Another thing I'm late to the table for… beauty blogs.
I've never before had the patience for YouTube videos, and never think things were quite as funny as evvvverybody swears they were (Do NOT show me Charlie Bit My Finger) but, I've recently discovered my new favorite way to unwind (sorry Pinterest), and it's watching beauty videos on my iPad in bed. Zzzz
I tend to favor the British bloggers, maybe it's their soothing accents, but these girls seem to have a monopoly on the best beauty blogs and vlogs, and there are quite a few of them!
PixiWoo These sisters are industry pros and have great studio-polished tutorials, with a fun chatty repartee, a great catalog of looks, and great lighting (essential for my film industry eye to stay interested, I need production value) and these girls are funny! In addition to their amazing and affordable brush line Real Techniques, they have a few other channels, they seem to be a Youtube media empire in the making. I'm loving the show Dating Dilemmas on Body Talk Daily -it's kind of brilliant.
Lisa Eldridge THE QUEEN. I've been on a LOT of photo shoots, and while most people would be in awe of the actors or models, I'll never forget my first Hollywood shoot. It was Emma Stone for Revlon, I was assisting Petra Flannery, and Gucci Westman was the makeup artist… Emma's great of course, but I was more struck by the major stylist and makeup artist talents on set (I'll tell you about my trip to SeaWorld with Ken Paves and Mai Quinn another day) So, in addition to Gucci, Lisa Eldridge would be my next makeup artist crush. Her videos on Youtube are the most informative and professional tutorial you can ever hope to get- it's the kind of advice only A-List actresses get while in her chair. Frankly it amazes me she has time to make them between cover shoots for Glamour and setting looks for Paris Fashion Week.
I Covet Thee is the charming Alix, whose crisp and well-lit videos are for the every girl. So many Youtubers overdo the makeup application with heavy foundations, crazy contouring, and strips of false lashes (thanks a lot Kim K), but Alix keeps it fresh and natural, but isn't afraid of a bold lip and eye. Her makeup looks are my favorite to try, and I find her calm demeanor easy to watch, and I think this girl has a big career ahead of her.
Viviana Does Makeup has the energy and charisma to make me want to get enthusiastic about that new Bourjois cream blush (which damnit I can't get in the US!) Anna is a prolific blogger who's posts I read, and her recommendations and favorite videos are just adorable fun. I have to say, I never understood the whole 'vlogging' thing (who cares where I got coffee on Wednesday?) but Anna has the bubbly personality to have me watch. She often teams up with her friend Lily Pebbles for the occasional video, and they are two peas in a pod! How is watching two girls from the UK shop at a Duane Reade so entertaining? Lily writes great opinionated beauty recommendations, and her vlogs make me want to visit London again!
And my girl Cassi Hurd! She and I have been working on movies together since we were… hm… what 20? Could we even get into the wrap parties without a fake ID? Cassi is a New York City makeup artist and hairstylist who'll never loose her southern roots (or accent!) She writes a LOT on her blog, from beauty recommendations, to fashion critiques, to how to do totally attainable hairstyles. She's a real pro, so if you want to know what's trending backstage at NYFW, or which tinted moisturizer will actually withstand the heat of SoHo in July, check her out.
Are these blogs the new reality TV? Or… just to me since they've been around for years and I've just discovered them…