I’m a late bloomer when it comes to makeup. My two essential items had always been foundation and blush — maybe gloss if I wanted to dress it up. Then, just over a year ago, it happened.
I discovered the world of makeup tutorials on YouTube!
At first, I was just amazed by the amazing transformations that these wonderful ladies (and sometimes, men) would do. I mean, who doesn’t love seeing those befores and afters?
But then I started wondering to myself — could I do that??? I started experimenting. I’d watch a tutorial and then try the look on myself. Eventually I got the hang of things, building my makeup collection at the same time.
You can learn just about anything on Youtube… As for makeup, it’s a great place to learn the basics, like how to apply eyeliner, brow shaping, how to create a classic smoky eye, etc.
But what I especially love about YouTube are all of the random little makeup tricks.
Here are five of my favorites:
1. Without a good base, just don’t bother
Click the picture above to see Loulud81‘s review of different eyeshadow bases and primers.
I never used to wear eyeshadow because it didn’t seem to do much for me. Either the colors wouldn’t show up on my Filipino skin, or they’d fade away before lunch. Then, I learned about eyeshadow primers and how they help prevent shadows from creasing and/or fading. Now, I literally will not apply eyeshadow without a base. Two popular ones are Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
There are also other eyeshadow bases you can use on top of your primer that will really help intensify colors and make them “pop”. Some examples are MAC Paint Pots and Shadesticks, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, and Make Up For Ever Flash Colors.
I also typically use a primer for my face. It helps to smooth out my skin and make the foundation last. I love the silky feel of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, but I haven’t been too thrilled with the $36 price for one ounce.
Here’s a secret — try the Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. I think it works just as well as it has similar ingredients (i.e. dimethicone). I know that some of you may be scared by the brand (NOTE: This is not the yeast infection version), but just trust me on this and give it a try. You can find it at any drugstore (or even Target), and it’s much cheaper, around $8 for 1.5 oz.
Click the picture above for kitcat627‘s review of the Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.
2. Paintbrushes are not just for paint!
Click above to watch EnKoreMakeup‘s comparison of MAC brushes and paintbrushes.
Personally, I love my MAC brushes. I do believe the quality justifies the price. But not everyone can afford a single eyeshadow brush that costs over $20. One alternative – head over to Michaels or a similar craft store and check out their paintbrushes. Specifically, the Loew Cornell line has a variety of brushes that are very comparable to MAC brushes at a fraction of the cost. As an example, the Loew-Cornell 270 3/8″ Maxine’s Mop artist brush ($4) is almost identical to the MAC 239 eye shader brush ($25), as shown in the video below. And my favorite go-to brush for lining my eyes with gel eyeliner is the Loew-Cornell 485 large tear drop brush ($7).
3. Making the most of your MAC palettes
Click above to watch MakeupGeekTV‘s tutorial on depotting a MAC eyeshadow using a flat iron.
My very first MAC eyeshadow was Print which was recommended to me when I asked how to create a smoky eye. I quickly then became hooked on MAC eyeshadows and started my collection, immediately buying them in pan form to use with their palettes. But I still had my lonely Print eyeshadow in its little pot.
Well, thanks to Youtube, I learned how to depot the shadow to add it to my palette with the others. It was actually quite easy. The video demonstrates using a flat iron to melt the adhesive, but I used a household candle (be careful!).
The other handy trick I learned was maximizing the most of your palette. This large MAC eyeshadow palette will hold 15 shadows. If you want to save money and conserve storage space, just pop out the inner tray. It’lll give you more room to hold a total of 26 shadows!
Click above to watch Petrilude‘s quick tip on expanding your MAC palette.
4. Scotch tape on your face? Yep!
Click above to watch xSparkage‘s makeup tutorial on a “Tinsel Twinkle” look using glitter
It’s holiday time, so there’s probably a lot of you pulling out your scotch tape for wrapping presents and whatnot. Well, guess what? That scotch tape can be a handy tool in applying makeup as well.
Say you decide to dazzle it up for a night on the town with some glittery, sparkly eyeshadow. Inevitably, you’ll get fallout and may end up with glitter all over your face.
No problem. Just take a piece of tape, and gently apply it to your face. It will pick all that glitter right up. Same concept as one of those lint rollers.
Or, say you want to get really dramatic with a sharp edge effect to your makeup. Use scotch tape to help create that clean edge, just like using blue painters tape before painting a room. One suggestion — you might want to first apply the tape to somewhere less sensitive, like your arm, to eliminate some of the initial “stickiness” before applying to your face.
Click above to watch xSparkage‘s makeup tutorial on a dramatic Lady Gaga look
5. Cosmetics Company Store, the mecca for discounted high-end cosmetics
Click above to watch VanityEdge‘s tour of her local CCS
One of my favorite discoveries through YouTube is this wonderful place called The Cosmetics Company Store.
It’s a chain located at various shopping outlets (you can find all of their locations here). I guess they primarily sell the Estee Lauder line, which includes not only Estee Lauder but their other brands like Clinique, Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown, and my personal favorite — MAC!!!
The beauty of the stores are that not only do they sell discounted makeup, but they sell discontinued products as well, and since MAC has so many collections that include limited edition products, you can really score!
They also sell some of MAC’s permanent products. I typically only purchase the MAC stuff and from what I can tell, they are usually priced at about a 30% discount (awesome, right?).
Next time you’re outlet shopping, make sure to look for The Cosmetics Company Store!
Hope this helps some of you! What are your favorite makeup tricks? Please post them below so we can all learn from each other!