I’ve never been a girly-girl. Really, I haven’t. Cosmetics used to be something those other girls used.
I’d look at blusher then look at my already rosy cheeks and say “Shyeah… right“.
Eyeshadow was a frightening thought.
Mascara was a monster I had no control over.
Until last year, the best I could manage was a sweep of brown shadow, a lumpy bit of mascara and a smudge of lipstick that really didn’t suit my complexion at all.
However, with my weightloss, and the desire to grow up and be a lady (at least occasionally), I decided to delve further into the things of face-prettiness.
I will save the details of my current (and currently growing) collection of makeup for another time. For now, I want to introduce you to the gorgeous folk who piqued my interest – and are responsible for the manbeast’s regular cry of “NOT MORE MAKEUP?!” whenever I get a parcel delivered.
Like all of my makeup gurus, I found Marlena on Youtube and I was instantly hooked by her personable style. I loved the looks she posted up. All the tutorials are easy to follow and what’s more, I could make them work for my eyes! Having hooded eyes – one slightly more hooded than the other – makes doing any sort of complex eyeshadow tricksome. Not only does she do wicked tutorials but she’s got her own store and own line of makeup…
Yes, of course I bought some. What do you take me for?
Pixiwoo are actually two people, Nicole and Samantha, sisters from the UK who are hugely popular ladies. I discovered their funky tutorials on Youtube a little while back. They maintain an extensive blog of reviews and swatches and more which I love pouring through, even though I have no hope of affording many of the products that they use. Though it’s because of them that I’d heard of brands like Bourjois – which has several different lines of AWESOME foundation and concealer products.
Those of you who are into the whole makeup scene might very well be familiar with Lisa Eldridge. She also features in the UK version of that “how to look 10 years younger” show… She’s as much as celebrity as the people she makes over. Her tutorials are fantastic with a range of looks from bright to demure . Love, love, love. She’s where my obsession with gold smoky eyes came from. Plus she’s got a voice I could listen to for hours. I think she’d make the Yellow Pages seem like a Jane Austen novel.
Yep, a bloke made it onto my list. There are loads of male makeup artists on Youtube, however Wayne is my favourite. He’s not nearly as…err… um…. flamboyantly fabulous… as the rest. His no-nonsense, straight-talking approach is awesome. He’s so passionate about makeup! His advice on contouring is second to none.
And he does this cute little winky thing that… ARGH… *heartflutter*
Nikkie is a delightful bundle of energy and joy from the Netherlands. She’s only 18 years old but she’s an extremely talented glamazon who is one of the most popular makeup gurus from that region of the world. She is addictive to watch and her tutorials are a real mix of trendy freshness to traditional elegance. Love. Love. LOVE!
Angie is so inspirational it’s not funny. Her dramatic and creative makeups are just out of this world. She’s my go-to for costume make-up ideas as well as regular makeup. She’s a makeup artist and cake decorator extraordinaire!
Vintage Or Tacky
(Cora on Youtube)
I’m not a fan of her tagline (my inner marketing person can’t make sense of it) but I love Cora – LOVE her. She’s cute as a button. She does some fairly out-there makeup looks as well as very wearable every-day stuff. She also does wardrobe reviews in partnership with Torrid (a plus-size American brand) – she’s the awesomesauce all over. I think it was her review on China Glaze nail polish that got me buying my first few bottles…