In case you couldn’t tell from my umpteen amount of tweets about being sick of the sight of my own face, sick of editing, sick of sounding like
a knob an idiot on camera… I’ve started a YouTube channel. Which is great. No really, despite my whining and a lot more stress – which I definitely didn’t need but YOLO (yes, I hate myself as much as you do for using the phrase Yolo. Please accept my apologies) – I am absolutely loving being filled with ideas, being pushed with my non-existent editing and filming skills and just producing something a little more personal, a little more reactive than blog posts… but here’s one thing that I’m not so keen on.
The Filming face. I mean, I’m not keen on my face in general but one thing I noticed when filming for my channel is that your makeup picks up a lot less on camera than it does in real life meaning that that subtle bronzer, the subtle smokey eye, basically all the “natural” makeup that you’ve purposefully gone for, that’s not doing anything for your face on camera. Don’t get me wrong, lots of YouTubers will wear natural makeup and look amazing, but if you’re a little more self conscious like I am and want to somewhat emulate what you look like in real life, then a slightly more dramatic/enhanced makeup look is the way forward.
Enhanced, dramatic, defined/[insert your own choice of enhanced synonym here] makeup doesn’t mean big bold lips and huge fake lashes either, it just means taking what you’ve got, and amping it up a little more. Here’s how I do just that…
I love nothing more than slathering Nars Laguna bronzer all over my face day to day to give me a nice summery/non corpse-like glow, but on camera? That doesn’t pick up so much for me. I still want to have that glow but I also want my balloon shaped face to be more defined so for “camera ready” glow and definition, I opt for Dusty girl’s bronzer* It’s a slightly darker bronzer with a little more golden shimmer than the Nars counterpart. What I love about this however is that it doesn’t contain big chunky glitter, you’re not going to end up looking like a disco ball, it’s super super blendable so never looks cakes or streaky and lasts a long time on the skin too. The perfect filming bronzer that will also be amazing for when I’m more tanned.
Which basically means never [insert cry face emoji here]
On a daily basis, I’d rather spend time prioritising my winged liner – which let’s face it, no matter how long I spend on them they are never on fleek* – than a bold lip, or totally filled in brow for example so I do take a little extra time when filming to make sure that my liner’s a little more “done”. A little more even. Basically, less “A five year old has drawn on my wings”-esque. Collection’s 24hr Felt tip liner is my current weapon of choice and considering I repurchased this for the 6th time yesterday – yes I count because I am that cool – I’d say it was a winner.
*Please, please feel free to punch me in the face for using the term “fleek” aka the most nauseating phrase in existence, in a blog post.
Whilst my lashes aren’t quite as straight as an elephant’s, they can always do with a little lift, volume and curl. Shu Umera’s S lash curler – which I’ve reviewed before – is fantastic at curling the lash and making my eyes look more open and awake
and less like I’ve had only 2 hours sleep. A mixture of Bourjois’ 1 second Volume mascara and Max Factor’s false lash effect fusion does the best job at bringing all the volume and length without leaving my eyes a spidery mess, whilst Soap and Glory’s archery brow pencil keeps my brows in check and as even, full but as natural as possible.
Now, I’m not hugely into big, bright, clown like bush that looks like it’s been slapped on by a dog, however lighting, camera’s and just generally the quality of video once uploaded to Youtube can totally wash you out on screen so I do find myself amping up my blush level a little. My top choice for this is Mac’s Well dressed because not only does it awaken and brighten up your complexion, but it also has a subtle shimmer in it producing that “lit from within” glow. It’s also the first blush I bought from Mac years ago so it has a sentimental little place in my heart too #LoserOfTheYear
I've tried the filming thing a few times now and cringed so much every time trying to watch it back that I just couldn't get myself to edit any of it bahaha, it's terrible but I definitely understand what you mean by the fact that the camera doesn't really pick up the makeup very well if it's more on the subtle side, which makes me thing do I really need to pack it on and look like a clown haha. You seem to have worked out the perfect look for you though and I can't wait to see more of your videos in the future x
Beauty with charm
Haha oh I totally know what you mean. I HATE editing and watching myself back but thought I should just give this Youtube thing a go 🙂
Wow you've definitely used that blush a ton hahah! My Too Faced Chocolate Soleil looks the same 😛 x
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Haha told you it was well loved 😉
I really need to get my hands on Rimmels East End Snob, its so gorgeous!
Eilidh from Velvet-Winter
It's so so pretty, highly recommend 🙂
I love how you have used a real mix of hightstreet and highend products in this post Ellie!
I know what you mean about wanting to achieve a lovely natural look, but then having to amp it up because it looks like you're wearing next to nothing!
Mollie,xo /// The Fashion Of Craft
Thanks lovely, I always try to have some high street no matter what the post. So glad you like it 🙂
I love that lip liner and collection's high coverage works wonders on camera!
Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty
So, so lovely isn't it? Both are incredible on camera! 🙂
I love so many of the products that you've mentioned in this post! I just subscribed to your Youtube channel and cannot wait to see more from you 🙂
Thanks so much lovely, so glad you liked it and thank you for subscribing! 🙂
I think you look amazing on camera & don't need to change anything! Loved looking at your make-up picks! xx
Thanks lovely, it's not necessarily changing anything, just enhancing what gets a bit washed out 🙂
I love East End Snob too! And your camera makeup looks great. 🙂
Aisling | aisybee.
