What do you find most helpful in a makeup tutorial?

I really appreciate when people explain why they do something in particular; it’s not necessarily the motion or the what but the explanation on why they’re doing that and how it furthers the technique/getting to the goal.

— Christine
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Same. I’m better with detailed explanation either in video or print versus visual. I tend to remember it better and I feel I need to understand the goal to be able to apply the technique myself. I also find the understanding leads me to be able to tweak to my tastes. I’ve become very finicky as a result.

I also like when they explain what they’re doing, but I also like when they explain why they didn’t do something a certain way and why. I also like when they make a mistake with application and walk through how to fix it.

Because I’m mostly a visual learner, just watching their placement and movements really helps me to learn the physical mechanisms of the look. However, I also appreciate them telling me why this particular strategy or technique works. I was always that kid who asked “why?”, LOL.

I really appreciate when a tutorial is focused on information and learning, not `look at me how I put make-up on my face`. If people don’t have time to make in depth explanation of all steps, even if I learn one thing from a tutorial (or I get reminded of) is enough.

I want detailed explanation of the technique used, why a specific step is done in a specific way, why a specific color or brush is used. I like when sufficient information is given that I can learn how to adapt the tutorial to my specific face shape, skin coloring/undertones, make-up collection. A smoky eye tutorial should teach me to do smoky eyes in general, with any palette or color scheme (brown / grey / green / blue), not with palette A and brushes X, Y and Z.

I think that I have unfair expectations from Beauty Guru’s and feel like if this is their chosen business then they should really educate themselves about the products, techniques, why they do something and also be able to direct a different application for a different eye shape, cheek bone position, etc. I imagine that some people feel that they should know that for themselves and it isn’t the job of the person doing the video to make a video showing every possible placement for each different eye shape, etc. But speaking from my own case, I have very hooded eyes and a large space from my hood to my eye brows but finding that exact problem in a beauty guru and one that I like and can stand listening to, is difficult. I do like that Wayne Goss does a lot of focused videos showing placement for hooded eyes and but he does not have a large space from hood to brow bone. That is probably why I watch Tarababyz because her hooded eyes are very similar to mine but she doesn’t do as many actual tutorial videos. I do like when the “guru” tells us to use any medium matte shade for this step or use any light shimmer shade here. It keeps me from running out and buying every product used to try and get the same look.
I agree with everyone else’s comments , also, LOL!

When they explain what they’re doing and why. I hate tutorials where they just put stuff on their face and don’t say hardly anything. I also like them to tell me the type of brush they’re using, or have it in their notes section.

What I find helpful in a tutorial is an honest opinion of the pluses and minuses of the product, a good explanation on how it can be used, with demo, and a finished look that I could probably do myself.

I like learning the detailed steps and tools they use and why. The slower and more detailed the better for me. I’m always trying to better my makeup skills and love tutorials.

I like it when they compare a new product to a staple that everyone knows. For example, if their showing a coral blush and describing it compared to Nars powder Orgasm, that’s a product a lot of people know and will be able to understand words like “creamier, shinier, more subtle..” and so on.

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