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What are the best ways to learn makeup effects?
The second best way to learn makeup effects is through watching YouTube. (The first best way is through practice.)
There are so many talented artists on YouTube.
They teach practically everything you need to know about makeup…for free!
I have a handful of artists that I watch regularly.
If you’re new to makeup effects and want to turn heads, then these are the channels that you must check out now.
My Favorite Makeup YouTube Channels
Kandee is the first makeup YouTuber I ever watched. But that’s not the only reason I put her first.
I love that she has videos teaching many of the basics, and she always offers inexpensive alternatives.
Kandee also manages to put tons of information in a short amount of time, which makes watching all her videos easy.
But what I love most about Kandee Johnson is her positive attitude. She has a way of spreading love that’s contagious!
Click to see a few of my favorite KJ tutorials:
Watch: Barbie Doll Makeup Transformation Tutorial
Here’s another YouTuber I watched early on.
Sadly, Petrilude hasn’t done many new tutorials recently, but the ones he has done are fantastic.
Petrilude’s makeup tutorials span tons of topics, and he uses products that most can get their hands on pretty easily.
I’ve listed some of my favorite tutorials of his. Click through to see for yourself:
Watch: DIY Latex Prosthetic/Appliances
Promise Tamang Phan is the queen of makeup transformations. I mean, this girl knows how to change the shape of her face!
Promise’s channel is full of tutorials that will help you learn how highlights and shadows work.
Just watching her transformations can teach you so much.
It’s really hard to pick a few favorites when she has so many good tutorials, but here’s a few to get you started:
Watch: Mona Lisa Make-Up Transformation
I can’t say enough about this artist. Talented, talented, talented!
She has so many videos of looks that you recognize, but then her creative gene is unlike any other.
I had a really hard time picking just three videos to start you off with. I say…just go to her channel. Now.
Watch: Circulatory System/Heart Makeup Tutorial
Yet another amazing artist, Pinkstylist always serves up informative tutorials for regular folks.
He describes his tools in laymen’s terms, so there’s no guessing what he’s using or how he’s doing what he does.
What I like most about Pinkstylist is how he teaches us ways to make some pretty awesome looks, easily.
Check out these videos:
Watch: The Mime – Makeup Tutorial!
This is an artist you must study.
She has videos teaching you face painting and makeup effects using just makeup, which makes for an inexpensive way of getting great results.
I love that she also has some in depth beauty tutorials, which is an important skill for any makeup artist.
Watch: Halloween Makeup: Pop Art Zombie Makeup Tutorial
Goldiestarling is another of my long time favorites.
She has tons of videos for horror looks and makeup effects.
She also has tutorials on making props as well as tips on the most used products in makeup effects.
Watch: Ghostbuster’s SLIMER Makeup Transformation
Klairedelys has two channels: KlairedelysArt and Klairedelysdotcom. I recommend them both.
The first is dedicated to makeup tutorials. You’ll find face painting techniques as well as special effects tips.
Her second channel is all about making props. Dragon eggs, crowns, masks, I could go on.
Check out some of her work here.
Watch: Lord Voldemort Makeup
I was inspired by anaarthur81 on Halloween, 2014 and recreated one of her looks on my son.
I love that she shows a lot of ways to use face paint to create 3D effects.
She also has some prop tutorials that you should check out.
Watch: Guilded Death
The ladies of Pixiwoo give us tons of tutorials on the basics of makeup.
I highly recommend their channel.
If I need to know how to apply false lashes or create a perfect winged eye, I turn to Pixiwoo.
Their costume tutorials include period makeups as well as Halloween favorites.
Watch: Arab Style Make-Up Tutorial – Haifa Wehbe