We had just seen Estee Lauder's beauty princess, Paulina Porizkova, shamelessly hawking her new makeup video on the "Arsenio Hall Show," when the video arrived on our desk. "A Private Lesson," with makeup artist Mark Hayles, features demonstrations on Paulina, her mother, Anna, and her teen-age cousin, Veronica Raich.
Believe us when we say that we watched this videotape with a certain amount of twisted anticipation. Oh yeah, we were thinking up the wisecracks and barbs even as we were sliding the tape into the VCR. Won't this be just a delight watching the nearly flawless complexion of Paulina being transformed into a completely flawless one? We just loved being told, "You, too, can do this in the comfort of your own home."
Our prepared sarcasm was not wasted. Why, we wondered, can no one in this video speak without checking the cue cards?