15 Tips I Learned From Some Great Makeup Accounts On YouTube

15 Tips I Learned From Some Great Makeup Accounts On YouTube

How do I get perfect eyeliner?
Aly Cook
Aly Cook

A lot of people wear makeup on the regular. As one of those people, I've picked up a lot of tips and tricks, especially from the beauty side of YouTube. Whether you're basically an MUA or just starting out, here's a list of tips that you may have never seen!

1. Primer is a must!

If you want your foundation to stay where you put it, you're probably going to need a primer to do so. A primer will create a barrier between the makeup and your skin, and create a sticky base for everything else to adhere to.

2. Skincare is equally as important as makeup.


My motto is to aim for skin so nice you don't need makeup. This doesn't necessarily mean acne free, but having well-moisturized, glowing skin naturally can make you feel as beautiful even without makeup.

3. Get a beauty sponge.

Beauty sponges can be used in a variety of ways and can replace a lot of the brushes you might have in your collection. You can use it to apply foundation, blend in concealer and cream contour, and even press in powders. Because it's wet, it blends everything better using less product and doesn't leave streaks like brushes can.

4. Set liquids with powders.


You may have noticed that your foundation might disappear over the course of the day. As a general rule, everything liquid should be set with a powder to prevent movement. Finely milled translucent powders will do the trick all over the face.

5. Full contour isn't always necessary.

Although I wear makeup every day, contouring is usually not part of my routine. Instead, carefully placed bronzer can give the same effect while still looking natural.

6. Let concealers dry before blending them.

Well, almost dry. The longer you wait, the better coverage you will get from them (as long as they're still blendable).


7. Want to look put together? Just wear eyeliner.

If I were to add one thing that makes me look like I put effort into my appearance, it would be eyeliner. There doesn't need to be a dramatic wing, but liner will bring attention to your eyes and make them look larger, i.e. more attentive.

8. The eyebrows are the window to the face.


If I don't have my eyebrows filled in, call a doctor, because I'm probably dying. Even just keeping them shaped can transform your face. Anyone can benefit from something as simple as a gel, if completely filling them in isn't for you.

9. Set your face with setting spray.

Not only will it lock in your look for longer, but spraying your face with a mist will melt your products together for a more natural, less cakey look.

10. Apply highlighter right after setting spray.

Adding highlighter on a wet face is going to intensify the product more to get that beaming highlight you want. Also, bring the highlighter up to your brow bone. This will better illuminate your face in a more natural looking way.

11. Stick to liquid lipstick if you hate reapplying.


Normal cream lipsticks and glosses tend to slip and slide and disappear after eating. Matte or satin liquid lipsticks tend to stay around for longer, so you don't have to worry if your lipstick has moved from your lips to somewhere else on your face.

12. How do you get eyeliner to look perfect?Concealer.

There's probably a 1% chance I did my eyeliner perfect on both eyes first try. Our faces aren't symmetrical, so applying eyeliner on one eye is probably going to be different than the other and look uneven at first. Swipe on both lines, then match them up by concealing mistakes, not by overcompensating with extra liner.

13. Apply eyeshadow before foundation.


This is especially true if you are using colorful, pigmented shadows, or powders that have a lot of fallout. SImply wipe away extra product with a makeup wipe before doing your base makeup.

14. Don't forget mascara.

If you're not one of the chosen few who already has thick, black lashes, then mascara is going to be an integral step in your routine. If you do nothing else, at least put mascara on.

15. Always take your makeup off before bed.

If you don't like clogged pores and weird residues, then just follow this step. Take care of your skin and your makeup will look better.

Now go on and glow!

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

You can thank me later.

It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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12 Things That Happen When Your Best Friend Is Also Your Name Twin

Double the Sarah is always a good thing.


I feel as people, we either really like people that share the same name as us or we completely hate them. But when you find somebody who you like and has the same name as you, what happens? You become best friends. And some pretty unique things come with sharing the same name as your best friend. So here are 12 things that happen when your best friend is also your name twin.

1. When you talk about them, people assume that you're talking in third person.

Listen if I was talking about myself I wouldn't use my name.

2. You have to use middle and last names in certain situations.

In band, cheerleading, school, work and around our families, we've been Sarah S, Sarah W, Sarah Maria..and so on.

3. You fight over who gets to be "Sarah 1" and "Sarah 2".

I'm slightly older so I feel like I'm the alpha and get the Sarah 1 privilege.

4. You get referred to as the "Sarahs."

Or whatever name you have.

5. You get to caption your pictures as "Sarah Squared."

Basic but necessary.

6. Their parents call you "their other daughter Sarah."

or their other son and whatever your name is lol.

7. People ask you if your only friends with people who have the same name as you.

No, but it's a bonus lol.

8. You get to confuse people when you introduce yourself.

The looks we've gotten when we say that we're both Sarah are great.

9. But you make it easier for other people to remember names.

I mean come on, there's only one name to remember.

10. They feel the struggle when somebody spells your name wrong.

Sarah with the h= the good Sarah, and Sarah without the h= the bad Sarah

11. You both look and respond when somebody says your name.

Uhhh we're going to need yo to be more specific.

12. You have a name twin, and one that you actually like.

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