On a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles, Untitled spent some time with Bethany Mota, one of Youtube’s original vloggers and author of “Make Your Mind Up,” a guide to owning your look and lifestyle. Photographing her was an absolute blast—she’s a natural in front of the camera, which isn’t a surprise considering her 10 million followers on Youtube!
Check our chat with Bethany and some fresh makeup looks on her below. She’s a funny, sweet, multifaceted chameleon.
Tina: How has your taste in makeup and hair changed over the past year? Please share a few new product obsessions!
Bethany: When I first started experimenting with doing my hair and makeup differently, there was a lot of trial and error. I was just kind of figuring out what it all was and which products did what. Now that I’ve tried various products and beauty looks, I have found a routine that works well for me. For hair, I’ll either curl it with a curling wand or braid it into two braids overnight and undo them for natural waves that last me about two days. For makeup, I like a nice base (I use Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation). A staple product in my makeup bag is bronzer to contour my cheekbones (I use Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Palette). Eyeshadow is something I rarely use because I like to keep my makeup pretty simple day-to-day. Instead of shadow, I curl my lashes and apply Dior mascara. Then add a bit of liquid eyeliner on my upper lash line. My go-to mascara is Lash Sensational by Maybelline.
Tina: Have you noticed that you’ve changed up your skincare routine since hitting your 20s?
Bethany: When I was a teenager, I struggled with acne so much that I tried out every product just to see if it would help me. I discovered that my skin looks best when I am not using many products on it. The more simple my skin care routine is, the better my skin feels. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve narrowed it down to the products and remedies that work best for my skin. Also, doing things in my daily routine such as drinking more water and always removing my makeup have such a positive impact on my skin’s appearance. Some of my favorite products are J. One’s Jelly Pack, Blithe’s Patting Splash Mask, and Josie Maran’s Bear Naked face wipes.
Tina: Do you have a go-to fragrance?
Bethany: My go-to fragrance at the moment is Blooming bouquet by Dior. I just love anything that smells floral and sweet!
Tina: Are there parts of your new book “Make Your Mind Up” that you’re particularly fond of?
Bethany: “Make Your Mind Up” is like my baby and there are so many parts of the book that are close to my heart. One of my favorite topics that I wrote about is definitely self-love. Taking care of yourself from the inside out is important. It’s very easy these days to compare yourself to others, feel like you are not good enough and doubt your own power. In the book, I share some of my personal experiences with learning to love myself. To sum it up, I think one of the best things you can do is give yourself the permission to be exactly who you are and be proud of whoever that is. Changing to fit another person’s ideal is incredibly draining. If you already accept and embrace your flaws, the opinions of others don’t seem to matter as much.
Tina: When do you feel the most beautiful?
Bethany: I feel most beautiful when I am with friends, family and people that I love. It sounds cheesy but is so true. When I am surrounded with people that I can be free with and vice versa, it truly feels beautiful.
Interview, makeup & photography: Tina Turnbow
Retouching: Su Beyazit
Styling: Cat Wright