The Most Realistic Beauty Videos You Should Be Watching

The Most Realistic Beauty Videos You Should Be Watching

The true tutorials you have been looking for.
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As we all know on YouTube, there is a beauty community. A beauty community filled with people filming videos on everything about beauty and makeup, even reviews and routines. I am a YouTuber myself, and although I love watching so many of my favorite beauty gurus, sometimes I want the classic videos back. I don’t mind reviews, in fact, they’re quite helpful when researching a product I am interested in, but I am seeing more reviews than tutorials.

When getting into makeup, you need to know the basics, and how you should choose certain products based on your skin, face shape, and eye shape. Lately, there haven’t been any videos on that; there are very few if you search it. Most of the well-known beauty gurus have done those videos, but when they started out on YouTube years ago, so nothing has been updated in awhile.

If you’re reading this because you’re starting to get into makeup, or you already use makeup on a regular basis but want to expand your knowledge and know how to achieve certain looks, then you’ve clicked on the right article because I am making it easier for you.

Some categories have more than one video because there are either more ways of doing something, more products or explaining something more in depth. I wanted to create this article because I have friends that ask me what is the best product to use for this concern, or how do I know my shapes, etc. This way, all the key videos are in one place, and you’re not searching for hours on how to figure out your undertones, for example.

1. Eye shapes.

Everything that I mention is really important to know, but finding out what eye shape you are is key to know what eyeshadow looks best on you, and what doesn't.

2. Face shapes.

Just like finding your eye shape, finding your face shape makes all the difference. Once you figure your face shape, you can then figure how to apply face makeup that enhances your shape, and what works well and what doesn't. I believe that a lot of people get confused when they try to achieve a contour look from someone else, and they wonder why it doesn't look good on themselves - completely different face shapes.



3. Skin Type.

Do you have normal, dry, oily, sensitive, or a combination of any? Once you find out your skin concern(s), as well as undertones in the next one, you can really figure out what type of foundation you should buy. Also, no matter what your skin type is, make sure you moisturize before applying makeup to your face — trust me, you'll see the difference.

4. Undertones.

Once you figure out what undertone you have, you can then determine what foundation shade you need, and what lip shade, contour shade, eyeshadow shades, and highlights look better on your skin tone.

5. Color Theory.

Undertones and Color Theory really go hand-in-hand with each other. It helps to determine what colors to pair with each other, based on your undertone and eye color. This video goes completely in depth about everything.


6. Brushes.

You have to apply your products with something, right? This video talks about the different types of brushes for face and eye. (The thumbnail looks weird, but I promise it's a good and informative video!)


7. Color Correcting.

I personally don't do this, but I know a number of people are really into it. This shows which colors are used for what skin concerns, and it is to be applied under face makeup. This video compares a drugstore and a high-end color correcting palette.


8. Primer/Setting.

This is something that can depend on your skin type, if you're going to an event, or if you just want your face makeup to apply well, and also have your makeup last longer. There are 3 videos that talk about high-end products, drugstore product, tips and tricks, and eye primers as well. Even if you don't use high-end products or vice versa, I still recommend watching them all, because you never know if the product you're looking for that targets your need, could just be at a different price.


9. How to: blend eyeshadow like a pro.

This is a technique that everyone struggles with (even I still struggle with it sometimes). Although applying eyeshadow to your lids depends on what eye shape you have, and there are so many videos on YouTube on how to apply shadow for a specific eye shape, it is still helpful to know how to blend correctly. Even if the girl in the video has a different eye shape than you, you can still use these techniques when you're blending your own eyeshadow.


10. How-to: winged eyeliner.

If you're not struggling with your eyeshadow, then you're most likely struggling how to create a winged line. This is something that also depends on your eye shape, but I found this technique universal for everyone, and I found that it's an easier way to create a wing, compared to other tutorials I have watched.


11. How-to: long lashes.

We all have different lengths of eyelashes, but anyone can achieve a long, voluminous eyelash look. This is the video that I have learned from on how to properly curl my eyelashes, and how to apply mascara correctly. Want to grow your eyelashes longer? The girl in the video swears by castor oil, but I swear by Vaseline. I have been using it for years on/off, and I am never disappointed. Other beauty gurus also use coconut oil as an alternative.


12. Eyebrows.

An ongoing trend for the past few years to have the cleanest, and most on-fleek brows ever. The first video is finding your eyebrow shape based on your face shape. The second video shows an eyebrow tutorial that isn't super dramatic. I personally don't go for dramatic eyebrow looks, but I picked a look that could be universal for everyone.


14. Concealer.

Concealer is meant for concealing those dark circles and to brighten up that area so you look more awake and fresh-faced. These two videos go together by NikkiTutorials, and the second one goes a little bit more in depth, but definitely watch the first one.


15. Contour/Blush/Highlight/Baking.

These 4 steps can be done all at the same time. Most videos usually include 1 or more of these steps and how to go about them. The first video is using cream contour, and then powder bronzer and highlight. The second video, Jaclyn Hill makes it easy for all of us by including all 4 in one video.


16. How-to: apply liquid lipstick.

Ah, lip products. Something everyone and their mother is obsessed with - literally. I still find that lip products can be hard to apply, especially if you have thinner lips. Although this video covers liquid lipstick, you can still use this technique with regular lipstick.


17. How to: remove makeup.

The most important out of all - how to remove your eye and face makeup. I personally use Simple Makeup Wipes for Sensitive Skin, but I know that others use micellar water, coconut oil or another oil, or any other type of remover out there. Tati goes in depth of what products she uses to remove her makeup, as well as skincare tips.


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8 Easy Ways To Save Money A Little Money Now And A Lot In The Long Run

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As a college student, money is scarce— there's no way around it. We go from Ramen for a straight week to not buying the textbooks we need. So here are some ways to save you a little change now and a lotta cash in the long run.

1. Stop eating out.

I know, it's so hard! Going to grab a bite is such a common thing to do with friends, but those $5-$10 meals are really adding up! Have a meal always made at home or something easy to put together. I normally have pasta made, with a jar of spaghetti sauce and pre-shredded cheese in my fridge. Yeah, it might be lame to be the odd one out, but your bank account and bill-paying you will thank you later.

2. Be a smart online shopper.

Free shipping is a must, so drop your fav website if the shipping costs you $8 every time you want a new staple piece. Nordstrom is the best ever about free shipping, and then many sites have free shipping over a certain amount, like ASOS.

Also, use online coupons and rebate sites! Honey is an extension that finds coupon codes online, and Ebates gives you cash back for however much you spend! And on holidays, they have extra cash back, like Friday the 13th had 13% off on many sites. I literally get checks through Paypal every couple months for over $50!

3. Save some gas.

Simple, time-saving tricks that also save gas are the key! Buy all your groceries at once, drive eco-consciously, and walk and bike places if possible! I live 10 streets away from campus and bike every single day.

4. Thrift store it up!

Thrifting is one of my favorite past times—there can be super fun things to find and your probably supporting a good cause while saving the environment. Need a themed party outfit? Goodwill will be 10x cheaper than Party City!

5. Sell your things.

Not only can you sell old belongings that you don't use anymore on places like eBay and Poshmark, but you can also buy good items at thrift stores (like Ralph Lauren pullovers) and sell them for more online. There's nothing wrong with re-purposing your great finds! I've been selling on eBay for over five years and have made some great money from it.

6. But other's things.

Recently I wanted Lululemon's Swiftly Tech Shirt but didn't want to spend $68-$78 on one. I found quite a few on eBay for an average of $30 in great condition, and now I have way more than I would've been able to afford if I bought them new. eBay has great policies, so if the item says excellent condition and it clearly isn't, you can take it up with the website and most of the time get your money back. Just read the item descriptions and search for listings with great prices! Other places with good deals to buy used rather than new include resale apps, Plato's Closet, and sometimes even Facebook marketplaces!

7. Drink water!

Quit buying sodas from restaurants and the grocery stores—get free water when you eat out and drink tap water or out of a Brita filter to quit buying wasteful bottled beverages. I have a Camelbak water bottle that I carry everywhere, and the only money I ever spend on beverages is a couple dollars for a gallon of milk and orange juice that last me weeks.

8. Budget weekly.

Know how much you can spend and how much you want to save. Don't go over for things you don't need and plan out exactly what to spend on. Any leftover money should be saved for future needs!

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Your Guide to Thrift Shopping Like a Champ

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Thrift shopping is the way to go nowadays for ethical and inexpensive shopping. Second hand shops like Salvation Army and Goodwill not only help in some meaningful charity work and also supplies clothing at attainable prices for people. Now that I've been thrifting for awhile, I can't even stand the often boring and overpriced clothing at most stores, especially with my quirky and unorthodox style. As a seasoned thrifter, here are my tips to finding the best buys at your local thrift shop.

1. PRINTS, PRINTS, PRINTS!

The absolute best thing you can find at the thrift store are the prints. Whether it's a button up, cardigan, or V-neck, the thrift store is the place to find eclectic and vintage prints. Especially for those who are going for a unique look, prints are the way to spice up the button up/sweater combination or solid colored pants.

2.Button Ups and Bulky Sweaters

Bulky sweaters are the usual fare for most people entering a second hand store. However, both the bulky sweater and the button up are by far the best aspects of thrift shop offerings. Button ups usually have diverse textures and prints that make them such great buys at a thrift store and the bulky sweaters either go great with your button up purchase, or have that vintage, 80s dad feel that's been the latest trend.

3. Floral Skirts and More Floral Skirts

The best thing you get for formal wear at a thrift store is a floral skirt. They are a professional length, a timeless pattern, and usually are always popping up at thrift stores. Often overlooked because some may find the floral skirt a tad infantile, they actually can work for a spring style or folksy vibe.

4. Men's T-Shirts and Henleys

The vintage men's t-shirt with the name of that old high school club or community organization is just as good as any graphic t-shirt found at a name brand store. As well, there tend to be band t-shirts or other fare in this section. There tend to be more graphics in the men's department and a great crew neckline that looks great with casual jeans or shorts.

5. Vests

Vests are so much fun at thrift stores. Be it the horrid holiday vest for that cheesy party or stylish add ons for a multitude of outfits, vests are hard to find anywhere but a thrift store. They are an unconventional move and one that often adds flavor to a conservative outfit.

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