I remember when I was little watching one of those makeover shows, it was something like ‘What Not To Wear’ or maybe ‘Extreme Makeover’ or something like that. Anyway I was fascinated by how seemingly plain looking women could become these Amazons of glamour and beauty. It was one of these shows where I first saw Lisa Eldridge working her magic and I’ve been a super fan ever since.
Back then it was the sheer magic of transforming someones face, now I follow her adamantly to learn how she does that both to other people and to herself. I love sitting down and watching her transform herself in to so many different characters or addressing so many problems on her YouTube channel. She has a video for just about every kind of complaint, every style of makeup and every desirable technique. Eldridge also has one of those relaxing and soothing voices that just makes you feel like it’s all so attainable.
One thing I love most about Eldridge is that she has some very firmly set lessons about makeup. She’s a proper makeup artist – there’s none of this awful orange contour, blinding highlight striped down the cheek, no squared off brows that fade to nothing. The transformative abilities of makeup gurus who do that style of makeup is amazing and I admire their talent, but there’s real artistry in what Eldridge does; the best part is she performs this artistry with one sole purpose in mind – to make you feel like your most beautiful self. Here are my favourite lessons from her.
There’s so many lessons on Lisa’s YouTube about skincare. She loves it and is always introducing her followers to new, effective products. She’s said in more than one video that she’s tells clients off for not removing their makeup – telling people like Kate Winslet off for something just astounds me! But Eldridge knows the importance of a routine. Sleeping in your makeup is tantamount to stuffing dirt into your pores individually and leaving it there; it suffocates your skin and gives it zero rest from the stress of daily life. The few times I’ve gone to sleep with makeup on I have always woken up with some horrendous breakouts.
Eldridge also loves skincare that’s more topical like treatments for under eye bags, blemish prone skin, she even has a video on makeup and skincare for PMS which has given me some amazing tips for that time of the month. I can’t think of a single skin complaint I’ve had that couldn’t be helped by a tip or product I’ve found in Lisa’s videos. If you don’t know where to start with skincare, get yourself over to Lisa’s blog or YouTube and check out her stuff.
Perfectly Real Skin
Everyone wants to be Photoshopped on the go these days, but I like looking like a real human with real human skin. Eldridge’s philosophy on a perfect base is the same as mine and she’s helped me learn so many great techniques to get a perfect base without sacrificing the human look. For day to day these are the tips I use – it’s OK to use your fingers to blend out your base, in fact some products work better with the warmth of finger tips, and Eldridge proves this with these lessons.
For nights out or shoots or the like there’s some amazing tips for heavier coverage products too, although Eldridge’s ultimate makeup ethos is thin layers. Layering makeup thinly and building up coverage just where it’s needed is the best way to get a flawless look while still maintaining the beautiful parts of your skin. She loves reminding her viewers that makeup is all about you, what you want to do and what you want to look like, and making the most of what you’ve got with the skills she can teach us.
By far the most fun lessons to learn from Lisa Eldridge are her stronger, editorial looks. These videos come from iconic looks throughout history, magazine covers she’s done, special occasion makeup, you name it, it’s there. The best thing about these videos is the sheer volume of lessons, tips and tricks one can learn watching them. Eldridge always does these tutorials in such a way that you can follow along step by step, and there’s always tips for things like different eye shapes, if you make a mistake, or how to alter a look to suit different people.
Lisa Eldridge is my favourite makeup artist, she’s also one of the best artists working today and has been for over 20 years. Her YouTube and blog are a gold mine of hints and tips for getting that makeup artist level look at home on you own, and for product recommendations that are actually worth paying attention to. If you want to learn new things or simply figure out where to start in makeup or skincare, Lisa Eldridge is the woman to go to in my opinion!
Are you a fan of Lisa Eldridge? Who are your favourite makeup artists? Let me know in the comments below!