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21 Questions with… YouTube Sensation Michelle Phan


We ask Michelle Phan, who has nearly five million YouTube subscribers and recently launched a line of beauty products called em michelle phan, our 21 questions.

  1. When I get dressed in the morning I think… today is a new day, who do I want to be? Carrie Bradshaw? Audrey Hepburn? Or Daenerys Targaryen?

  2. The one makeup product I never get sick of is… lipstick – it’s always fun to apply and can instantly change your mood. It’s the perfect last accessory to complete your look.

  3. The average YouTube video takes me this long to shoot… 4 hours.

  4. The idea for coming out with my own product line started… after years of reading comments and feedback from my viewers.

  5. The best comment someone ever left on one of my videos was… a thank you comment from a single father that was trying to help his daughter apply makeup for a dance.

  6. When I get negative comments I think… it’s normal – it’s the Internet.

  7. Some of my favorite beauty brands include… my own line, em michelle phan, Benefit, Amore Pacific and Lorac.

  8. The beauty products I try to avoid include… thick cakey foundation, diamond encrusted falsies and primers for eyelashes.

  9. The idea to start my own YouTube Channel started… in 2007 when a few of my blog readers requested video tutorials of my makeup looks.

  10. The best thing about working with L'Oreal is… the knowledge and wisdom that you gain. It’s such a well established company with a great history and I’ve learned more here than I ever have at school!

  11. The product I'm most excited about in my line is… Chiaroscuro – there’s nothing like it on the market. It’s a two minute nose job in a stick.

  12. The last thing I Googled was… swans attacking people (I had no idea that swans could be so mean!).

  13. If my days had one extra hour I'd… watch two more episodes of Adventure Time.

  14. I could never travel without my… headphones.

  15. The item of clothing I'm currently wearing most is… Ash wedge high top sneakers.

  16. The best place to shop for beauty products is… my makeup closet.

  17. The key to healthy skin is… genetics and water.

  18. One luxury item I'm dying to splurge on… The Epic Dragon camera.

  19. If I could have dinner with anyone in the world… it’d be Jesus.

  20. When I get stressed I… deal with it.

  21. On a typical Saturday night I… go to an Asian market and buy things I’ve never had before.