"It's every person's right to understand makeup and how to apply it," Nicola Chapman, one half of the makeup artist duo Pixiwoo, tells me while buffing on my foundation. That conviction is what inspired the sisters to launch their YouTube channel over 10 years ago, back when YouTubers like Michelle Phan and Makeup Geek's Marlena Stell were launching a makeup revolution and democratising an industry that had long been exclusive to pros.
The Pixiwoos have followed a similar route to other wildly successful YouTubers, including launching their own line. Their Real Techniques makeup brushes have become one of the most popular affordable options on the market. But after achieving wild success, their channel has stayed true to its mission: to share their knowledge of makeup with the world through tutorials and product reviews — all with a personal twist.
A lot of my formative beauty knowledge was gleaned from makeup artists like Nicole and her sister, Samantha. The women in my life were never big makeup fans, so it was through the Pixiwoos that I learned how to blend shadow, match foundation, and do a cat eye. So you can imagine my excitement when they offered to swing by Refinery29 to give me a makeover. I asked the pair to do their go-to night out look on me while I followed along so that I could later recreate it on myself. In the video above, watch and learn from two YouTube legends — then scroll down for a list of every product used.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, £75, available at Net-A-Porter; Sisley Instant Eclat Primer, £42, available at allbeauty; Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, £9.99, available at Boots; By Terry Nude-ExpertStick Foundation, £40, available at Space NK; Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, £40, available at feelunique; Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49, available at feelunique; Real Techniques Rebel Edge Trio, £19.99, available at Boots; NARS Orgasm The Multiple, £29, available at feelunique; MAC Hush Cream Colour Base, £19, available at Debenhams; Smashbox Major Metals Palette, £19, available at lookfantastic; MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee, £15, available at ASOS; Stila Stay All Day Brow Colour, £16, available at lookfantastic; Tom Ford Ultra-Rich Lip Color in Revolve Around Me, £39, available at Net-A-Porter; Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude Lip Pencil, £16, available at feelunique.