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Aisling Keenan: Net some beauty tips

Make-up errors are a thing of the past thanks to YouTube, says Aisling Keenan

Published 23/07/2011 | 05:00

What did we ever do without YouTube? If the number of make-up tutorials on the site are anything to go by, we must have all been useless at putting our faces on.

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Anyone who has ever drawn on wonky eyeliner, wound up with chipped nail polish, or leaky lipstick knows just how valuable help videos can be. The beauty of YouTube is that there's someone, somewhere who had that same issue and decided to lend an advisory hand One inevitably leads to another. I've narrowed them down to my three favourites. Look them up and brush up your skills.

XSPARKAG E www.xsparkage.com

This 22-year-old American isn’t quite the mega-phenomenon that the Pixiwoo girls are, but she has some great videos and she has more than 280,000 subscribers to her channel. Her latest upload is a video review of the new MAC Semi-Precious collection. Reviews like these are great for those who want to see a product in action before buying.



She also does make-up tutorials based on the Disney princesses, which are a little outthere, but entertaining nonetheless and great for little sis.

PIXIWOO www.pixiwoo.com

These girls know their stuff. The Pixiwoo channel is run by two sisters, both make-up artists and award-winning bloggers. They have more than 45,000 fans on Facebook, almost 325,000 YouTube subscribers and a staggering 54.5 million upload views.



They must be doing something right. Whether you want to copy the latest celeb look or try out the latest technique in foundation application, go to their channel and search for whatever you need. Problem solved!

MISS CHIEVOUS www.misschievous.tv

With almost 337,000 subscribers last time I checked, this lady is one popular make-up blogger.



Her regular uploads range from nail polish application tutorials (she has some fantastic videos for home manicures with hints and tips you didn’t even know you needed) to natural relaxed looks for daytime and really dramatic sexy night-time looks



Here are a few of the products for which I’ve looked up tutorials. I always have problems making the best out of natural, nude and brown eyeshadows and with a gorgeous palette such as the Bobbi Brown Tortoiseshell I didn’t want it to go to waste.



Putting on liquid liner is always a minefield and the same with getting a deep lipstick colour just right. I am now a nail-polish pro thanks to YouTube and as for figuring out just what to do with mineral foundation, one or two video lessons and I was an expert.



Happy viewing.



-Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoiseshell Eye Palette, €57.50, from Bobbi Brown counters.



-Barry M Liquid Liner in black, €6.95, from Boots and selected pharmacies.



-Rimmel Lycra Pro nail polish, €5.95, from department stores and pharmacies.



-MAC Semi-Precious lipstick in One of a Kind, €17.50, from MAC counters.



-Bare Minerals Original foundation, €25, from Bare Minerals counters in BT2.





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