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I learned some pre-YouTube tutorial days mostly by just seeing someone else’s eye makeup applied and liking the shape or style, then mimicking it later on – then lots and lots of practice. Some of the people I liked looking at their looks for started YouTube channels, so I’d watch them here and there. I also had Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces books, which I had gone through before I even had makeup to apply, but I didn’t really visit it much once I had it (go figure!) for quite some time.

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Hello Christine,

I live in France and I like you !!

Anyway, To answer your question I’ve learned with youtube (of course it was the biggest source of expenses makeup ^^) and especially with a lot of practice and many failure but at least, now, i know for what I waited and wanted as makeup.

Kisses of France!

PS : Sorry my english is not very well

youtube & back when people posted looks on the mac_cosmetics livejournal! and a few blogs too haha!

Good old experimentation, trial and error and winging it! Sometimes I would try to copy makeup from the models in magazines too. Then I found Temptalia and YouTube. I’ve learned so much from this blog and all the videos I’ve watched. I’m addicted!

When I was 13 (way back in the stone age), there was a school called the Barbizon school of Modeling. I begged my mom to take classes there, and she let me! So every Saturday for about 6 weeks, I would take the train, by myself to Philadelphia and walk to the school (with my box of Barbizon approved products) where they would show me and a bunch of teenagers how to put on makeup.

I used to take a makeup lesson just to learn how to do my own makeup. However, I don’t really like the look my teacher taught me; I find it’s too heavy. Also, I am not improving a lot after the lesson as I am not allowed to put on too much makeup (bb cream, mascara, eyeliner, blush only). Now I am studying overseas and my parents are far away, I can sneakily buy makeup and learn how to put on makeup. Mostly I learn from youtube or pinterest.

Just tons of practice! Sometimes I’d try out looks I saw in magazines. Eventually I learned to apply colors with a lighter hand!

By sneaking into my parents’ bathroom and playing with my mom’s makeup, I started getting into it at around 3-4 years old!

Then by reading magazines and trying to copy any look I liked… Then I got some makeup books, and now I like to watch makeup tutorials on YouTube for fun.

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For me, it was more about having the time to devote to makeup application. When I was younger, I would slap on just enough makeup to look polished and professional and I was also involved in athletics–running and riding–so wearing makeup in a non-work environment was not a priority. I didn’t connect with my inner artsyfartsy until I was in my 40’s and illness forced me to change my lifestyle quite significantly. Of course, modern technology has been a huge help as well with terrific resources such as this. I keep honing my skills and now I am most definitely the ‘guru’ within my group of women friends.

Oh you know, like the most of us, just trial and error throughout the years 🙂 In 2011 and 2012 I also took professional make-up classes though, before I became a make-up artist.

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I started learning as a little kid! My mom used to host Mary Kay parties and she’d humor me and let me sit in and apply makeup with the ladies.

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Trial and error. So much error. By the time I got around to youtube tutorials I already had a decent handle on how things work. Reading blogs and watching tutorials over the past two years has really upped my game though!

YouTube definitely helped in terms of where to start and brushes and products, but I have a long way to go in terms of perfecting my application. My trial and error and practice, I’m getting better at makeup.

From youtube, before that I didn’t knew what to do with eyeshadows or anything!
Later I bought a Bobbi Brown book and it’s really handy and love the everyday natural look.

No YouTube back in 1958 when I first started playing with makeup. Makeup tutorial? What was that? LOL I learned by copying the looks I saw in movie magazines and fashion magazines. Movie stars seldom appeared in public without being perfectly made up and coiffed and so they served as beauty and style icons. I’d cut out and save the pictures of looks that I particularly liked and paste them in a scrapbook for reference. Then, practice, practice, practice 🙂

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