I’ve been asked if I plan to do videos or record makeup tutorials because, let’s face it, pictures and captions such as “blend upward” or “apply in circular motions” can only go so far. If you’re anything like me, you have to SEE how to use certain products in order to replicate it on your own face. I have been hesitant to do that because: 1) I’m awkward. In real life, I make it work. On camera, it’s amplified by ten thousand percent. What are my hands doing? Is that REALLY how my voice sounds? Does my nose always look like that? These are thoughts that go through my mind when I see myself on camera or listen to my voice on a recording. Practice might make perfect but there’s also the option of a voice box transplant. I’ll keep you updated. 2) I don’t know if I’m good enough at applying my makeup to show the world (aka my little online following) how I do it. The final product looks glamorous. The process getting there? Far from glam. I watch people on YouTube who make blending their eyeshadow look like an art form. Not to mention there are some CRAZY talented makeup artists out there whose skills are legitimate and flat-out inspiring (more on that below). So I’m not sure if I have the authority to show people how to apply makeup when I myself am still learning. 3) I don’t have the tools. Right now, my makeup blog is my passion project and my happy place when I need to de-stress. I don’t have plans to turn it into a career or anything large-scale, which is not to say I wouldn’t love that. If it were to turn into that, I would be the happiest little Katie in the world. But I’m not banking on that (emphasis on the word BANK) because I like my job and the security of a steady income, Jayme and I are newlyweds who are trying to focus on saving, and I don’t know if this will turn into anything more than me just doing something that makes me happy. Therefore I am hesitant to invest in equipment that would take me to that next level: lighting, a high quality camera, editing software, and the like. That stuff is kind of essential for quality videos, and right now I don’t know if I can afford it. Keepin it real right now, guys! I would love to do videos one day, but right now, it’s a work in progress and if I were to do that, I would really want it to be quality and something I could be proud of. Plus I’m still figuring out if anyone would even watch them besides my mom because she’s my biggest fan. Love you, Mom! ♥
SO, in lieu of me doing my makeup for you, I’m here to introduce you to some of my favorite makeup artists whose full time jobs are showing the world how to do all styles of makeup. Wearable, contoured, dramatic, costume, special effects, glam, natural: you name it, these ladies can do it and do it well. I will admit to you all that I have a bit of an addiction to YouTube makeup tutorials. I could watch them all day. They are to me what TV shows are to normal, well-rounded human beings. I love learning from them, getting to know their personalities, and when you love makeup as much as I do, watching someone apply it REALLY does not get old. Below I will introduce you to my makeup role models and link their YouTube channels as well!
My first makeup role model is Cara Brook of Maskcara. Hers was the first blog I ever followed and the first YouTube channel I was introduced to. She is so real, so down to earth, and SO naturally gorgeous that it’s kind of not fair. Spread the love, amiright? The majority of Cara’s tutorials are so helpful if you are a beginner who wants to learn how to correctly apply eyeshadow, bronzer, eyeliner, etc. She takes the time to show you how to achieve anything from the most wearable five minute makeup to the sexiest smoky eye. Her highlighting and contouring routines are mesmerizing to watch, especially when she uses the foundation that SHE HERSELF formulated and sells on her website. It’s the absolute bomb and it is sitting on my makeup vanity right now. She teaches things in a way that makes you believe nothing in makeup is too hard.
Her YouTube bio:
“I think most people are twice as beautiful as they give themselves credit for. Inside & out. I am on a journey to change that.
A self-taught, Las Vegas–based makeup artist known for the inspiring and dramatic makeovers she conducts on her blog, maskcara.com, Brook is the 2013 winner of Allure’s Beauty Blogger Awards. She recently launched her own line of makeup, called IIID, and was featured in The New York Times on successful entrepreneurial beauty bloggers.”
The second makeup artist is actually a team of two sisters who work under the name Pixiwoo. After years of watching them, I have still not figured out where that name came from and it is a mystery that plagues me to this day. Seriously, it crosses my mind at least five times a week. Their real names are Sam and Nic and they have the most gorgeous British accents. After I watch their videos I find myself unintentionally and very poorly imitating the way they speak because it’s just so beautiful. To say I am jealous would be an understatement and to say they are naturally gorgeous would be an even bigger understatement. They are both trained makeup artists who worked for MAC Cosmetics, and both are two of the most talented makeup wizards I have ever witnessed in my life. They both have their own personal styles and tastes so you might find yourself drawn to one more than the other, but you cannot deny that they are both incredible at what they do. Both Sam and Nic demonstrate wearable looks appropriate for work, running errands, and every day life, but they also do some of THE most enchanting special effects and costume makeup that will blow your mind. Just watching their videos makes me feel like a toddler with a makeup brush but at the same time inspires me to do makeup as well as they do. Sam and Nic are also the women behind the brush brand Real Techniques, and let me tell you I LOVE their brushes. My friend Amber loves them as well, and generally if she loves something, I KNOW it’s good. She’s my makeup soul mate! Their brushes are so soft, so easy to clean, and better yet, they are affordable. They are sold at Ulta, Walmart, and other drugstores. I use their brushes every day and, in a future post, will share which ones are my most loved of their collection!
The next YouTube beauty guru is KathleenLights who is like a little woodland fairy nymph with her petiteness and her absolutely stunning big green eyes. I love watching Kathleen for many many reasons, but three of the main ones are: she uses and loves affordable products, she creates looks that are so simple but so pretty, and she is probably the most adorable and hilarious human I have ever encountered. If she’s even human. Because how is it that someone can be that adorable? I love that she genuinely likes to use cheaper makeup because at times, makeup gurus use drugstore products to appease their followers who cannot afford all high end makeup but you can tell they don’t like using them. Kathleen gives great product recommendations for affordable makeup and you know she means what she says 100%.
“I’m just a 22 year old humble dog lover who happens to have a small obsession with all things beauty!”
The final YouTube beauty star is the woman I would love to meet and casually become best friends with until the end of time and maybe do a Christmas card with because I love her that much. But it’s not weird, I promise. She’s just the only woman I would leave my husband for, but again, not weird. Her name is Jaclyn Hill and the word “fabulous” was most likely coined in her honor. Everything she does is absolutely stunning, everything she puts on her face is flawless, and she has perfect hair. I cannot relate to her in the slightest because she is the queen of everything, BUT she is so entertaining to watch and girl’s got some SKILLS. Jaclyn is a trained makeup artist who can create and wear anything from a simple three product makeup look to a black smokey eye with purple lips and orange cheeks. Okay I’ve never seen her do that but I guarantee it would look gorgeous on her face. She has collaborated with several brands to create her own products AND is in the process of formulating her own makeup line. Umm byeee, paycheck.
“Hi I’m Jaclyn Hill from JaclynHill1 on YouTube. I am a professional makeup artist. I’m young, ambitious & full of life. I post makeup tutorials and makeup reviews on all different holidays and themes, like smokey eye tutorials, how to shape and sculpt brow tutorials, challenges/tags, celebrity makeup tutorials, hair tutorials and more! I hope you love my makeup tutorials.”
These women are my go-to makeup inspirations who encourage me and teach me and amaze me with their talent! If you would like me to do video tutorials, please let me know and I will work to make that a reality! I am so thankful for those of you who read each week and send encouraging words to me. They are more appreciated than you will EVER know. This so fun for me because of all of you! Love you guys so much! ♥
With love and lashes,