Taking YouTube by Storm: 3 Must-Watch Beauty Vloggers
When you hear the term “beauty vlogger” it likely conjures visions of teenage girls broadcasting from their bedrooms and overdrawing their lips to look like Kylie Jenner.
But a new wave of YouTubers are upping the ante, offering serious makeup artistry cred along with slickly produced video tutorials that appeal to a more sophisticated and mature audience.
The new guard of 30- and 40-something beauty gurus eschew shock-value makeovers and fly-by-night beauty trends, and instead focus on the timeless elegance of classic beauty icons and easy, wearable, less-is-more makeup looks. Here, we feature the heavyweight makeup artists taking YouTube by storm, one makeup tutorial at a time.
Lisa Eldridge, Lancôme creative director of makeup
Subscribers: +1.8 million
Video Style: Chic, modern and understated makeup
Most popular video: Acne/Blemish-Covering Makeup, +3 million views
Bonafides: A soft-spoken British celebrity makeup artist with a “lull-you-to-sleep” voice, Lisa Eldridge is one of YouTube’s early beauty adopters and has been creating makeup looks on her channel since 2008—well before she was named Lancôme’s lead makeup artist in early 2015. With 20 years experience in makeup artistry, Eldridge’s clientele include such A-list names as Kate Winslet, Salma Hayek and Keira Knightley. In her videos—set against a white backdrop—a makeup-free Eldridge uses herself as a canvas to create looks ranging from the “no makeup-makeup look” to Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup and effortless glam party looks. True to beauty blogger form, in her “In The Kit” series, Eldridge also shows off her favourite products across drugstore and prestige brands, offering pro tips for the best application. For her role with Lancôme, the pro also creates custom beauty videos for its YouTube channel, where she uses the Parisian brand’s products exclusively.
Charlotte Tilbury, celebrity makeup artist
Video Style: Sexy, glam makeup looks with a dash of rock n’ roll
Most popular video: The Feline Flick—Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial, with +2.9 million views
Bonafides: A relative newbie on the YouTube scene, Charlotte Tilbury is an industry vet, having crafted runway, editorial and celebrity beauty looks for more than 20 years. The busy working mom has painted the faces of celebs such as Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna. Perhaps best known for creating bestie Kate Moss’ signature kohl-rimmed “feline flick” eyes, Tilbury offers both everyday makeup tips such as how to choose your perfect foundation to how to channel your inner bombshell with red-carpet-inspired bold eyes and red lips. Tilbury launched a signature luxury makeup line in June 2015 and the products, decked out in rose gold packaging, feature prominently in her video tutorials.
Pixiwoo (Sam Chapman and Nic Haste)
Subscribers: +2.1 million
Video Style: Easy everyday makeup and daring celeb looks
Most popular video: Sophia Loren Makeup Tutorial, 2.2 million views
Bonafides: These fun, 30-something Brit sisters studied makeup artistry and assisted their makeup artist aunt on editorial photoshoots before launching the Pixiwoo beauty channel on YouTube in 2008. Since then, they’ve amassed a huge catalogue of 700+ video tutorials that offer a little something for everyone, from easy, natural makeup to Angelina Jolie-inspired beauty and glitzy evening looks. While these ladies are masters of transformation (a Kim Kardashian-inspired wedding makeup video is one of their most popular), their “Makeup Basics” series, with topics such as how to fill in brows or get the perfect smokey eye, truly show off their pro technique. The sisters are also the founders of Real Techniques, a pro level line-up of affordable makeup tools and brushes, for which they also have a YouTube channel where they offer advice on stippling your way to gorgeous skin. The duo has also assisted makeup artist stars such as Val Garland backstage at runway shows during London Fashion Week.