Behind the beauty biz
Brittney Saunders is taking over the world! She’s a YouTuber, social media influencer and the owner of fashion label Fayt. The blonde beauty reveals how she became a boss babe.
How did you learn to do makeup?
It was basically self-taught. I did dancing from when I was four years old, so that’s when I was introduced to it – when my mum would do my makeup for my concerts. But in late high school I just started experimenting with makeup.
When you were in high school, what did you want to do for your career?
I definitely went through the phase of wanting to be a hairdresser when I was in Year Nine. I wanted to drop out and become an apprentice. Other than that, I didn’t really know. I left school and worked full-time in an office, and that was the last job that I had before I got into what I’m doing now.
Do you have set hours for yourself?
No, it’s basically just from when I wake up to when I go to sleep and it’s constant. But it’s good because when you’re doing something you really enjoy, you don’t even feel like you’re working.
What are some of the positives and negatives of running your own business?
The positives are the flexibility of working for yourself and not having to have a boss who may be nasty – and being able to work in your pyjamas! As for the negatives, I would have to say it’s easy to become lazy if you don’t motivate yourself. As much as it can be annoying to have a boss, when you’re on your own and you’re in a lazy mood, no-one’s there to tell you to get up and do stuff.
How do you deal with haters online?
I think if people are taking time out of their day to call me fat or call me ugly, they must be really miserable in their own life. I’ll just block anyone who says really hurtful things.
How do you keep your personal and public life separate?
I’m from Newcastle, which is a smaller city, and I’m still really good friends with all of my school friends. They aren’t into social media and neither is my boyfriend. I feel like they allow me to step away from the social media world, whereas maybe it would be a bit harder if all my closest friends were also YouTubers.
What would you say to girls who want to follow in your footsteps?
I’d say just go for it. The fact that they have that thought in their mind is amazing and I think a lot of the time the only thing that will stop them is the fear of other people judging them. The way I look at it is that I’m going to get to the end of my life and hopefully be glad I took every risk I did and didn’t care about whether I’d fail or whether people were going to judge me.
“I work from when I wake up to when I go to sleep and it’s constant.”