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From crafting the perfect eyeliner flick to the finding the right foundation: a beginner's guide to YouTube beauty tutorials


With the myriads of beauty blogs and vlogs available online, it is hard to know where to start the search for a quick and simple, easy-to-follow tutorial.

The phrase 'beauty tutorial' itself will dig up over 37 million results on Google, and some six million of these are YouTube videos. You could (probably) watch beauty tutorials on a loop for the rest of your life.

So how do you know which tutorials to invest your time in? Perhaps you want to conjure up a smokey eye in time for a big event or learn, once and for all, how to apply lipstick without smudging (we'll get there one day, guys).

Whatever knowledge you're after, we've done the homework for you and scanned countless vlogs to bring you this definitive edit of eight basic tutorials. From shaping your eyebrows to finding a bargain foundation, welcome to your whistle-stop tour of the best fuss-free videos online right now.

How to do the perfect eyeliner flick

Who: Michelle Phan is an American beauty blogger who publishes tutorials for her eight million YouTube subscribers.

What: This is the ultimate guide to using eyeliner, from a breakdown of the different types available to drawing a variety of shapes.

Top Tip: Imagine an invisible line that you draw over when creating a cat-eye flick.

Reader Recommendation: "I absolutely love this video. It actually gives you a visual on where to line your eye."

How to find the right foundation

Who: Sam and Nicole Chapman are the two founding sisters of Pixiwoo, one of the UK's most successful beauty blogs. 

What: This video is a guide to (almost) every type of foundation currently available on the high street. Whether you have oily skin, dry patches or simply normal skin, you will find an affordable brand for you, plus learn how to apply it.

Top tip: Your skin won't match the same shade of foundation across different makeup brands.

Reader recommendation: "I'm currently burned out on all the heavy makeup looks. This is perfect!"

How to apply lipstick that won't smudge

Who: American beauty blogger Alli has a comprehensive series of makeup how-to videos on her YouTube channel.

What: This tutorial provides an in-depth look at how to apply a long-lasting pop of colour to your lips.

Top Tip: Use a lip balm and a cotton bud to exfoliate your lips before you start.

Viewer recommendation: "THIS WAS INSANELY HELPFUL!!! thank you!!!"

How to fill in your eyebrows

Who: A self-proclaimed "YouTube Ninja", Desi Perkins creates beauty vlogs watched by millions.

What: This easy tutorial handles how to fill in all types of eyebrows, using a range of products so you can decide what works best for you. We love the dramatic music that builds up throughout, too.

Top tip: Synthetic makeup brushes work best with gels.

Viewer recommendation: "I give up on my brows long time ago. Just cuz of this video I will try one more time"

How to create a healthy glow

Who: Former investment banker Patricia Bright makes fashion and beauty videos.

What: This easy guide to strobing will help you achieve a healthy glow in a flash.

Top Tip: Make sure you use a good concealer first to get the most out of your highlighter.

Viewer Recommendation: "Been loving the strobing trend - so much easier than contouring! Perfect for Autumn when my skin gets a bit drier, too."

How to do the ultimate smokey eye

Who: Lisa Eldridge is a world-renowned makeup artist and author of a bestselling beauty book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup.

What: This video is a straightforward, fuss-free guide to the art of creating a smokey eye. Even better, you only need three products.

Top tip: Blend eyeshadow on the back of your hand before you apply it.

Viewer recommendation: "Seriously one of the most achievable, wearable smokey eye tutorials I've seen."

How to cover imperfections

Who: Jen Chae, known as From Head To Toe, blogs about all areas of beauty.

What: This handy tutorial covers how to hide spots, redness and under-eye circles, all in under 10 minutes.

Top tip: Don't use hydrating creams on spots as this will irritate them further.

Viewer recommendation: "You slay!"

How to do three quick hairstyles

Who: Mimi from the Luxy Hair blog creates easy how-to hair tutorials.

What: This is a quick-fire, three minute tutorial on how to speedily craft three different hairstyles. You may have to do some brushing/straightening prep beforehand (which is not included in the video) but the methods for creating the styles are simple to follow.

Top Tip: You can get very creative with bobby pins (see our in-depth guide here).

Viewer recommendation: "Saved my life."



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