The YouTube Basics

So the journey begins. I feel like the appropriate place to start is with YouTube makeup tutorials. Why? Because they are free and obviously these people must know what they are talking about- they look great!

These were the three videos I watched: 12, and 3. I pretty much just chose the videos that YouTube recommended, and then the second video had a link to the third, and I’m surprised I was able to stop watching- these videos are addictive. I only watched introductory videos. I’ll save the advanced stuff for later (contouring- I’m coming for you).

My main takeaway was that I need to invest in a lot of makeup brushes! I avoided this by substituting my blender (note: I found out it was a knock off beauty blender, but I don’t think that makes a difference). Also, there seems to be some disagreement about whether to put concealer on before or after foundation.

My pre-video routine was:

  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen (if I remember, which I need to be better about because I’m pale AF)
  • bb cream (applied with fingers)
  • concealer for blemishes (applied with fingers)
  • powder
  • concealer for the eyes (applied with fingers)
  • mascara
  • eyebrow tint/gel
  • lipstick/chapstick

My reasoning behind this order is that when I would apply bb cream after concealer, I would wipe off all the concealer and all the blemishes would show up again. Additionally, I put on powder before my under eye concealer because I feel like powder enhances lines, especially around the eyes, so I figure putting on under eye concealer last means that the powder won’t adhere to it and enhance any eye lines. *I invented this theory and I have no clue if it is valid*

My after-tutorial routine is:

  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen (… ugh I should just start using the moisturizer with the sunscreen already in it)
  • blemish concealer (with blender)
  • bb cream (with blender)
  • under eye concealer (with blender)
  • bit of powder- but only on T-zone now
  • mascara
  • eyebrow tint/gel
  • lip stuff

Essentially, my routine is the same except that I apply my blemish concealer before my bb cream and I have incorporated my beauty blender. I feel like my makeup looks a lot better already! The blender makes everything look smoother and more air brushed as opposed to streaky. Also, I can officially say I don’t apply makeup with my fingers anymore! #improving #barely

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