What would the beauty world be without the best beauty blogs? On the weekend (or whenever—who are we kidding?), we love nothing more than checking out what our favourite influencers are talking about. Most of the time, we don't have the chance to check up on them, so a quiet Saturday or Sunday gives us a bit of downtime to see which products they're raving about or what makeup tutorials they're loving.
Even though more and more makeup and skincare blogs launch all the time, we continue to go back to certain experts over and over again, whether that's because they've been pillars of the beauty community for a long time or their expert knowledge is simply unprecedented.
Because it's rude not to share, we thought we'd let you in on the Byrdie edit of the world's best beauty bloggers and why they're so amazing. From insightful product reviews to fabulous makeup tutorials, this is our definitive guide to the best beauty bloggers around right now.
Why follow: Based in Brighton, Anna is incredibly knowledgeable about skincare (check out her recent glowy skin recipe post) but also is one of the most organised women I have ever met, and she's happy to share all her secrets on her website (her super-helpful morning productivity post isn't to be missed) and YouTube channel.
Why follow: There are many things we love about Katie Jane Hughes's approach to beauty. Whether that's the most gorgeous eye makeup tutorials we've ever seen or a blow-by-blow account of getting microblading on her Insta Stories, we're hooked.
Why follow: While we love checking out Bleach London's Insta feed for some hair-colour ideas, there is also Zoe London, who often changes hers up, particularly with bold and bright hues. And if you're worried about how much dye is affecting your strands, fear not—she even has a great tip for how to fix that.
Why follow: Despite this blog's moniker, its approach to beauty is anything but. Expect bold, bright and breathtaking images from this contemporary site. The ideal place to give you inspiration when you're tired of your old makeup routine and you want something to kick-start a transformation.
Why follow: You can't talk about beauty and not talk about Sali Hughes. As well as being the resident beauty columnist for The Guardian and having written one of the most brilliant books on beauty we've ever read (Pretty Honest—go get it now), she also runs the blog Sali Hughes Beauty. Expect to find tutorials, product reviews and videos of chats in her bathroom with fellow beauty people. Honest, upfront and always exactly what you need.
Why follow: Blogger Anna Gardner has been running Vivianna Does Makeup since about 2010. She currently has nearly 400,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel, and it's easy to see why. She is a true makeup and beauty addict and offers up fantastic details about the products she reviews. Not only does she look at the luxury market, but she's also up for hunting out a big bargain, something we always love finding out about too.
Why follow: Care about the environment and want to avoid toxic beauty products but can't seem to find decent products? Allow Katey Denno of The Beauty of It Is to be your guide. She often updates her Insta feed with great "green" product reviews. She's also an incredible makeup artist.
Why follow: Wendy Rowe is the makeup artist for Burberry, so her blog is very much about how to create those incredible makeup looks she does for the likes of Sienna Miller and Victoria Beckham. While these are high glamour, the tutorials on her site give you the opportunity and know-how to do them at home.
Why follow: We enjoy a fellow makeup addict, which is why I Covet Thee features in our best-bloggers list. As well as an array of pretty covetable products on her Instagram account (hence the name, we imagine), there's also a great range of tutorials on her YouTube account.
Why follow: In the world of beauty vloggers, sisters Samantha Chapman and Nicola Haste are true veterans. They launched their YouTube channel eight years ago and now have over 2 million subscribers. Their tutorials are easy to follow and entertaining, and range from Gwen Stefani to Halloween costumes, as well as more basic how-tos such as light contouring.
Why follow: What we love about Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends is her down-to-earth approach to skincare and makeup. The international model is one to follow for skincare advice that actually works—you need only read a couple of the comments on her blog to realise that she knows exactly what she's talking about and understands how to get results.
Why follow: Formerly known as Essie Button, Estée Lalonde has been running her beauty and lifestyle blog for five years. As well as providing helpful beauty video tutorials on her YouTube channel, she shares a inside look at her life on Instagram, as well as her current favourite beauty buys. The gorgeous aesthetic that runs throughout her blog is total #goals.
Why follow: Amber Clark is a beauty blogger who hails from NYC but is currently in Hawaii. While there are lots of snaps on her Insta feed that are about her husband and kids, there's one reason why we keep coming back to her blog: her braids. A self-confessed plait-obsessive, she has given us serious inspiration for our hair.
Why follow: If you know anything about British blog The Sunday Girl, you'll know that this is only a place to find out about new products; there are no tutorials here. But that's just one of the reasons why this blog is so refreshing; it sticks to what it knows it does best. From perfumes to toothbrushes, as well as all the latest makeup launches, this has a lot to offer the makeup addict.
Why follow: Byrdie columnist Doina Ciobanu has the most jet-set of lifestyles and is constantly on the move. For that very reason alone, we know that she's got her beauty regimen down to a T. She's also full of inspo for hairstyles, which is just another reason to read her blog (and her column over on Byrdie too).
Why follow: We've been following makeup artist and blogger Claire Marshall for some time now, and we quite often like to see what she's up to on Snapchat. Not only because she gives us a sneak peek at her daily life but also because she does great beauty looks. Her hair always looks amazing, and we just love her tattoos as well.
Where to follow: Snapchat (@heyclaire), Instagram (@heyclaire)
Why follow: If you're a fan of Byrdie, you'll have noticed that we've featured Lesley of Fresh Lengths a lot. And there's a good reason for that. She's an incredible blogger with new and exciting ideas for natural hair. And she's super gorgeous too. Need we say more?
Why follow: Want seriously easy yet incredible makeup tutorials? Head straight to makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's YouTube channel. From a daily beauty routine for work to giving you a step-by-step no-makeup look, pull out these videos when you want to nail a new style immediately. On Instagram, you'll get fun behind-the-scenes shots with many of her A-list clients.
Why follow: Yanin Namasonthi is super cool. Not only is her style on point, she also gives us great behind-the-scenes looks at cool events. Most recently she had the chance to go try a nail polish vending machine. We're incredibly jealous right now.
Why follow: Sometimes you just need a good swatch to see if you like a beauty product. Instead of tutorials, The Beauty Look Book focusses on high-end beauty products, which is great if you're a total skincare and makeup addict.
Where to follow: TheBeautyLookBook.com
Why follow: When you're tired of all the other beauty products, go to Cult of Pretty immediately. It's run by Ann Colville Somma, who has worked in the beauty industry for over a decade and works in product development and innovation, so she knows a thing or two about the hottest new beauty products.
Where to follow: CultofPretty.com
Why follow: Fun is the word we'd use to describe head Benefit makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon. Because that's exactly what you get—beauty tutorials with a slice of excitement. From advice on how to do wedding makeup to the fake freckle trend, you'll enjoy watching her videos as much as you will learning from them.