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BABEWATCH: YouTube Makeup Guru Michelle Phan

May 25th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Michelle Phan

Age: 23

Occupation: Makeup artist, YouTube sensation, and Lancôme spokesperson

Why She’s a Babe: Because as YouTube’s #1 beauty vlogger–her videos have been viewed over 150 million times–Michelle Phan is helping other chicks look like babes, and that’s a beautiful thing. Also, it takes courage to face millions of viewers without a lick of makeup–you may not know it, but we wear a shit-ton when we vlog–and au naturel is how she begins each video. (It helps, of course, that Michelle’s skin is flawless and seems to be utterly lacking in pores. Bitch!) While some of the Vietnamese American makeup artist’s tutorials are cute gimmicks–like the Barbie doll one, a look she demo’ed without using a mirror–and some verge on the clichésian, like the Geisha Halloween or Anime Eyes videos, many of her videos are just plain useful, which explains why Lancôme recently signed her as their official video makeup artist in an unprecedented contract for someone who got their start on the interwebz. Peep our favorites below. Even if you’re not into makeup, you may find yourself mesmerized by Michelle’s eerily calm demeanor and soothing voice.

Makeup For Glasses (aka Makeup For Diana):

5 Minutes Makeup (aka Makeup For Really Fucking Impatient People, aka Makeup For Jen):

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Not Slumming It

March 10th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Estée Lauder is about to get more gorgeous: news outlets report that Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto, Hollywood’s most enchanting newbie, is set to be the new face of the cosmetics brand.

This is huge news for the young actress, in part because of the yummy price tag (reported at £200,000) that comes from striking such a plum endorsement deal.

But let’s just all collectively cross our fingers that she does not share the fate of her pretty predecessors, Liz Hurley and Gwyneth Paltrow, who both sold millions of mascara tubes with their mugs–and then tumbled into smug, unsavory, irrelevant oblivion, never to be loved again.

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