Once upon a time, if you wanted great makeup tips you had to A) sign up for a cosmetology class, B) shell out for a makeup artist or C) make friends with somebody who could grace you with their superior beauty knowledge. Dark times, friends. Lucky for us, we're now one click (and the occasional YouTube ad) away from a wealth of beauty experts, ready to lend a hand with even the most obscure makeup quandaries. But with such an embarrassment of riches, how are you supposed to decide which videos deserve a spot in your late-night playlist? Below, we've collected 11 A+ examples of makeup knowledge you absolutely need in your life.
Eyeliner is an amazing tool in your beauty arsenal — and there are about a thousand ways it can go wrong. In this video, Tina Yong covers some of the most common foibles and how to fix them, showing the techniques side-by-side so you can really see the difference. Her tips include everything from choosing the right color and maintaining your pencils to where, exactly, you should line to enhance your eye. All of them are designed to work well with monolids and hooded eyes, but those aren't the only shapes that will benefit from her expertise.
Despite how it may sometimes seem, beauty vloggers aren't some special breed of flawless-skinned demigoddesses who never get pimples, and vlogger Mamichula8153 has experienced that personally. Not that you'd ever know it from watching her videos, thanks to the series of products and techniques she's come up with for covering her spots (without looking like she's wearing a flesh-colored makeup mask). As an added bonus, all of the products she features come straight from drugstore shelves, so there's no need to break the bank to follow her tips yourself.
Maybe you stayed up late catching up on "The Walking Dead," but that doesn't mean you want to show up to the office looking like a zombie. Model Recommends, the YouTube account of former fashion model Ruth Crilly, tapped makeup artist Caroline Barnes to demonstrate how she keeps the perpetually jet-lagged supermodels and celebs she works with (think Emma Watson and Diane Kruger) from looking like they spent all night on a plane. She goes into lots of detail explaining the process, which makes this video the next best thing to a private lesson.
Five years ago, liquid lipstick was what happened when you left your favorite Ruby Woo in the glove compartment in the middle of July, but nowadays, these long-wearing formulas are everywhere. Since the wand-based formulas are so different from classic lipstick (and stick like glue once you've got them on), vlogger Nikkie Tutorials walks you through everything you need to get those lines social-media-perfect and how to correct them if you color outside the lines a little on the first try.
Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop highlighter collaboration with Becca sold out in literal minutes, so naturally she's the go-to gal for amazing highlight and contour. Despite the title, this look is the kind of minimal that relies on two different artfully applied shades of concealer (which is to say, not minimal at all) but it if you're craving that pristine "no-makeup makeup" style, this routine crafts a look that you could actually wear out sans reality TV-level lighting.
If you're still confused about what to do with that color correcting palette you got for your birthday, Jen from From Head To Toe has you covered (literally). Her bubbly attitude and smart use of graphics make everything easy to understand, even if you flunked out of high school art class.
We're all about subtle makeup, but sometimes you just need a lewk. This smoky bronze eye by Sona Gasparian splits the difference, serving up some beauty blogger realness that you could actually wear to date night.
LBR, some of those hot makeup trends that have taken over social media are really most flattering on 20-something skin (looking at you, ultra-matte makeup). So it's refreshing to see a legit tutorial aimed at those who may be slightly beyond that demographic. Sister duo Pixiwoo brings beauty even more into the family by showing off tips for adapting makeup to more mature skin on their mom in this video. The techniques are simple and doable, focusing on helping the skin look dewy and plumped and bringing out the best in your bone structure.
Bold brows are an internet obsession, but you need to know what you're doing if you don't want to veer into Groucho Marx (or evil Disney villain) territory. Here's MayraTouchofGlam’s simple step by step technique (which she performs on a sparse set of brows, in case you were worried this was only for the brow blessed). It includes plenty of close-ups so you can see exactly what’s happening.
Celeb makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has worked with the likes of Kate Winslet, Lily Collins and Victoria Beckham, so you know she's a master at enhancing natural beauty. In this video, she serves up everything you've ever wanted to know about finding a your-lips-but-better lipstick shade, giving examples of what too-light and too-dark colors look on the skin to act as guide, as well as tricks for picking out the right shades while shopping and what kind of makeup to wear them with.
If you think glasses don't change the look of your makeup, you've probably got 20/20 vision. For those who spend their days behind specs, Canadian vlogger LoveNana has you covered. As she expertly demonstrates, nailing the whole glasses-with-makeup thing is all about keeping things simple and focusing on perfecting your skin with a precise application of foundation, blush and contour.