The world of makeup has changed a lot over the last 25 years, and not just because the pigments, finishes, and textures have improved considerably. The biggest difference is the amount and quality of resources and educational material that's available to everyone. Makeup tutorials on YouTube are free and accessible, and there are some excellent professional makeup artists out there, all offering us the free lessons that would have spared me endless angst and frustration in my youth (not to mention all those "you're not leaving the house like that" moments).
One of my top favorite YouTube vloggers is Wayne Goss, the UK-based makeup artist behind the channels Gossmakeupartist and Gossmakeupartistchat. Having a professional makeup artist show you his tried-and-true techniques and teach you how to get things right step-by-step is a wonderful gift. Goss is a master of contouring, concealing and getting the best out of one's skin and face shape. I've spent quite a bit of time in front of my makeup mirrors practicing his methods, and I can tell you that his concealer video below is priceless:
Wayne has an easygoing friendly approach. His reviews are as frank and honest as can be, something I deeply appreciate. His point of view and mine are different: I write as a consumer of luxury products who's searching for the best money can buy. Goss is a makeup artist who needs the best value and large quantities, and often requires heavy duty products. Thus, we don't always agree about specific items, but he brings up excellent food for thought and his reasons for liking or disliking an item are quite important.
Goss often demonstrates his methods either on himself (he rocks guyliner like no one else) or on his friend Mandy. Their interaction is quite amusing and I end up very jealous of Mandy. Since I don't have a friendly makeup artist next door, watching Wayne Goss on YouTube is as close I'll get for now.