The Best Online Beauty Resources For Product Junkies And Cosmetics Connoisseurs

The Best Online Beauty Resources For Product Junkies And Cosmetics Connoisseurs

How does a beauty lover avoid being distracted by all the new trends and zero in on the most effective products? By turning to these, the best online beauty resources for product junkies and cosmetics connoisseurs.

Beauty inspiration seemingly lurks on every Sephora corner. Each week brings a new mascara promising life-altering definition, a new serum swearing it turns skin to glass. How does a beauty lover avoid being distracted by all the shiny newness and zero in on the most effective products, the most cutting-edge brands and the most wearable looks? By turning to these, the best online beauty resources for product junkies and cosmetics connoisseurs.

 

If you’re into Korean imports...

...Put Fifty Shades of Snail into your blog rotation. Fiddy, as her loyal readers know her, is Jude Chao, the digital marketing director of K-beauty inspired handmade skincare company Holy Snails and self-described “K-beauty evangelist.” Her blog is a sort of holy grail for similarly obsessed fans of Korean cleansing oils, sheet masks and essences. In its pages you’ll find richly detailed, no-holds-barred reviews of mostly Korean skincare, helpful advice on how to expertly navigate the overwhelmingly immense world of Korean products and guides to building routines that work.

 

If you want to read the crowd...

...Head to MakeupAlley, for honest reviews from real people. Having launched back in 1999—that’s before YouTube, Instagram and podcasts were even a glint in a developer’s eye—this online community is a venerable institution for hair, skincare and makeup product junkies. User-submitted reviews are the star of the show here. There are more than 2.7 million of them, for more than 170,000 products. Each review includes information about the user’s age and hair and skin type, a short write-up, a one-through-five lipstick rating and a yes or no answer to the question of “Would you buy it again?” The latter two components are averaged to give each product a number rating and a repurchase percentage. If you want to make an informed beauty purchase, browse MakeupAlley before you buy.

 

If you’re curious about the stories behind the products...

...Subscribe to the Breaking Beauty podcast. Hosts Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn are longtime Canadian beauty editors and go-to sources for all things makeup and skincare. They bring this level of experience and prowess to the podcast, where they dish up the details of how today’s best sellers and legacy products came to be through intimate interviews with founders like Glossier’s Emily Weiss and M.A.C Cosmetics co-founder Frank Toskan. Complementing their library of Q&As are episodes on beauty topics like the best drugstore buys, zero-waste beauty and hair care secrets straight from the red carpet.

 

If you want comprehensive reviews that aren’t boring...

… Then turn to OMGBart. From his little slice of the internet, beauty blogger Bart Kaczanowicz serves up chatty, constructive takes on makeup, skincare and haircare. His product reviews and roundups are packed with helpful details and signature humour that help demystify ingredients and get to the point of whether something is truly effective or not. His blog bio says it all: “Partial to all things that tingle and foam, face masks, martinis (extra dry, up, with a twist), this male beauty blogger thirsts for the latest and greatest, but is persuaded only by ‘what works.’”

 

If you’re looking to hone your skills…

… Tune in to Lisa Eldridge. The renowned professional makeup artist (she’s made up the likes of Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Rihanna) has nearly two million YouTube subscribers, who devour her easy-to-follow tutorials on creating looks like “Glow Without The Grease” and “Daytime to Slaytime.” She may work with Hollywood royalty, but she keeps things practical and accessible in her videos, focusing on makeup that’s wearable and techniques that are possible to mimic without fancy tools and years in the biz. You can feel good about watching, too; all of Eldridge’s YouTube advertising revenue is donated to charity.

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