Thank you lovely 🙂
My concealer by Estée Lauder. Like, I can not even think about my make-up from back when I didn't have that concealer.
Naomi in Wonderland
Ooh I'd love to know which one Naomi, I'm obsessed with concealers 🙂
I've always wondered how much more makeup you need to wear on YouTube due to lighting washing your face out 🙂 I'm gonna head over to watch your video now 🙂 I'm so glad you're carrying on with it 🙂 xx
Thanks so much Nevena, I'm so so happy that you want me to continue 🙂
Love this post! The lipliner looks great, I'm going to check out your channel now x
Phoebe | Phoebe’s Diaries
Thanks so much lovely, hope you enjoy my channel 🙂
The bronzer and the lip liner look amazing! And, well, everything else does too. So jealous of your collection. 🙂 by the way – your Youtube channel looks amazing. Subscribed! I'll definitely keep an eye out on it 🙂
So happy I found your blog!!
Block of Beauty
Ahh thanks SO much lovely. So so glad you liked my channel, day made 🙂
Well done on starting a youtube channel. I have seen the day in the life of a full time blogger one. 🙂
Do lights and equipment of that sort not make you look better?
I'm just wondering because I don't feel the need to apply different items of make up than you usually would, unless it is a professional movie.
Thanks Ellen. Lights and equipment make the shot look better… you're better lit, a good camera will have a great focus, but lights really can just wash you out/the colour out. It helps a lot to just enhance a little.
Fantastic post! Will be definitely purchasing some of these products!
Thanks so much lovely 🙂
I am totally with your girl, I tried starting a YouTube channel once and totally hated what I looked like on camera, I have no idea why you feel the way you do because you're literally stunning in every way but I am so not confident with myself, and sadly enough that has always been the way 🙁 I might try and venture into the YouTube world again some day.
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Ahh thank you so much, you are far too kind. That's such a shame because you are stunning, lady! Definitely give it a go, I'm so pleased that I did 🙂
Amazing ! 😀
Thank you 🙂
So many cool goodies here! I love the look of the Dusty Girl bronzer
Thank you lovely, the bronzer is so fab! 🙂
There's a reason I don't photograph my face when I actual go out with makeup on, and that's because it looks like nothing in the photos. (Or at least that's my excuse to add on a couple pounds of makeup before taking selfies lol)
Haha that's made me laugh a lot Rachel, so glad we're on the same wavelength 😉
Love these suggestions for a camera ready face, and I've heard great things about the Bourjois foundation. Would be good to see a shot of you with the whole look
Suze | LuxuryColumnist
It's so lovely, I'd highly recommend 🙂
I know exactly how you feel! I pick up on things I never knew existed until I started filming!! But hey, it's having fun that matters most 🙂 I have that lip liner but can't seem to find a lippy to go with it?! SO annoying 🙁 I've subbed to your channel & looking forward to watching your videos and seeing your camera face! xxx
Ah thanks so much Gweni, so appreciate you subscribing for more, it means the world 🙂
Great post and I love the photographs! I am definetely going to check out your yt channel 🙂
Thanks so much Zuza I really hope you enjoy it 🙂
Thank you 🙂
I love Eastend Snob, Brow Archery and the Collection Eyeliner 🙂 I will have to have a nosey at your channel xx
Jasmine Talks Beauty
Thanks so much Jasmine, hope you enjoy 🙂
Definitely so,e mascara and concealer is needed I think but if your have good skin I honestly think natural is beautiful too! If only I had good skin….
Workout Wear over at-
Oh me too, natural all the way if you're confident, I just wish I was more!
Well my face is never camera ready, ever! And there is nothing wrong with a year old Jenner lip….I'm defiantly still pulling that one out the bag!
Mascara & Maltesers
Haha totally with you there girl, love those mauve tones 🙂
I didn't know you had a YouTube channel. Very nice. Good luck with that 🙂 I love the Rimmel lip liner and the Bourjois foundations. They are some of my drugstore must have products. x
Renata | Speaking Beauty UK
Yes it's only very recent lovely, hope you enjoy if you check it out 🙂 xx
I need to try that foundation! I have heard awesome things! You always look camera ready!
It's so amazing Shannon, I highly highly recommend 🙂
Wearing that rimmed liner today. One of my faves!
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Wearing that rimmed liner today. One of my faves!
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Congrats on you youtube channel, Ellie, you're so natural and even more cute than I thought 🙂 And btw, I really like your video with Primark haul 🙂
Ahh thank you so much beauty, that's so kind of you, really does mean so much!
Bloody YouTube and their new rules on can't comment without having a channel. I think your first video was fantastic! It was such a polished and professional vlog. I really enjoyed it xx
The Beauty Bloss
Ah thanks so so much, I'm so glad you liked it, made my day 🙂
That lip liner looks such a perfect colour! lovely post as always 🙂
It's honestly SO perfect, I'm in love! 🙂
I have watched all of your videos so far!! I was actually thinking about that, the camera face!! Thank you for this post!
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Ahh thank you SO much Dora, I appreciate that so much! 🙂
I love your videos. I am a fan.
Great post! I actually watched that video when you uploaded it and was already wondering what make-up you used. Now I know! 🙂
I love that lip liner, and i need to try that foundation! Great post! hihi 🙂
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Your choice of Blake Lively could not have been more spot on! I'm not the biggest fangirl, but she really is a beaut isn't she?! I love your recreation of her look here! I wear Eastend Snob alone for work, it's the perfect neutral pink 🙂
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