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Q: Do you have any nicknames?
Nope! Most people just call me Karen.
Q: We usually see you sitting down on camera! How tall are you?
I am only 5’3″1/2. I like to refer to myself as “vertically petite” LOL!
Q: Does anyone ever tell you that you look like someone famous? If so, who?
I’ve gotten that I resemble Kimberley Locke from American Idol before. I usually get the whole “You look just like my granddaughter/niece/cousin/daughter” thing. Guess I just have one of those faces.
Q: When did you become interested in cosmetics and beauty products?
I became interested in cosmetics when I was about 16 and my godsister bought me my 1st MAC lipglass in Nico with Chesnut lipliner and clear lipglass. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute!
Q: Who are your inspirations for fashion and beauty?
Definitely makeup artists like Sam Fine and Gordon Espinet. Jennifer Hudson’s makeup is always so flawless so she inspires me as well.
Q: What is your philosophy on makeup?
There are NO rules so have fun with it! Often times, women (particularly women of color) are afraid to try new things for fear of not liking it but I’m famous for telling someone, “It’s not a tattoo and I promise you it will come off.” Most of the time when they try something new, they actually end up liking it and even if they don’t, they’ve developed enough confidence to try other new things.
Q: What do you consider your signature “look”?
Although I appreciate various styles of makeup, I’m more of a beauty girl. I’m not afraid of edgy/avant garde makeup but, for myself, I tend to lean towards the classic makeup application. Lately, I’ve been known to do a bold lip which led to my Bold Lip series. As someone who was once all about a neutral lip, I realized that it was time for me to step out of my box and begin trying new lip combos that I wouldn’t ordinarily try. It’s been pretty good for me and popular amongst my subbies!
Q: What do you think is the biggest beauty mistake that people make?
Simply not trying new things. Remember, it isn’t a tattoo so it’s gonna come off!
Q: What are a few of your “obsessions” right now?
You mean besides YouTube? Definitely Law & Order SVU, Real Housewives of ATL and, as always, the Food Network!
Q: What got you started doing videos on YouTube?
I discovered the beauty side of YouTube about 8 months ago. One of the first people I began watching was Lisasz09. I recognized her at the mall one day and by the end of our conversation, she gave me the confidence to film my first video. LOVE her!
Q: Do your friends and family know about your videos?
Yeah most of my friends and some of my family. I still get a little embarrassed and shy about it though.
Q: How has YouTube affected your life?
Before YouTube, I had tunnel vision when it came to using certain products. I wouldn’t even look at anything in a drugstore and barely knew what Sephora was. Watching different gurus really opened my eyes to trying new products. I’ve also met sooo many wonderful people from there too!
Q: We know you love your subscribers! But is there anything that you get sick of being told or asked?
I can honestly say that my subbies are great to me! I will say that I wish people read the information in the sidebar before asking questions.
Q: Why do you think the YouTube beauty community attracts so much drama? Is there any way to avoid it?Although I haven’t experienced it, I’ve seen it and it’s unfortunate. As long as you keep other peoples’ names out of your mouth, you should be good to go!
Q: What advice would you give someone else wanting to start making YouTube beauty videos?
JUST DO IT! The hardest video is the first but after that, it’s pretty easy! It’s also best to choose things that are natural for you. Lisasz09, for example, is known for her reviews because she’s great at them. SephoraJunkie, on the other hand, is known more for her hauls because she’s such an avid collector. I love doing tutorials (most of the time, they are filmed when getting ready for work at my counter) and occasionally acting a fool on camera to give my subbies a good laugh because that’s what I’m good at. Be true to what you’re gonna do best!
Q: Do you ever have buyers remorse for spending your hard earned money on beauty products?
OMG! All the time! I do get a significant discount on most of the products I purchase though so that helps.
Q: What draws you to buy a certain product or brand of makeup?
Definitely great quality! Because I work for them and it was the first brand I was introduced to, most of my products are MAC though. Oh and Youtube!!! YouTube is such an enabler!
Q: Do you have any classic “go to” cosmetic items? What are a few of your favorites?
Yep! I can’t live without my Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, MAC’s Prep & Prime Line Filler & Translucent powder. I use these every time I apply my makeup!
Q: Do you have any beauty secrets or tips that you think most other people don’t know about?
Well, my biggest would be from celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine and that’s to put a light coat of mascara on your lashes, wait a few seconds and then curl them. Once that dries, apply 1-2 more coats. This helps the lash hold a better curl than if done without mascara.
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 “Fliptastic”.
I always wondered what my secret word would be if I ever got the chance to do this. Lol! I got you!