Beauty Blog: Becoming your own makeup guru

shutterstock_137497586Our Beauty Blogger Catherine McCurry on using YouTube for make-up tips…

ALMOST half of the population wear it everyday, but very rarely are we taught how to use it correctly.

Makeup is all about trial and error, finding out what colours and shades suit your skin tone and experimenting on the products available to us.

Women spend hundreds of pounds every year on makeup, investing in expensive foundations, bronzers and highlighters but when it comes to applying makeup, it has always been self-taught and finding out what works for me.

Some women have a natural and artistic flare to applying their makeup, others are trained professionals, some have their standard day and night routine while the unfortunate few get it all wrong.

It can be an intricate process with sometimes frustrating results so if you want to improve without splashing out then video social site YouTube has plenty of tutorials and tips for all different types of makeup brands.

With all the online video blogs it has never been as easy to learn new ways of applying makeup from the professionals and the amateur self-taught makeup lovers.

YouTube has a massive video library full of comprehensive makeup tutorials and it’s an easy and inexpensive way to learn from the best. From eyeshadows, eye liners, foundations and bronzers, to day makeup, wedding and pub looks, it’s all covered.

I’ve uncovered a few of the most popular YouTube beauty bloggers.

One emerging YouTube favourite is reality star Lo Bosworth who made her name on MTV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills.

Her natural look appeals to anyone wanting to learn the basics and also advises on what makeup tools to use.
Cassandra Bankson who also works under the name Diamonds and Heels14, became a YouTube star after her video on how to cover acne went viral attracting over 20 million views and now the model has released a host of videos covering everything from makeup to fitness tips.

She also does a great piece on flawless skin routine on how to cover scars and spots and those with oily skin and blackheads.

If it’s just the basic makeup skills you want to brush up then search for sisters Samantha and Nic Chapman who are the makeup artists behind Pixiwoo. They cover looks from a host of celebrities and have an easy-to-follow piece on how to fill in brows.

One of my favourites is Lauren Curtis. She covers a wide range of tutorials from natural looks, to smokey eyes, the ‘no-makeup’ look, the popular dark plum lips and the contouring and highlighting.

It always helps when you have similar hair colour and skin tone to the person hosting the video.

For a man’s view, try Wayne Goss who is a makeup artist. He too aims to conceal blemishes and gives tips on defining and contouring.

The videos are a cheap and effective way to becoming your own makeup guru.

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