Confessions of a YouTube Makeup Guru: Maggie From FRESHtodeathmakeup


If you haven’t seen Maggie work her glossy magic on YouTube check her out here and of course, subscribe!

Q: What is your name?  Do you have any nicknames?
Maggie, and that’s what I go by! But occasionally, I get Mags or something like that, which is fine by me.

Q: We usually see you sitting down on camera! How tall are you?
5’2″ – shawty, shawty, shawty.

Q: Does anyone ever tell you that you look like someone famous? If so, who?
All the time and I don’t see ANY of them! The most common are Audrey Hepburn, Selena Gomez and Natalie Portman but I’ve gotten Anne Hathaway, Mila Kunis, Keira Knightley and Nicole Richie – I don’t understand it but they’re definitely all compliments.

Q: What topics and subjects interest you most in school?
I’m an English major and possibly a history minor as well. As long as it’s not math or science related, I probably like it. As many of our subscribers know, I’m really into history, hence my Tudor-inspired tutorial series!

Q: When did you become interested in cosmetics and beauty products?

My mom has more makeup than some gurus that I’ve seen on YouTube so I think I was destined for it. I didn’t really start getting into it until high school and not this seriously until winter 2008/early 2009.

Q: Who are your inspirations as far as fashion and beauty?
My first love will always be fashion so I look to the runway every season for fashion inspiration. There’s no way I could afford any of it so I try my best to take inspiration from designers and lines like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs. For beauty, I love looking at editorial makeup, but YouTube gurus have seriously contributed to my makeup addiction – here’s looking at you, Petrilude.

Q: What is your philosophy on makeup?
A philosophy on makeup… To be honest, I’ve never thought of one. But I guess that it’s one of those rare things in life that can be expensive or inexpensive, that can be low key or dramatic, and can be for any reason you want – to cover something up, to enhance something or just to have fun. What I love most about it is that, unlike most other things, you can go all out on it for one night and then come home, take it off and wear something totally different the next day.

Q: What are a few of your “obsessions” right now?
Obsessions right now include McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets and Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream (hey, a girl’s gotta eat!), True Blood, “Down” by Jay Sean and Lil Wayne, Google chat, Digsby, my British Immigration professor’s Welsh accent, internet that actually works and being able to see my friends every single day. Oh, and cupcakes – I can never forget about the cupcakes.

Q: What are some of your favorite channels to watch on YouTube?
On my personal channel, I have SO many subscriptions but if I had to pick some favorites, I’d pick petrilude, juderivera, xsparkage, jazziebabycakes, glimmerglossglow (I’m not sucking up either), lollipop26, makeupbyrisa aaaand … Well, there are tons more, but I can’t have a list a mile long.

Q: What got you started doing videos on YouTube?
For some reason or another, I’d started watching YouTube gurus back in summer 2008 and always thought it was so cool. Then, I was really sick for a week in February 2009 and had to go back home so after I slept off my illness and was high on pain pills (joking! Sort of…) I needed something to do. So Emma, who has now left the channel, and I decided to start doing hauls, but to keep them private, so only we could see them. We decided to go public, asked some other internet friends to subscribe and it kind of exploded. We asked Kate to join the channel this summer and I can definitely say it was the best decision we made for the channel.


Q: How did you and Kate meet?  Have you ever met in person?
I was subscribed to Kate on her old channel, urbanettex2, and also followed her on Twitter. (I’m a creeper, so what?) We all started talking and the idea for her to join was born, so we asked her and thankfully, she accepted. Sadly, we have never met IRL because she lives on the West coast and I’m in the Midwest but we’ll get there eventually!

Q: Are there any challenges to having a collab beauty channel?

Definitely! I’d say that we aren’t like most other collabs because we don’t have scheduled days or topics. There’s always the belief that every collab will have drama (check) and will fall apart (not happening!) We post what we want, when we want. But it can be hard to figure out when we are posting what, especially if we both accidentally record something on the same day, then one of us has to wait a few days to put up a video. Thankfully, Kate and I are really good friends and talk constantly and are completely chill with each other, so I don’t see too many challenges arising.

