I spend a lot more time on Youtube than I care to admit, and I can safely say that the majority of that time is spent watching Vogue's videos. From 73 Questions to Life in Looks, I think they make some of the most entertaining video content of any magazine. Not only do they show insight into some of my favorite models and celebrities through their Beauty Secrets series, you also get invaluable beauty tips that are typically only available to those with access to the best professionals in the world. Of all 138 videos, here are the best 10 tips I've taken away:
Jeanne Damas has been one of the best French "It Girls" for as long as I can remember. When her Vogue tutorial came out, I was equal parts inspired and irritated that her routine was so effortless. When it comes to curling her lashes, she pushes her lashes slightly to the outside before clamping down, in order to create a doe-eyed effect. Then, for the second curl, she goes closer to the end of the lash creating another upwards curl, further lengthening and feminizing the lash. (P.S.: This video also shows the art of the French lipstick tap - definitely watch until the end.)
You have not enjoyed beauty until you have watched Rihanna's tutorial. I've easily seen this one ten times. After contouring her face and her neck (in a triangle formation), Rihanna uses a bronzer to brighten up and warm her face, rather than making it darker. Going in with a golden hue, apply the bronzer over the contour, on the apples of your cheeks, and then define your eyelids with it. On any given day, your bronzer is the best bet for a natural eye look. Your face will appear sun-kissed and effortless. As Rihanna says, "if [my go-to product] doesn't fit in my purse, I'm changing purses."
Bruna is seriously stunning, so anything she does to her face, I immediately try. When she applies makeup, she starts with a face oil everywhere and then mixes her foundation and moisturizer for an even glow. I've toyed with a few iterations of this tip and found that my ideal combination is moisturizer first, then a mix of my oil, highlight, and foundation into one singular product!
When I think of a California glow, I immediately think of Emily Ratajkowski. While she does use bronzer as part of her routine, she gets the most impact from applying blush all over her cheeks, up to her under-eye, and then across her nose. It looks like you've been gently kissed by the sun, all while maintaining your skin's texture and safety from SPF.
Products I use: Glossier Cloud Paint
Alexa Chung is exactly who I think of when I think "modern cat eye," and her tutorial did not disappoint. When starting the look, take an ink pen and make the natural diagonal extension from the corner of your eye. After making the initial line, close the wing inwards, until you reach the halfway mark of your eye. You want the line to be gradually thinner until the inner eye is completely bare. This cat-eye is still impactful but will actually last all day.
Products I use: Sephora Felt Eyeliner
I had never been able to get a smoky eye right before following this video tutorial. Usually, I'd end up shading in my lid too much that it actually made my eyes smaller. Cindy starts by tight-lining her lid and then smudging it out in a natural arc to create a smoke effect. After sufficiently blending, she adds gold to the middle to brighten the eye, while still maintaining the sultry, smoke achieved from the dark liner and shadow.
One of the things I love most about this series is that it introduces you to people you may not know of yet. Iris Law, daughter of Jude Law and a young model, shared her refreshingly confident, barely-there routine and ended with her tips on creating a bright lip. Before going in with her lipstick of choice, she takes a liner and creates a deep x on her cupid's bow, before tracing the rest of the outline of her lips. Then, she creates little lines going inwards on her top and bottom lip to add texture and dimension. When she applies lipstick over it, the product feels punchier somehow, not to mention makes her lips look triple their normal size.
The thumbnail of this video alone should convince you that you must follow Jessica Jung's skincare tips. She is easily the glowiest person I've ever seen. During her 16-step routine, she soaked three cotton pads with her toner and left them on her face. While toner has always been a holy grail product for me, I've simply wiped my pores with it and been done. After following this step a few times, I've noticed an immense difference in the size of my pores and the presence of blackheads. I highly recommend!
Products I use: Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
Alessandra Ambrosio has led Victoria's Secret for decades, so it was no surprise when her video had a ton of amazing tips to embrace your natural, beachy beauty. Ambrosio exclusively taps her products in, in order to leave them on the surface, and mostly uses her ring finger as it's the weakest. The less pressure you put on your skin, the less likely you are to create wrinkles. P.S.: Another fun tip from this video was to jade roll over a face sheet mask - this way you know you are getting the product deep in your skin!
Products I use: Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
I have medium-thick, semi-dark brows that look best when they're filled in with a deep brown pencil. Filling in without looking cakey is never easy though, so watching Paloma's brow routine finally set me in the right direction. First, she creates a line underneath the brow with a liner. Brushing upwards, she properly disperses the product while also creating a feathery brow look. She then goes in with tinted boy brow (my favorite) to color and fill, before setting with a clear, thick gel. Her brows are my ultimate dream, so following her steps has brought me a bit closer to my goals!
Honestly, narrowing down my favorite tips from all of the videos was hard. They've taught me new things, like brows should match the length of your eyeline, and reinforced ideas that I was too nervous to confidently try on my own, like matching the color of my lips to my cheeks. Beauty is fun, inclusive, and a creative outlet that I enjoy more and more every day. Maybe one day I'll get to make my own Vogue video (ha!), but for now, I hope I've inspired a few of you to try out some new tips and tricks on your own!