These Beauty Tutorials Are Crazy-Gorgeous

Of all the makeup-artist Instagram accounts we stalk (and believe us, there are a LOT), L.A.-based Robin Black is hands down our favorite. Her Beauty Is Boring account — and its corresponding website — started as a fun side project for Black, whose clients include Lucy Hale and Olivia Wilde. But Black turned her passion project into a full-fledged internet sensation.

"[After shooting with me] models would ask me to do 'fun' makeup on them — I'd create something with their input," she explains. Black, who is also an accomplished photographer, would take Polaroids of the looks and post them to her small blog. Word got around, and as she worked with more models, the demand for that signature Robin Black creativity increased.
Now, Beauty Is Boring has 89,000 followers on Instagram and has landed on multiple "best makeup artists to follow on Instagram" lists. Which is why it's no surprise Black, along with her business partner and newly installed CEO Melissa Barrett, is building out the BIB brand with a new website, tutorials, and — wait for it — a subscription-box type service and her own product line. Are we the only ones breathing super fast in anticipation?
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Let's start with the website. It's been overhauled with a sleek design and brand-new components. There's The Face, an archive of makeup looks and the products used to create them, accompanied by hand-illustrated face charts from the site's resident illustrator, Regina Yazdi. The site also features easy-to-follow tutorials, divided into separate sections so you can focus in on the info you want; and 27-second vignettes that combine Black's makeup mastery with playful videos inspired by silent films. Black also has plans to collaborate with artists and stylists she admires to explore new beauty ideas.
Black and Barrett introduced us to the product portion of the relaunch during an exclusive on-set interview. The two told us that both concepts are still in the development phase, so there's no exact date for a rollout. The curated box, says Barrett, will be about exclusivity, partnering with brands that Black is a fan of and uses every day, providing products (full-sized, not samples, both women stressed) that are a form of accessible luxury.

"We're not targeting millennials," says Black, explaining that they will be focusing on "grown women," particularly the busy, on-the-go kind with an "if it's not fitting in my bag, it's not coming with me" beauty philosophy. "It will be focused on what do you need to get out the door, along with an instructional component," she adds.
As for her own products — which are even further down the line than the box concept — Black says her focus is on a concise line that is portable, with products that can be applied quickly and without tools and are skin-care oriented.

"I don't love the idea [of makeup] as a way to fix flaws," notes Black. "I think of makeup as an accessory — like buying a great purse. It's about transformation, not fixing." Can you see why we love her so much?
If you're not familiar with Beauty Is Boring (or you haven't seen its new look), you're in luck — Black shared some of her new work along with the charts, stories, and products behind every one. Let's just say we can really relate to model Breanna and her love of pastries.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Allie Lewis.
This is what our faces looked like after browsing Beauty Is Boring's The Face Archive.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Adrianne Ho.
Spring's Smoky Eye
Modeled by Adrianne Ho.
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Putting a spring spin on the traditional smoky eye, Black went for a burnished copper shadow and pared-down lip and skin look.

The Products
Tom Ford Creme Color for Eyes in Burnished Copper, Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, RMS Buriti Bronzer, Tom Ford Moisturecore Lip Color in Mystique, RMS "Un" Cover-Up, RMS Living Luminizer.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Raven Lyn.
The Pink Lip
Modeled by Raven Lyn.
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Black admits she's been against pink since childhood, but she notes that when it's combined with liquid liner, bronzer, and a wash of rose gold, she might just be persuaded to change her mind.

The Products
Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Blacquer Precision Pen Liquid Eyeliner, NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Hammamet, Gucci Moisture-Rich Lipstick in Begonia, Guerlain Terracotta 2016 Original Bronzing Powder, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Spotlight.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Alex Boldea.
The Electric-Blue Cat-Eye
Model: Alex Boldea
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Black started her career as a fine-art painter, and her love of color and painting inspires almost everything she creates. Prime example: This electric, psychedelic-blue cat-eye. Black has been playing around recently with very intense, highly pigmented blues and purples and it culminated in this graphic beauty.

The Products
NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Atlantic, Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in First Time, Dior Diorblush in Rose Chérie, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Burberry Face Contour Pen, Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Gabriela Bloomgarden.
Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring, Look No. 1
Modeled by: Gabriela Bloomgarden
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Black used MJ's description of where the mascara idea came from — the designer's mother used to shave fibers from black velvet ribbon and apply them to her lashes in between coats of mascara for a dramatic effect — to create this bronze smoky eye. "I applied three coats of mascara and then pressed the wand through the lashes onto her skin to build an intense texture," she says. Yes, please.

The Products
Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlander Gel Crayon Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 in The Starlet, Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais, Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage, Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder Featherweight Finish.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Devan Nykole.
Butterfly
Modeled by Devan Nykole.
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Black says that orange lips are one of her favorite looks. So what better accent to a fiery tangerine than the royal orange of a monarch butterfly temporary tattoo?

The Products
Chanel Le Crayon Levres in Orange Intense, Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Article, Make Up For Ever HD Blush in Tangerine, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Dinara Chetyrova.
The Architectural Eye
Modeled by Dinara Chetyrova.
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Black created this look in memory of architect Zaha Hadid. "The graceful twisting and sweeping fluid forms that so often marked her work inspired this simple swoosh of liner," explains Black.

The Products
Sisley Paris So Intense Eyeliner in Carbon Black, Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner, Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation.
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Photographed by Robin Black; makeup by Robin Black; modeled by Alex Boldea.
Glitter Punk
Model: Alex Boldea
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Illustrated by Regina Yazdi.
The Inspiration
Black describes this as what happens when you wake up and decide to do a no-makeup makeup look but somehow end up with glitter and crystals instead of concealer. Oops.

The Products
Make Up For Ever Crystal Strass, Make Up For Ever Large Size Glitters in N56 Silver Multicolored, Make Up For Ever Graphic Glitters in 2 Round, Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in Blush N21, Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm.
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