How often do you follow tutorials or recreate a makeup look you’ve seen?

I’m often testing new products, and if I’m not, then I’m putting together a color combo that I have in my head or to re-use some products I really liked, so I really don’t end up recreating or following tutorials myself.

— Christine
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Very, very rarely. There aren’t a lot of tutorials for women with very hooded, aging eyes shaped like mine, so I come up with my own looks. Sometimes I’ll get inspired by an eye look, but I have to completely rework it to fit my face. When I do watch tutorials, it’s only for the eye makeup, not the rest of the face.

Yes, right there with you.
I’m seriously considering surgery, but have to save up for it, I might be too old when I finally have the funds though ;D

I don’t normally follow tutorials, but a lot of times I will see a color combo that I will try to replicate or an eyeshadow/lipstick combo that I will note in my mind and try out later that week.

If I’m going out for the evening I have some saved images and I will refer to them to do a look (lots of yours Christine). I love trying new looks it helps me to use my palettes for what they are intended for. I’m not that adventurous to be able to pull together a look on my own.

I did this a lot when I was first getting the hang of makeup- I followed Kevyn Aucoin’s look-books and anything I saw on MTV or in Elle magazine that captured my attention. But by the time YouTube tutorials got big, I’d already figured out that my face shapes don’t end up in tutorials very often! Can’t imagine why, but models with round faces and hooded eyes are just thin on the ground, ha ha.

I had so much fun trying every look from one of the Kevyn Aucoin books years ago. I still love to just leaf through his books now and then. Such a pity he passed away so young.

Only occasionally. Mostly just because my eye shape is different from most eyes in tutorials and such. Also, I’m fairly creative myself with color combinations and placements, so most of the time I just go with my own ideas. But every now and then, I see something I will try to replicate. Usually having to tweak it a bit to allow for my heavily hooded eyes that have almost no mobile lid showing when looking straight forward.

I don’t specifically follow tutorials or make-up look, I just get inspired.
My base and eye brows are always the same routine for me, I know what works. But I’ll try to `recreate` a tutorial or look by incorporating some of the vibes of an eyeshadow look and how it pairs with blush. I always adapt the looks to whatever I have in my collection. I actually do it quite often, I just save on Youtube make-up tutorials, watch them in the morning while I do make-up and try to simulate the vibe.
For example, today I was watching an Allie Glines tutorial with the Mercury Retrogade palette, but I used a pink blush and MAC Greensmoke on the lid, instead of the colors she used.

I think I tend to sit in the middle. I do follow tutorials when I’m feeling uninspired, but now that I’ve recently jumped back into makeup after a 6+ year break, I’m trying to force myself out of my comfort zone and try colors that I would normally shy away from, and to also not be scared to experiment and create something of my own.

I do tend to become a creature of habit though. When I find something I like, I’ll go back to it quite a bit, especially when I’m heading out somewhere and don’t want to “risk” trying something new I’ve not done before.

I don’t even try to follow makeup recreations because my skill level is not the same and my eye shape is different.
I don’t watch makeup tutorials as such.

I’ll sometimes watch Lisa Eldridge for general inspiration. If I copy anything, it’s technique – like blending way more than I used to and using a clean brush to soften the transition between colors.

I appreciate the artistry and the looks achieved .
I am a mainly interested in the performance of the products and the brushes used .
I watch them like a paining demo .

I usually use methods from a tutorial or a book but change the colors to suit my coloring and preferences and coordinate with my outfit. I’ll also use eyeshadow as liner a lot because I don’t have very many eyeliner pencils and don’t have the patience for gel/liquid liners.

Almost never. The only one I distinctly remember is an eye look featuring Makeup Geek shadows that I think I found after googling for swatches of either MUG chickadee or flamethrower because someone was extolling the virtues of orange eyeshadow and I was super scared of the idea because wearing orange clothing looks horrible on me. So I found this gorgeous eye look featuring both and fell in love with it and recreated it. I love orange eyeshadow now.

Otherwise, I’ll take a tip/trick from a tutorial or sometimes will try something from the “Here’s a bunch of four-shadow color combos you can try” variety. But most are just too complicated or too dramatic for someone who mostly lives in jeans and t-shirts and is rushing out the door with still wet hair. I’m lucky to plop on three colors of eyeshadow for a look, mascara, some blush, and a lip gloss 98% of the time.

I know how to apply makeup and have kept my looks up to date over the six decades I’ve been wearing it. I derive more inspiration simply by paying attention to people I find attractive than by looking at the online tutorials. I don’t have any problem replicating or adapting looks that I like—no tutorial necessary.

In general I have found most online makeup tutorials to be heavy-handed when it comes to product usage and dishonest in that the special lighting, camera filters, and video editing distort the actual process and result. But, I’m not a complete nay-sayer. I do enjoy watching new product reviews in which the reviewer will also do a makeup look because I like to see how the products perform.

Often. When I get a new palette, first I do all the things coming to my mind. Then I search some tutorials with the palette for some new inspo. I actually do this sometimes to pull out a palette I haven’t used in a while. Helps me get more use out of my palettes.

I follow tutorials if I find something I like and if I can gain inspiration from someone else’s creation that’s a plus, too. Blogs like your’s make wanna be more adventurous.

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