Favorite Youtubers: Makeup

I’m very new to Youtube but I have been watching for years and recently started interacting with others on the site so I have a new found love for Youtube (not that I needed it). I’m sure you have heard of these wonderful Youtube personalities that I’m about to list below but surely they deserve the appreciation for their continued hard work and dedication to keeping us all entertained!


@shaaanxo – I found Shaaanxo in around 2010 and have been following since, I love her personal style and how that comes across in her videos.

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@Waynegoss – I was first made aware of Wayne’s videos before he did talk through’s way back when and his transformations were amazing! He’s so informative and gives great, short videos featuring the information that you really need to know.

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@Tati – Tati offers a sophisticated side of youtube that I love, she comes across very soothing, informative & genuine. Tati has been one of my favourite channels to watch for about 2 years as I only found her around that time.

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@Samantha – I have also mentioned Sam in a previous blog, I started watching her when she was relatively new to Youtube and loved her content straight away. If you haven’t seen her skin focus videos yet, I highly recommend them!

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@Soph – I only found this channel around a month ago but I am so glad I did, Soph’s bubbly personality comes across on screen and her dry sense of humour is on parr with mine so she’s fun to watch!

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As per usual if you have any awesome recommendations for me please let me know in the comments section below!


@TanyaBurr – I don’t know how I’ve managed o miss Tanya for all these years but I’ve actually only recently discovered her channel. I love how youthful & bubbly her personality comes across in her videos!

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Favorite Insta Accounts: Makeup

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If you are anything like me your probably somewhat of an Instagram addict, it’s the first app I scroll through in the morning after I have uploaded my daily image. For good reason though as I’m always on the look out for new people to follow, old accounts I may of missed or even just looking for some inspiration.

Here’s a list of a few makeup related accounts that I check on a daily basis, if you have any suggestions for me to follow then leave a comment below…

@pennold – Penelope does super quirky, fresh looks using pops of colour! I’ve been following fora while now and her style never gets boring.

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@beautsoup  – I love Molly’s feed, really interesting to scroll through & you can see how original her dead are through her images!

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@makeupandchristine – this feed is flawless, full of beautifully displayed makeup products!

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@kimberleymargarita_ – I adore Kimberley’s account, it’s so colourful and eye catching.

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@ssssamanthaa – I have been in love with this account ever since she did her skin focus videos a few years ago! From what I can gather Sam uses her account as bus/personal so it’s a lovely insight into her personality as well 🙂

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Are You Hygienic? How To:

I’m all for a good self taught makeup artist or stylists in fact some of them are the best in the biz, the only thing that worries me is the possible lack of hygiene. Don’t get me wrong I unfortunately trained with some people who’s hygiene was compromised when it comes to working with makeup but as a self taught MUA keeping products and tools clean is something that is all too often over looked.


Usually when training within a university or private school if you have bad hygiene then you fail however, the social world has seen an influx of top makeup artists who totally misses the ball park when it comes to bacteria & cross infection. Below are my initial go-to steps I take to make sure my work station, products & tools are kept clean.

  • Before you even think about laying out your kit, disinfect your work station (even if you are on location) and then lay down some bed rolls/paper towels/clean towel before you pop your products on top.


  • Have a spray bottle of brush cleaner/alcohol to clean your brushes as soon as you are finished with them.


  • You MUST use disposable wands for mascara.


  • Have a pencil sharpener on hand to sharpen pencils after each use, this includes before popping the lid back on as this can lead to cross contamination.


  • Always try to use a spatula or palette when using lipstick/lip gloss instead of using it directly from the bullet. If you do have to use it directly from the bullet I would recommend giving this product to your client (include it in the price of your services) or at the very least wiping over the bullet with alcohol.


  • The above being said try to use disposable makeup brushes or doe foot applicators when apply lip products.


  • When applying powders in any form i.e eye shadow, loose/pressed face powders etc you must scrape of the amount of your desired product onto a palette and apply from there.


  • Wear gloves! Latex or non latex gloves are available; as we all know a makeup artists hands are their best tools but they also carry a lot of bacteria, I picked this up many years ago after working behinds the scenes on catwalks (not the cleanest of places). It’s a great alternative to dry, cracked hands after applying to much alcohol rub.


  • Always remember to wipe over your products and tools with disinfectant after use/in between each client.


  • Break down your kits as you set it up; put paper towels directly into the bin along with any disposables and discard of straight away and then disinfect your work station as well.


These are just the basics but they do cover a lot of aspects that could potentially cause cross contamination. You will see from my youtube videos that I do apply my own makeup like this when using from my kit but if I am using my own personal makeup I will apply it directly. I hope this helped you gain a little more insight into the hygiene that comes with being a makeup artist!



Kat Von D Comes To The UK

Love her or hate her one thing you can’t deny is that the lady makes brilliant makeup! I am so happy that she has finally bought her cosmetic line to the UK, I have several products from Kat Von D Beauty; lip products being my absolute fave! Although I’m a little late to the party writing about this (launched 13th of Sept), I still think it needs to be talked about; after waiting such a long time (8 years to be exact) I can finally try out the complexion range and find a shade that exactly matches my skin tone without the need to mix my products with a bright white shade to match my skin tone.

Unfortunately I was busy with work when the range actually launched in Oxford St on the 5th of Oct so I am yet to get my hands on some new products, however I will be out hunting them down this week! Hopefully I can get some product reviews up shortly – I’m hoping my expectations aren’t set too high but from what I can see the products are wonderful, I can’t wait to try them out!
You can see the full range that is on offer here http://www.debenhams.com/beauty/kat-von-d