It may sound counterintuitive, but learning about makeup has done wonders for my confidence. In the formative years of my beauty education, I turned to bloggers (and YouTubers) for nearly all of my makeup- and skin care-related qualms. They helped me appreciate what makeup could do for me more than any celebrity or brand ever could. I felt like they were my virtual friends (maybe a little strange?) — so much more tangible and relatable than a glamorized model on the pages of a glossy magazine. Through a little screen, they taught me the two-color smoky eye, the perfect cat-eye flick, and how to embrace my imperfections and put my best face forward every day.

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