5 minutes with Sharon Makeup Artist

With nearly 8 years of professional makeup artistry under her belt, Sharon‘s obsession with all things beauty related and a passion for teaching, starting a YouTube Channel & Blog was a no brainer. Sharon‘s subscribers appreciate her honest and natural approach –  not one to shy away from saying what she really thinks her viewers can always expect honest and authentic reviews, and because of that she has built a strong and trusting relationship with them.

Here is our Q&A with Sharon Makeup Artist, a proud member of the Boom Network.

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Do you have any special talents that your fans might not know about?
I’m quite musical and used to be in a band. It’s been a while but I still play the guitar and even sing on occasion (when I’m sure that nobody is listening!)

If you were a meme what you you be?    
Socially awkward penguin. I can really relate to that little guy.
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If you could interview or collaborate anyone who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Miranda Sings, I think I could learn a lot from her incredible makeup skills.

Who are your top 5 favourite International YouTubers?
Pixiwoo, Fleur de Force, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Heart and…..probably Miranda Sings again. Weirdly I watch a lot more comedy channels than beauty.

What inspired you to start sharing your skills online?    
I had been watching makeup videos since about 2008 when Lauren Luke and Michelle Phan were two of the only “beauty gurus” out there. A couple of years later I was working with a girl who had a YouTube channel with about 50,000 subscribers and she convinced me to give it a try. She was kind enough to give me a couple of shoutouts in the beginning to get the ball rolling for me.

What do you do when you aren’t creating videos?
Creating content for my blog, doing freelance makeup work and cooking! Actually who am I kidding, most of my time is spent on Reddit. So. Damn. Addictive.

How long have you been actively blogging & vlogging?
I started my channel in August 2010 but at that stage it was really just a hobby. It wasn’t until 2012 that I started to take it seriously and stick to an upload schedule.

What do you think is the hottest look or trend at the moment?
Smokey eyes are a perpetually popular trend that seems to be in fashion all the time and this season is no different. To keep it looking fresh and modern though, ditch the matte and heavy textures and instead go for lighter washes of colour with a bit of sparkle.
                     
What is the most common question you get asked about your videos?
“Is that your natural hair colour?” And my answer is ‘I WISH!’
                
Is there a technique or skill that you want to master one day as a make-up artist?
I would love to get into airbrushing. It’s no longer reserved for professionals and more and more people are using it as their everyday makeup. You can get some amazing effects with it.

What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a blogger & a YouTuber?
Developing a relationship with my followers has got to be the best part of it all. Nearly everyday I get messages from women suffering with self esteem issues that want me to know how my video’s have given them the confidence to try out a new look and get out of the house. It’s been a real eye opener for me, learning how empowering makeup can be.

Have you ever met some of your fans in real life? What was the experience like?    
I have! Recently myself and a few other YouTubers hosted a makeup workshop and I got to meet heaps of subscribers.I still get a little freaked out by how well they know me yet I’ve never met them! It’s always so much fun though, my subscribers are so cool.

How do you handle people who post negative comments on your videos? Any tips?
Ignore it and move on. I never reply because they’re usually looking for a reaction and I don’t want to feed into that. If something is particularly nasty I’ll delete it and block the user, no hesitation. I have a zero tolerance policy for trolls!

Since you started your channel your life has obviously changed, was it difficult to get the courage to start a channel?    
Yes! I toyed around with the idea for a couple of months before I finally started one. I think the only reason I made that first video was by convincing myself that nobody was ever going to watch it so it didn’t really matter how bad it was! I was wrong…..

Do you have any tips for people who aspire to follow in your footsteps?    
Get the best equipment you can afford – it doesn’t have to be top of the line stuff but you want people to be able to see and hear you clearly. Put out positive energy and you’ll get it back times ten. Don’t feed trolls and try to ignore the negative stuff. Appreciate your followers and be yourself. And most importantly, have fun!

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