With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Michelle Phan has become one of the most known YouTube makeup artists to date. For years, she has taught us all about contouring, the perfect way to put on liquid eyeliner, and even how to take selfies.
Aside from being one of our personal favorites, the 26-year-old makeup artist has already packed in a number of achievements under her belt.
In conjunction with L’oreal, Phan recently released her own makeup line called EM Michelle Phan. After purchase, customers of EM Michelle Phan products are encouraged to upload videos of their own “looks” and share them with one another.
In 2012, Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN (For All Women Network) – a women’s lifestyle network in which guest hosts produce videos about makeup, cooking, fitness, fashion and careers.
But Phan’s fanbase certainly extends beyond women and the following men have decided to show that off to the world. Three brave souls decided to take on one of Michelle Phan’s makeup tutorials with no previous makeup experience.
The results? The boys were left with black eyes, smeared makeup, and a new-found appreciation for girls who have mastered the art of makeup. Check it out for yourself:
Benefits: SPF 30, adenosine and arbutin to fight wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, pearl mineral powder, anti-oxidant and moisturizing ingredients.
Review: This BB cream from the established Korean cosmetics brand has a creamy, almost silky, texture. As with most BB creams from Korea, the shade is on the light side, but this offers good coverage. The finish is dewy.
Overview: An editor favorite with a good range of shades for Asian skin (including deeper tones) and an innovative application tool.
Shades: 6 (from 01 Porcelain to 06 Maple)
Benefits: In addition to hydrating and protecting, this BB cream is formulated to be applied with Cailyn’s BB perfector (purchased separately), a vibrating tool with antibacterial puffs to “buff” your way to perfection.
Review: The formulation has a medium-light texture that sinks in fast on skin. It leaves a nice, dewy finish. The 02 Sandstone shade is more olive than golden, and it doesn’t leave a pale, masky look. It’s a good color for East Asian skin. One of our favorites.
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Benefits: Anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10, SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection, colorless naturally derived silicone base, specifically formulated for men’s skin (dry, normal or oily).
Review: Our intrepid male tester was a newbie to BB cream, but he liked the way the Miracle Skin Transformer smoothed and evened out his skin, without obvious color or coverage. The slippery, primer-like feel left a matte finish that looked natural.
Benefits: Instead of a tint to cover, this BB cream diffuses light with high-tech pigments. SPF 20 to protect, Pepha®-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage, Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin and improve elasticity. According to their clinical study, after eight weeks of use, 93% of participants had significantly firmer, more lifted skin, 84 percent had a significant improvement in fine lines, and more than 84 percent had significantly smoother and more hydrated skin.
Review: The cream is a peachy color, which is totally different from any other BB cream we’ve seen. It goes on rich and smooth, and dries to a matte finish that is very modern and really nice. The coverage is a little sheer for those looking to mask spots. One interesting note: this gives you a slightly peachy tone, which may result in a slightly darker color for some, or a nice brightening effect for others.
Marc Jacobs, who’s renowned for his own line, as well as his work with fashion house Louis Vuitton, will soon be coming out with a beauty line in collaboration with beauty retailer Sephora. The 122-piece collection will be Sephora’s first global launch and will include concealers, color correctors, and lacquers, among some other products. You can get your hands on the goods this summer on August 9th!
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