Selena Gomez: Makeup isn’t a joke it’s actually beautiful and wonderful

Selena Gomez has one of those awesome Vogue videos showing her routine. I was going to give this to Oya because she’s been so great at covering these (see her Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Kat Graham and Rihanna videos plus she’s a legit makeup artist) but then I watched the video and really wanted to talk about it. Plus Oya just covered Selena’s cute video with Nikkie from Nikkie Tutorials. In her Vogue video Selena’s skin looks so dewy and her makeup is so gorgeous afterwards! Selena is promoting her Rare Beauty makeup line, which is available on her website. (Not a paid promotion)

First of all, Selena is quite young so her skin is lovely but she also takes good care of it. She achieves this kind of aspirational glowy look that I’d love to copy. I don’t watch enough YouTube makeup tutorials because I find them intimidating honestly. When I do watch them they seem complicated and I feel like I have to buy so many products. So this helped me a lot. For face makeup she uses foundation and then liquid blush on her cheekbones followed by bronzer then highlighter. I haves similar products except for liquid blush, which I just bought. Everyone is talking about her technique for doing a perfect cat eye, which is just to outline the corners first then fill them in. That’s at 7 minutes into the video below, but for me the takeaway is her gorgeous face work. (A lot of that is beauty, genetics and youth but I’m still going to try.)

Here’s some of what she said and the video is below:

She has dry skin with acne in her t-zone.

She uses Tacha The Dewy Skin cream.

She follows that with The Drunk Elephant sunscreen. She needs to avoid the sun due to her lupus.

She uses her Rare Beauty line’s weightless foundation and concealer. She follows that with their liquid blush.

She uses Benefit Hoola bronzer to frame her face and under her chin.

Her eyeshadow palette is by Marc Jacobs. She then uses her Rare Beauty liquid eyeliner.

She applies her Rare Beauty Liquid Luminizer under her eyes and on her nose and in the little middle area above her lips. Then she blots with her Touch and Go kit and applies powder with a puff to set.

She uses one of her lip souffles in red and then a refresher spray.

[From YouTube]

I’m going to copy Oya’s format here and mention that my highlighter is Charlotte Tillbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter, which is insanely expensive. That’s one of the products I just had to have after watching a makeup tutorial by Hot and Flashy, which is why I avoid YouTube tutorials so I won’t buy all the things. There are plenty of other liquid highlighters that are less expensive and surely look just as nice, like L’oreal Lumi Glotion. Watching this inspired me to buy a liquid blush. Before this I only tried Elf’s. It was too highly pigmented and I ended up looking like a clown so I threw it out. L’oreal Liquid Lift Blur looks really nice. Maybelline Cheek Heat is really inexpensive and I actually bought some in Nude Burn after watching this video. It adds a nice sheen and it was under $6, but it just adds a hint of color it’s not like regular blush. However I have to put it in the regular area on my cheeks. It looks weird when I put it on my cheekbones like Selena.

As for Selena’s thoughts on beauty and makeup, I felt like I really got to know her in this video. There’s something so intimate and relatable about women explaining their routines. She said makeup is important to her as it’s part of mental health. It’s “part of your self esteem. It’s a part of how you see yourself and you shouldn’t have to have makeup for you to see yourself that way, but makeup isn’t a joke. It’s actually beautiful and it’s wonderful and it brings people together. I have so much respect for that community because it really is art.” YES! This is why I wear makeup every day and why I’ve worn it even in lockdown. Some people call that insecurity, but it makes me feel so much better about myself and like I’m ready for anything. There’s a ceremony and an art to getting ready. Plus you never know when you’re going to videochat now. Also I’m going to wear red lips today, I’ve decided.



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  1. BeeCee says:

    I got a stamp liner to achieve a perfect cat eye because I suck at doing it ahahaha

    I applaud anyone that can do a perfect wing without needing a hack like me

  2. bre says:

    I look at makeup as my daily art session. It is calming and creative. My issue is that now that I am in my mid 40s I’m lost on how to use makeup for aging skin. most youtube videos are a bit crazy with the contouring which is fine when I was in my 20s going to clubs and concerts but now it just looks crazy. All I want is a routine that gives me a glow, not a bunch of glitter and overdone contouring. Anyone know of a youtube channel that show that let me know!

    • Libellule says:

      Try Lisa Eldridge’s youtube channel! She’s professional makeup artist. Her application is always light and she gives a lot of tips on proper technique

    • Lizzie says:

      My motto for work is to wear the least amount of makeup I can and still look half way decent.
      I think I am the only woman who wears any makeup and work mostly with men. But from home on Zoom I can go to town. I always open zoom to take a peek at how it looks on camera before joining a meeting. But I enjoy the opportunity to wear make up in a way that I usually do not.