Q: How does it feel to have over 2,500 people care about you and your opinions?
It. Is. Insane. Compared to so many gurus, we are little YouTube babies but I am so thankful for every single one of our subscribers. I figured we would get 10 subscribers or something and then the numbers just kept climbing – it’s crazy!

Q: Has YouTube affected your life?  If so, how?
It has, but not in a negative way at all. I have met so many incredible people through YouTube and have learned so many things. There are thousands of people out there who are really talented people and I’m grateful that YouTube has given me the opportunity to “meet” them. I don’t see YouTube as a negative thing for me because I look at it as a hobby – school, my job, family and most IRL friends come first. (I say “most” because I’d probably rather help Kate out than quite a few people I know here… Just being honest!)

Q: Do all of your friends and family know about your YouTube adventures? What are their thoughts?
No, not at all. I think my family suspects something about it, especially because my younger brother and older sister have been on BlogTV with me, but I never told them how I got viewers in there! My roommate and one of my best friends both know about it, but that’s it. They’re pretty cool with it but probably don’t understand it. I think they think I’m more “famous” than I really am!

Q: What do you do to keep your channel a positive place despite all of the negativity constantly coming at YouTubers?

Honestly, I just try to ignore, ignore, ignore. It’s very tempting to say something back to mean comments or to people who like to start drama, but I figure that if I show them that their opinion really doesn’t matter to me, they’ll go away. It mostly works!

Q: We know you love your subscribers! But is there anything that you get sick of being told or asked?
Not really, I don’t mind answering questions, especially because not all of our subscribers have been with us from the start. But I do have to say that people asking questions about “drama on the channel” gets a little frustrating – it’s between the people involved, not everybody needs to know!

Q: Do you ever have buyers remorse for spending your hard earned money on beauty products?
Yes and no. I don’t usually go out shopping for makeup unless I’ve thought about what I want. Very few items in my collection are impulse purchases and in fact, I think the only things I regret buying are products that I bought before I really knew what I was doing. I have a lot of makeup that goes unused, so it’s sad to think of the money I could’ve saved!

Q: What draws you to buy a certain product or brand of makeup?
Packaging! I love pretty packaging. And, of course, reviews that I’ve watched on YouTube; if I see a favorite guru use it or tweet about it, I’m in. I also like to find colors that I don’t already have in my collection. I don’t have a huge collection but I have at least one eyeshadow in every color. Now I’m focusing on “different shades” which is really just an excuse to buy more things I don’t need.

Q: Do you have any classic “go to” cosmetic items?  What are a few of your favorites?
Definitely. Even if I’m running late for class, I’ll still make sure to throw these on so I look alive: moisturizer with SPF 30, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, Lancome Oscillation mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero and NARS blush in Orgasm. They’re my necessities!

Q: Do you have any beauty secrets or tips that you think most other people don’t know about?
“Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” That’s a quote from that fake commencement address speech song from 1999, but it’s true! I feel like so many people my age don’t understand the necessity of sunscreen. I know a girl who is 20 years old and could easily be 35, just because of how much she tans. It’s not a good look, ladies! You don’t need to look pasty, but I’ve been rocking the fair skin for a while now and I know that in 20 years, I’ll hopefully be looking my age, not 10 years older than that. Nobody wants to look like a leather jacket. Wear sunscreen daily. Oh and using a lower SPF doesn’t mean less sun exposure, it just refers to how much longer you can stay in the sun without reapplying – it’s much less of a pain to put on SPF 50 then to keep reapplying SPF 4 all day long. WEAR IT!

Q: Can you tell us anything that we probably didn’t know about you?
I have a (step)niece and a (step)nephew – I have “step” in parentheses because I don’t even pay attention to that. They are seriously my reasons for living and brighten up my day every time I see them.

Q: We want to play Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Will you slip a “secret word” into your next video for our readers? The secret word is “Water Buffalo”.
Keri, you WOULD give me “water buffalo” .. I’m going to have to get creative for this one!


1 Comments For This Post

  1. peachy Says:

    She looks like a character from the series Pretty Little Liars

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