Now, attending workshops and certificated programs are great for networking and practical experience. However, there is no internationally recognised certification in MakeUp Artistry. Your work through your portfolio sells you.
Whether your goal is to be better at doing your own make-up or becoming a commercial makeup artist, Youtube is a great place to learn. There are numerous professionals giving away free tutorials and advise. With Youtube, you can get this anywhere, even in the comfort of your home and at your convenience. You can playback until you get it right, and you can ask questions or post comments to get responses from other viewers and the channel owner. All you need is Data.
In no particular order, below are my top 5 YouTube channels for makeup tutorials.
Kangai Mwiti – Bellesa Africa
Kangai is Kenyan and based in Nairobi. She has the most detailed makeup videos for dark African skin. She speaks softly through her tutorials so they are easy to follow and replicate. She also list the products she uses in the description box bellow the video so you can fin the products. I’ve followed this channel for as long as I can remember and I will recommend you do the same.
Dimma Umeh – ThatIgboChick
Dinma is Nigerian and my favorite Igbo chick. I feel like she is that girl I know but I don’t know. Her make-up colour choices and combinations are always perfect for me and her lashes give me life. She’s the girl next door telling you how to beat your face right. Along with tutorials, she also does great beauty product reviews. If you follow no one else today, follow her.
My girl Iris is Hispanic and based in the United States. Her tutorials and reviews are fantastic but I love her the most because she often has a new trick or two one can learn from. She isn’t as dark-skinned as the others I have recommended, but her product and colour choices are often very wearable despite being a little dramatic. She often does seasonal looks for Valentine’s and Cochella, and does a remarkable job of replicating celebrity looks from Jlo, Beyonce and Kim Kardashin. Subscribe to her channel.
Jackie is a Nigerian-American Makeup Artist with the highest following compared to all listed. Along with tutorials, she does some of the best product reviews. If you are trying to decide whether or not to buy a product, Jackie is your girl. Our Yoruba sister has been making makeup videos for the past 7 years so she is a professional and knows what shes talking about. She is very entertaining while being honest. So if Jackie says its good, you get it. Her make-up is often too bright for me, but her product recommendations are everything.
Tatiana Ward – Beat Face Honey
Tatiana Ward is a Celebrity Makeup Artist & Educator. She has worked with Nicki Minaj, Wendy Williams, Keyshia Cole, Sevyn Streeter, Jazmine Sullivan and many others. She doesn’t make as many Youtube videos anymore but is a great teacher who gives excellent advice on makeup and becoming a professional makeup artist. I’ll suggest you check out her old videos. You are sure to learn a lot.
Between these five women, you’ll learn everything you need to know about wearing make-up perfectly. If you don’t, here are a few more channels to follow:
Too Much Mouth
Learning to do your own make-up can save you a lot of money, especially when you’d like to look your best, whatever the occasion. Take time to invest in yourself. Thirty minutes once a month (for a year) spent watching makeup videos on YouTube will make you exceedingly happier in front of your mirror.
This is my last post on this Make-up and Beauty series, I hope all of this has been useful to you in some small way. As usual if you find this helpful, remember to share. In the mean time, leave me a comment and let me know if you followed anyone on my list.