FROM THE POW­DER ROOM

YouTube star Natasha Afzal on the biz and how she keeps her­self as per­fect as her on­line per­sona.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty Bazaar - By Sabrina Loh. @beau­ty­with­tashy

Natasha Afzal, or Tashy as she’s fa­mously known from her Beauty with Tashy chan­nel, has 162k fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram and close to 100k sub­scribers on YouTube. No small feat, con­sid­er­ing the 26-year-old only started to dab­ble in make-up re­cently. To­day, she’s a go-to re­source for beauty en­thu­si­asts from around the world on get-gor­geous tips and tricks. So whether she’s demon­strat­ing 10 ways to per­fect heat­less hair­styles (more than 750k views to date) or do­ing a step-by-step tu­to­rial for a pop-art-in­spired Hal­loween look, this is one name to which you’ll want to click sub­scribe.

YouTube vs Re­al­ity—what’s your take?

I’ll ad­mit, some­times YouTube can cre­ate un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions of beauty. It’s im­por­tant to take into ac­count that cam­eras and great light­ing can mask cer­tain im­per­fec­tions, and it’s com­pletely nor­mal to have vis­i­ble tex­ture on your skin.

How did your affin­ity for beauty come about?

I was a late bloomer when it came to make-up. It wasn’t un­til I was in my 20s that I started ex­per­i­ment­ing. Grow­ing up, my mother placed em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of groom­ing. She’d al­ways say, “Look­ing good is the birth right of ev­ery woman.” I used to love watch­ing her get her hair done and doll her­self up. I re­mem­ber think­ing, “I just can’t wait to grow up and be like mummy!”

What are the big­gest chal­lenges of be­ing a YouTu­ber?

I’d def­i­nitely say the tech­ni­cal as­pect. There’s so much more to it than just sit­ting down and turn­ing on the cam­era. You have to think about your set­tings, light­ing, back­drop, au­dio, stay­ing in fo­cus (which can be dif­fi­cult if you film alone, like my­self ), and then there’s post-pro­duc­tion, which is some­thing I had to learn from scratch.

Real talk: How long does it ac­tu­ally take for you to get your make-up on?

Mas­cara ap­pli­ca­tion takes me for­ever. I can do a full face of make-up in seven min­utes or so but it prob­a­bly takes me a good five min­utes for mas­cara alone. I just have this need to get them even and per­fect, which is ex­actly why I love get­ting lash ex­ten­sions.

Al­ways at the fore­front of the lat­est beauty re­leases, Tashy jumps on ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to cu­rate sig­na­ture looks

Tashy’s sig­na­ture cat-eye does won­ders at mak­ing her eyes ap­pear larger; Kat Von D Tat­too Liner, RM99

Get­ting that flick right

Ur­ban De­cay Vice Lip­stick, RM75 Marc Ja­cobs Beauty Dew Drops Co­conut Gel High­lighter, RM205

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, RM199, one of Tashy’s favourites

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