The stunning Holly Ann-AeRee, YouTube Beauty Guru and beauty blogger, took the time out of her busy schedule to let us in on how she started getting into makeup and some insight on her life as a beauty guru. Read on to find out how Holly became to be and what inspires her!
Q&A: Holly Ann-AeRee
B: When did you first get in to makeup and who did you initially learn from?
I actually didn’t start wearing eye makeup until I was pretty much out of high school. I wore concealer and foundation if I needed it, but not really any eye makeup. As most of my viewers know, I am adopted and my parents are Caucasian, I grew up in a really small town and was pretty much one of maybe three or four Asian people in my town, so I really didn’t know how to do makeup for my eye shape. So I basically learned by doing, although my mom has always been into makeup. I remember sitting on her bed watching her do her makeup in the morning and begging her to put a dab of lipstick on me, not enough to show color but just enough for the taste. I felt cool.
B: How were you inspired to start your beauty blog and YouTube Beauty Channel?
Actually, my YouTube channel kind of just happened. I had never planned on it being what it is today, and its still growing and evolving. My blog and my YouTube channel started at around the same time. I am actually not that great of a blogger, but I do plan on getting better since it’s something I am working on. A few months later I did one video it was actually a review on her jewelry line that she had started, I was frustrated that I couldn’t get good pictures so I figured I would do a video instead. The rest is history.
B: Do you feel creating beauty videos and blogging has changed your life?
Definitely! Doing YouTube Videos and blogging has become a really big part of my life. I really enjoy learning from other peoples blogs and watching their videos and also improving on my own as well. No one starts out a pro and I’ve got a long way to go! It's fun, I can be creative, I get some really awesome opportunities, and I’ve met a lot of really great people that I wouldn’t have any other way.
B: What is the toughest part of being a vlogger?
Two things. But number one, the haters! I know everyone gets them but they are awful! They go on just to be rude or hurtful. They say things about they way you look, your family, anything and everything just to make you feel bad. Most of them are just strangers that happened to stumble upon videos and just want to get some attention or to bring you down. I’ve gotten everything from “You blink too much, its really annoying.” to “Haha you’re adopted, you were abandoned, your own parents didn’t want you.” I’ve even gotten some inferred threats, people posting my address and phone number, all kinds of crazy stuff. I really don't see what satisfaction people get out of being so hateful like that. Which leads me to number two, being misunderstood. I believe it all comes down to miscommunication. It’s something that I am trying to work on. I never realized that there could be that kind of barrier in communication that comes with a difference in language and age, I just gave a few people too much credit and thought they were trying to insult me, which by all means sometimes is the case but other times not. No one is perfect, I’m only human and have character flaws like anyone else. One of mine just happens to be feeling like I have to be on the defense all the time. Like I said, I’m working on it!
B: Any advice for someone wanting to start their own channel?
Just be yourself and have fun! Do the videos you want to do and if you want to take the time to do videos also take the time to write back to people! That’s a big thing that I’ve always done and am kind of notorious for, I respond to almost every question. Its harder now with the new layout but I truly try my best. I feel like if someone is taking the time to watch my videos and write me a question, the least I can do is write them back. It really makes their day and helps them a lot. I started my channel hoping to maybe hit 1,000 subscribers and dreaming of some day hitting 10,000 subscribers. I didn’t even know what a YouTube partnership was or that you could get products and stuff for free so that was never my intention. Heck, I didn’t even know I would be doing makeup videos, I kind of thought it was going to be more of a vlog thing. I do the videos I want to do, not ones that I know will get a lot of hits. I am very true to myself, its important, and that would be my biggest piece of advice for others. Its not about being popular, its about being yourself and doing the best you can, if its meant to be the rest will fall into place.
B: What draws you to purchase a brand of makeup or particular product?
Color and price point. Surprisingly, I am not really drawn in by hype. I am partial to certain colors, baby pinks for lips, and pinks for cheeks and brights and jewel tones for eyes. But I also am pretty careful with my money. The most expensive makeup I have ever purchased is my $40 Makeup Forever HD Foundation, but it's totally worth it! I always feel like you should spend more on things like foundation and concealers, great ones are a more rare find than shadows and lip products. I’ve always liked MAC because of its color selection, quality, and price, but it's not the best for everything. You really have to pick and choose your products for each brand.
B: Is the look in L.A. different than the East Coast? How do you think your style will change once you move?
I’m sure it is but I don’t really notice that much of a difference. I think the guys in L.A. dress differently than the girls. I have seen countless, very metro-looking tanks while visiting L.A., not really something you see on the East Coast. I feel like the girls here dress pretty similar, except if we wear Uggs its because it’s cold! I think because no matter where you live you watch the same shows, see the same celebrities. and that’s what shapes a lot of peoples style.
B: Name five products you cannot live without!
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. It makes a huge difference in my skin.
Lashes. Pretty much any pair that are my taste. My favorite are the Sonia Kashuk Full Glam Lashes from Target. It just makes any look so much more feminine and polished.
Mint Lip Balm. I really have a thing for mint lip balms. I think it’s because I love the feeling you have right after you brush your teeth, and mint chapsticks give me that throughout the day.
Eye Liner. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. I like this one because its stays all day on me. I also like the L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner. This one took me a few tries to master but it's actually the perfect tip for winged liner.
Eyelash Curler. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. This is the most amazing lash curler I have ever used. One of the best $20 I’ve ever spent! I have really short lashes that point downward, and this curls them so much! A great investment.