Q & A

Uptown salon owner writes beauty manual for women over 45

Christopher Hopkins spent his childhood styling the hair of his sister’s Barbie dolls.

Now, the 44-year-old Bryn Mawr resident is a nationally recognized makeover expert and the owner of reVamp! salonspa, located at 2910 Hennepin Ave. S.

In Hopkins’ 20 years of makeover experience, he has styled KSTP-TV’s on-air talent, managed his own Twin Cities salons, worked with high-profile names and made appearances on national television.

Hopkins recently released his new book “Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women over 45.” The book aims to help middle-aged women who may have lost touch with their good looks recapture their own sense of beauty, according to Hopkins.

“I don’t see a woman for what she should be, I see a woman for who she can be,” Hopkins said.

The Southwest Journal recently asked Christopher about his life and work. Here’s what he had to say:

SWJ: You recently published a new book. What was it like to set down the scissors and makeup, and sit down to write?

Christopher Hopkins: Maze-like, but completely thrilling.

SWJ: You go by the nickname, “The Makeover Guy.” How’s it feel to be a registered trademark?

CH: Hmmm. I’ve never thought about it. Kind of makes me feel like an old book or something. Musty.

SWJ: For someone who reads your book, what is it that you most want her to take from it?

CH: Hope. Inspiration. That the best is yet to come.

SWJ: When did you first know that you wanted to make a living turning frumpy middle-aged women into hot cougars?

CH: Ever since I saw Jane Hathaway on the Beverly Hillbillies. I just knew lashes, a pair of heels and a good brush through her hair would do wonders. It seems that the place to go for any makeup artist or hair stylist is Los Angeles, being the glitz-and-glamour capitol of the world.

SWJ: Yet, you were only there for a short while before deciding to move back to Minneapolis. What’s the deal with that?

CH: Money. And, I think, luck. If I’d have stayed there I’d have become one of those boys. Besides, I love the Twin Cities. It’s home.

SWJ: You’re quite a famous person, making appearances on Oprah and having styled figures like Hillary Clinton. How hard is it to get an appointment with you at your Southwest Minneapolis salon?

CH: Well, it’s become a challenge. But you can still get in with our extremely talented staff at reVamp!

SWJ: Do you have any fashion tips for women who are getting their summer wardrobe together?

CH: White capris make your legs shorter and your butt bigger. You decide.

SWJ: Are there any new style trends that you think are absolutely horrific?

CH: Shiny satin “cocktail shorts” – show us your cellulite, baby!

SWJ: What’s next for you? A new book on making over Sunday football-watching, beer-drinking middle-aged men? Great idea or greatest idea?

CH: Great idea, like they’d listen.