Confessions of a YouTube Makeup Guru: myeyeshadowisodd

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

Q: Do you have any nicknames?
Most of my friends call me Nat for short. Guys seem to call me Tasha. My middle name is Dawn so occasionally the odd person will call me Tasha Dawn. I was also known as “greenie” when I was in high school because I had green hair.

Q: We usually see you sitting down on camera! How tall are you?
I am 5’2. I’m pretty much really short.

Q: Does anyone ever tell you that you look like someone famous? If so, who?
I often get Thora Birch or Enid for the movie Ghostworld. I can see that one. However, I do get Dita Von Teese sometimes and I completely don’t see that as she’s amazingly gorgeous.

Q: Do you have siblings? If so, do you like them?
I’m an only child and I really enjoy that. I do get jealous over my friends relationships with their siblings but I do enjoy my privacy.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Dirty fingernails.

Q: How did you become interested in all things carnival related?
My older cousin actually was a carnie when she was younger and got into all sorts of trouble and I thought she was pretty rebellious and awesome for it. As I got older, more outgoing and obnoxious I started hanging out with people that knew my cousin. Sure enough I started making friends with all the carnies and was enthralled by the lifestyle and all the lights and how rides were assembled and taken down. (I know how to take a ferris wheel down in 3 hours) Basically I lived for the midway. The love for my own town’s midway turned into a love for all things carnival related: circuses, sideshows, 1930’s carnivals etc. Being a photographer also helped my love because the photos I’d take on location we’re amazing.

Q: What can you most often be found doing these days?
I can be found in the darkroom of my university most of the time. It takes up a lot of my time and I love it. I’m also a full time student so I am in classrooms a lot, studying and learning new things. I am also online pretty much 20 hours a day when I’m not doing other things.

Q: What got you started in art and photography?
Not sure what got me started, I’ve been doing art since I could walk or so my mother says. My mom and my dad were pretty artistic so I guess that helped fuel the fire. As for photography, I just started grabbing disposable cameras and Polaroids when I was younger and in high school I was a teachers assistant in a darkroom photography class for 3 years which really made me fall in love with it and build up my technique.

Q: When did you become interested in cosmetics and beauty products?
My mom was a professional makeup artist for years before I was born and a few after so my house was always filled with her bright 80’s makeup and testers and things from her kit. I would always play with it and I started wearing makeup everyday when I was 11 or 12. I also put lipstick on my cat when I was 3.

Q: Who are your inspirations for fashion and beauty?
I am a photographer so I do end up looking at thousands of images a week just for inspiration in not only photos, but makeup and fashion. I follow a lot of fashion/photo blogs and gather ideas from there. I do turn to Youtube’s makeup community for inspiration as there are many talented artists on there.

Q: What is your philosophy on makeup?
I’m a strong believer that eyes should be played up with bright colors and dramatic looks, but I also think too many people wear too much product and that everyone needs to love their natural faces more.

Q: What are a few of your “obsessions” right now ?
I’m pretty obsessed with Lady Gaga, not crazy fan girl obsessed but more of an appreciation for someone who values fashion and the ability to actually sing. I am really loving this game on Facebook called Treasure Madness. I pretty much play that constantly.

Q: What got you started doing videos on YouTube?
I had uploaded videos and clips of my friends before knowing about the makeup community but then once I watched those videos for awhile and realized I had some talent at makeup I figured why not try. Also getting a good camera is what pushed me to make videos.

Q: Do your friends and family know about your videos?
Completely! I pretty much tell as many people as I can about it and they’re all supportive and excited. I did get some hate from a few of my peers at university when word got around about my channel but I’ve never kept it a secret from anyone.

Q: We know you love your subscribers! But is there anything that you get sick of being told or asked?
I get many questions about my hair and my hair color which can get repetitive to answer but I don’t mind. The one question that I get a lot is about my voice or my accent. I do have a weird accent due to a combination of things. I am Canadian, I have an Ottawa Valley accent which is unique in it’s own way, and my whole family does experience some level of hearing loss. It’s a hereditary thing and I have 30% hearing loss. I had never received any comments about my voice or accent prior to making videos which I’m guessing is because everyone here talks the same way as I do. I used to get offended by that comment because I don’t think I talk weird but I realize now it’s just because people are not used to my accent so to new people it would sound weird.

Q: Why do you think the YouTube beauty community attacts so much drama? Is there any way to avoid it?
I think that it’s not only just the beauty community but the internet in general. It’s very easy to hide yourself behind a computer screen and to be anonymous in making rude comments. The beauty community I think attracts it more perhaps because people are putting themselves out there more so then the average video. We get up close to the camera, and so much relies on our external image. I think this makes it easy to attack someone or start drama. You pretty much can’t avoid it, but you can chose to ignore it and not let it effect you.

Q: What advice would you give someone wanting to start making YouTube beauty videos?
I guess just be yourself. I know that sounds tacky to say, but people will end up liking you a lot more for who you are then who you try to be. Also in terms for video making, a decent camera does help as well as decent lighting.

Q: Do you ever have buyers remorse for spending your hard earned money on beauty products?
Occasionally yes, perhaps more so when I started getting into makeup. Now I really research a product before I buy it which generally means I avoid products I know I won’t like. Also some products just don’t work for you. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad product, it just might not complement you. For those types of products I try to pass them off to friends who would use them so it doesn’t feel like a waste.

Q: What draws you to buy a certain product or brand of makeup?
I try not to let packaging effect my choices but sometimes it does. Who doesn’t love a cute lipstick or compact? I just have to consider whether or not the product is something I would use all the time.

Q: Do you have any classic “go to” cosmetic items?  What are a few of your favorites?
I think every girl needs a classic red lipstick. I love MAC’s Russian Red for my skin tone. Also a good black eyeliner for a winged eyeliner.

Q: Do you have any beauty secrets or tips that you think most other people don’t know about?
Not so much a secret, but never sleep in makeup and I always sleep on a fresh pillowcase.

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 “Stupefied”.
LOL, I will try my best with that one.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Stefanie Says:

    There is a new and cool beauty guru (and sooo beautiful) called bambiieyz. She is awesome! Check her out.

  2. Stefanie Says:

    This is her!

  3. Jenn Says:

    i love natasha! best youtube guru ever

  4. peachy Says:

    Wow, I am fascinated with the red eyebrows… love her makeup shots. very artistic

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