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Michelle Phan Videos: Create Amazing Make-Up Transformations

by Alane Jewel on January 8, 2013

michelle phan videosSee how a blank canvas can turn into a make-up masterpiece in a matter of minutes.

It’s a new year and you’ve got plans for a new you. It’s the time to start enforcing those New Year’s resolutions. Your latest resolution may be to lose weight or improve your health through eating well and exercising. While these fitness plans can take several weeks for you to see significant progress, it only takes a few minutes to update your look and boost your confidence. The first step to achieving your long-term goals like weight loss and getting fit is to feel strong and beautiful today. This beauty resurgence can easily be achieved by a gorgeously simple make-up transformation.

Until now your make-up routine might have included the same old cover-up and mascara. Possibly a fallback routine because you may not think you have the skills to make your face dazzle like the stars in magazines. Fear not, all you have to do is turn to online make-up tutorials on YouTube to learn how to create your most beautiful look in minutes. Expert make-up artists share all of their inside tips and tricks for the average person to achieve celebrity-style looks.

Looking your best and feeling good helps to keep you driven as you work toward your long-term New Year’s resolutions. Putting your best face forward can even help motivate you to make it to the gym after a busy week at work or choose that salad over burger and fries.


Beautiful 25-year-old, U.S. based Vietnamese-American Michelle Phan is a self-taught make-up artist and offers simple suggestions for creating a multitude of glamorous looks in a few short minutes in her YouTube videos. Even though Phan didn’t attend cosmetology school, she has received a formal education in art and design elements from the Ringling College of Art and Design and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Phan’s best looks include her tutorial for achieving the K-Pop star look with over two million views, her Zombie Barbie look with more than three million views, and her Angelina Jolie tutorial with two million plus views.

While some of Phan’s looks are over the top and designed for special occasions she also offers many tutorials for the everyday gal trying to look her best. These tutorials are so easy to follow because Phan takes each step slowly and names each product that she uses to create a specific look. Starting each video instructional with her own make-up free face allows the audience to see how a blank canvas can turn into a masterpiece in a matter of minutes. Phan’s close up shots make the quick tips provided in the videos easy to follow. Finally, Phan also offers hints if your features differ from hers.


Since 2006 Phan has transferred her love for all things beauty into step-by-step mini-lessons on her YouTube channel. With more than 2.6 million subscribers and 700 million video views, Phan can be counted as one of the top beauty experts on YouTube. Phan’s online popularity landed her a job with Lancome Cosmetics and she now uses the company’s cosmetics in her online video tutorials.

We’ve rounded up a few of Michelle Phan’s videos that can help you highlight your favorite facial feature. Each video has accompanying music that fits the emotion each look is trying to achieve, perfect ambiance while you work on applying make-up on your face while following her instructions.

Luscious Lips Tutorial
Like all of Phan’s video, this one starts with her make-up free face and takes you through the steps to create to die for, luscious lips. Two and a half million viewers can’t be wrong.

Midnight Luster Tutorial
Want to achieve smoky eyes for a night out on the town? This Michelle Phan video makes the seductive look effortless to achieve. As usual, Phan takes the viewer through the process from beginning to end. This more recent video has more than one million views and counting.

Formal Event Tutorial
Have a reason to dress up? Dressing up for a special occasion can be a ton of fun. In many instances that fabulous outfit does a lot of the work of the look. That’s why it’s a great idea to keep the make-up treatment simple as shown in this Phan video tutorial. Use her suggestions to be the center of attention at your next big event.


In addition to Michelle Phan’s YouTube videos, make-up tutorials, a personal blog, and more can be found at her website, Lancome’s website also highlights the make-up guru’s ideas at When you find make-up tutorials that you love on YouTube, take the time to like, comment and share the video with everyone in your social network. Rate the content, picture quality and subscribe to the user’s video channel. This helps to separate the best videos from the sludge.

See videos you like and want to watch later? You can also save any of these online tutorials to your video library. Download a free version of RealPlayer downloader by clicking the orange button in the top right corner of this page. When watching a video online you’ll see the “Download This Video” button appear at the top right corner of the video player. Click that button, and the RealPlayer downloader will download the video to your computer and store it in the RealPlayer library.

Have you used YouTube for instructional videos to teach yourself new tricks? What are some of your favorite YouTube demonstration videos? Did you learn any new make-up tips in these videos?


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