Judging by Christen Dominique’s four million-plus YouTube® subscribers and 1.5 million and counting Instagram® followers, few people would characterize this social media butterfly as shy. You’d never guess it, considering she has her own line of makeup (Dominique Cosmetics™), a new limited-edition MAC® Cosmetics kit, and a face and bod (which she attributes to hip-hop dance — her “first passion”) that’s always photo-ready. Yet interestingly enough, the beauty influencer describes herself as “reserved.”
She credits her confidence to the camera and meet-ups with fans. “It’s only over the past five years that I’ve broken out of my shell and come into my own,” Dominique explains. “I’m more outspoken and feel free to be myself in any situation.”
Her beauty journey, however, started long before she started filming step-by-step tutorials. Much like the camera, magically erasing dark circles with a yellow color corrector stolen from her mother’s makeup bag around age 12 or 13 provided Dominique with an instant boost. “I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup yet and I was already playing with it,” she laughs. “It just made me feel better.” From there, the self-taught beauty guru became the go-to in the girls’ locker room for her peers who wanted a little pick-me-up after P.E. “There would be lines — it was an everyday thing,” she says. “I was known as ‘the makeup girl’ from middle school all the way through high school, and even after [graduation] when I was freelancing.”
Juggling a budding makeup career, a second full-time job, school, motherhood, and marriage was what initially led Dominique to YouTube. “It was becoming really hard to travel and carry [my kit] with me all the time, so I had to make a decision,” she explains. “Somebody gave me a suggestion to do a tutorial on YouTube so that they could follow it instead of having me come over to do their makeup.” The rest, as they say, is history.
Despite her enormous success, Dominique does admit that she still has insecurities — one of them being her skin, which is still prone to an occasional breakout. While there isn’t one product that has proven to be the ultimate miracle worker, she does have a no-fail solution: “If I have a really bad breakout, I’ll do dramatic eyes so that it distracts people!” she says.
Here, the in-demand influencer “spills the tea” on her top 11 skin, makeup, and lifestyle must-haves, shares the secret to selfie-worthy lips, and reveals her “ultimate indulgence.”
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I also do a bit of skin tightening [with radiofrequency] on my neck and face to keep a youthful look. Makeup looks a lot better on smoother skin. I had acne, and now that the texture is smoothed out, my foundation and anything else I apply on top looks better.
[Editor’s note: As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment.]
I go to Nurse Jamie for injectable wrinkle reducer and skin tightening. When it comes to lips, I go to Syuzanna at Flawless Laser Center. She’s [known] for doing lips.”
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