  3. Barcelona says:

    Make up is not for me at all, I don’t like it.

    I only own 1 piece of make up and that is a black mascara, I like putting it on sometimes, but it’s mostly for special events.

    My focus is on having good health which is a major contributor to me having great skin, hair and also slim, toned body.

    Obviously genetics have a big say, but lifestyle choices and good skin care are very, very important to me.

    Beauty from inside out is so true.

    My goal is to see a clear, healthy and flawless skin every morning after I wake up.

    I can’t function without a great cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen and my trusted Rocky Mountain Peppermint Lip Balm to pump the lips a bit.

    I rather spend my money on great food and skin care rather than make up and it works for me really well.

    • lisa says:

      I’m the same. I would rather spend that time and money each day on good skincare. And I have to laugh at the current “stage makeup” trends right now including the spider-like fake lashes and clown eyebrows. Although Selena has neither of those.

      • KL says:

        Selena’s line doesn’t include those because none of that is “current,” aside from a few beauty YouTubers who peaked in popularity around 2016. Overwhelmingly the current aesthetic is lighter and more minimalist with newer brands like Morphe 2 or Florence by Mills aiming for new consumers who haven’t yet set their beauty routine. And most established brands are putting out new tinted moisturizers or cream highlighters. Hell, Becca even came out with a no-pigment foundation.

        And FYI, the aesthetic you’re thinking of is influenced by drag makeup, not stage makeup. There’s a little bit of overlap — traditionally drag was meant for stage performance, not so much anymore — but they’re nowhere near the same.

    • deader than new metal and disco says:

      I’ve become a huuuuge skincare freak, so yeah, totally agree!

      I do enjoy playing around with my make-up for special occassions like halloween and stuff like that, but skincare > make-up ALWAYS

  4. Lola_Lola says:

    I never really got into make up because I had such bad acne that I could really wear it. This makes me want to up my routine. Selena is gorgeous.

  5. paranormalgirl says:

    My favorite YouTuber is Bailey Sarian. She’s funny and relatable. And honest.

  6. Kari says:

    I love makeup. It’s definitely a creative outlet for me but during quarantine working out and doing my skincare and makeup routine have helped keep me sane. I was super curious and picked up her soft matte lip cream and the liquid blush this past weekend. I loved them both but the liquid blush was my favorite. It’s super pigmented so a bit goes a long way and I’ve even used it as eyeshadow and lipstick.

  7. Sam the Pink says:

    If you are looking for a really good liquid blush, Glossier makes a lovely one called cloud paint. Their products veer towards the pricier side, but if you buy them in the kits, they actually come out cheaper. They also make a really nice sheer foundation. I resisted buying them for a long time because of the hipster miasma around the brand, but they actually work pretty nicely.

    • KL says:

      Glossier is annoyingly good stuff, considering the smugness of their shtick. (Except the lidstars, those are mostly trash.) I think it can, of course, depend on skin type/complexion, or the “look” you prefer. But yeah, the cloud paints are so pigmented you get more than your money’s worth. And despite searching, I have yet to find another product with the same “oh, no, I’m not wearing makeup, I just had a facial” effect as the haloscope.

      The Milani Cheek Kiss blushes are a nice drugstore product for anyone wary of Glossier prices. They’re NOT exact dupes for the cloud paints — they’re more sheer — but that can work in their favor for someone new to liquid blush, depending on depth of skin tone. And ironically the packaging is much more user-friendly.

  8. al13 says:

    but how do people wear skin stuff with masks? I teach from my classroom still (mostly virtual students, but some periods have in class students (like esl, it’s easier to support them)) and so need to wear a mask anytime a student is around.

    • Laura says:

      I haven’t tried this myself, but I have heard that using setting spray helps. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Selena’s makeup line, especially her lip stain. A couple of reviewers said that it is a sort of stain and that it didn’t transfer to their face masks.

      • Kari says:

        The lip stain did transfer for me but it wasn’t sticky or uncomfortable which I love. If your mask isn’t too close to your mouth you should be ok. It’s soft but definitely transfers.

  9. Emily says:

    I’m a huge Selena fan so I’m tempted to buy some of her line. I have a 5 min BB cream, brows and cat eye routine because I find foundation,m/concealer/highlighter so confusing. While I was on maternity leave last year I got really used to seeing my face without makeup and I think I prefer it (but maybe I’m just really bad at makeup! Lol).