Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube -- a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.
Between a fashion week full of truly minimalist makeup and the launch of Into the Gloss's product line, which has nary a mascara in sight, it's fair to say that those in the beauty world are riding high on the joys of a bare face at the moment. And while it feels incredibly cool to walk out of the house completely unenhanced -- a declaration of self-confidence -- the transition away from a multi-step makeup routine can be jarring.
Inspired by Amanda Seyfried's look in the movie "Red Riding Hood," YouTube star Tanya Burr made what I see as the perfect pared-down makeup tutorial a few years ago, back in 2011. Because Seyfried's character is running around in the snow in olden days -- year unclear, but pre-mascara times for sure -- the makeup team made her look like she really wasn't wearing anything. That translates to pink lips (chapped from the cold), rosy cheeks (ditto) and a touch of blended brown eyeshadow (sleep deprivation from the stress of living in a village terrorized by a werewolf?).
Burr does use foundation to even out her skin tone. That step is totally up to you, although a little concealer around the nose and over any spots never hurt anyone. She also suggests that blondes use mascara to darken their lashes a bit -- but again, not mandatory. As a blonde, I've really gotten into defining my eyes with a bit of shadow to add interest and skipping the mascara. Pushing the envelope in a big way, I know.