single mom in Oxfordshire, a university student in West Sussex, and a London ex-pat recently relocated to Victoria, BC, I would have said you were crazy. But my life has taken a 180-degree turn in the last year thanks to Twitter. I wish I could say that I was an early adopter and embraced the social media platform, but the truth is I fought it kicking and screaming. When Twitter debuted, a handful of magazine editors in the city where I live used it to tweet out how fabulous their lives were…and by association…how unfabulous the rest of us were. The tweet that put me over the edge was: “The stewardess on the plane just said I’m much prettier in person than my photos in the magazine.”
I finally entered the twitterverse a year and a half ago due to necessity. Publishing is changing and I needed to find a new audience of beauty enthusiasts for BEAUTY the Guide. So I started tweeting beauty contests and info. I have no idea how I found pro makeup artist Nina Westbury but she’s become my Twitter wife. She’s one of the funniest and kindest people I know – sharing her pro tips and encouraging women to try new colours and products. It feels like we’ve known each other for years. As the days went by, I met more and more truly lovely beauty fans on Twitter: Ali in Ireland, Jackie in Scotland, Heather in South Africa and Tracy in the U.S. There’s even Stephanie, a beauty-crazed medical student in Poland who I know will become a remarkable doctor one day. She shares her passion for makeup with her teen patients and they bond instantly. We’re kind of like a digital beauty family. And that is the best gift I could receive this holiday season.
Dave Lackie, editor
BEAUTY the Guide magazine