- Family member- 111 (28%)
- Friend- 23 (5%)
- Makeup Class/expert- 10 (2%)
- Instructional videos/websites- 71 (17%)
- Magazines/books- 49 (12%)
- No Teacher- 131 (33%)
I must admit, I'm a little surprised by these results. It appears many people picked up their first piece of makeup and started applying it with no indication from anyone/anything of how to use it at all. I know many people refer to themselves as "self-taught"... simply meaning they have no formal training but may still used other makeup resources to learn. But if these are the results, these are the results I suppose! An extremely small percentage answered makeup class/expert, and I didn't really think that category would get a lot of votes. I would imagine many people do at least a little experimentation before getting professional instruction.
As for my answer- I fall into the Family Member category. Before I was even of the age to wear makeup, I recall my mom putting it on and watching her, looking through her stash, and being there when she was placing an order from Avon. When I first applied makeup, she had a hand in it, telling me what type of blush to use or a certain kind of lipstick. Soon after that, I sought out magazines in my quest for makeup knowledge. I think it's where I first developed my obsession for testing out different types of products because mags like Seventeen, Teen, or YM (is that even around anymore?) would recommend stuff. If you enjoy my reviews & recommendations- thank my mom... she was the one who allowed the drugstore product experimentation to begin back in high school. Every now and then I'd pick something up, go home and play with it, read a magazine, get something else, play with it.... and the cycle just went on and on. It continued into college... around that time I started reviewing products on a website called makeuptalk.com. A great place for reviews & message boards. It wasn't until just a few years ago (when I started my job in news) that I discovered the makeup world on YouTube. So then those videos became another way to learn about products and techniques. I think I learned the most about makeup techniques on YouTube. After learning about different makeup artists, I've also learned through their books... Kevin Aucoin, Bobbi Brown, and Carmindy all have great books- I'll probably do a massive review on those at some point. So basically- I've covered the whole spectrum of makeup teachers, and now I'm fortunate enough to have an outlet to teach others. It's an amazing thing! I hope everyone takes advantage of the many resources and inspirations that are available to them!
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I'm sorry I've gone so long without a blog everyone! I must admit that a certain handheld device has been occupying a lot of my time... AKA my Blackberry Tour! It's awesome!
There it is with Beauty Broadcast on it! I got it Saturday and have pretty much been working to understand everything it is capable of. But once I do, I think it will allow me to keep in touch with Beauty Broadcast viewers/readers much more easily! Tyler already has a Blackberry Curve, so he's now envious of my latest & greatest Blackberry version. This is my first "smart phone" and I'm really enjoying it so far! The screen is amazing and I love how most websites appear just like they would on your computer! Plus there's a great camera on it, and I can do little video updates on the go! How cool is that?! I believe I've used like 99% exclamation points in this section LOL! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone!