Do You Have To Be Beautiful To Be A Beauty Blogger?

Friday, 28 November 2014



Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and are getting as excited for Christmas as I am. At the moment I'm drowning in Uni work with a couple of big deadlines on the horizon, so I will be happy to be able to finally give myself a few days rest over Christmas for sure! Anyway, today I wanted to talk about a topic which I've been thinking about for a while. 

I've often heard that beauty bloggers are only successful due to their looks and while I wouldn't really class myself as one of the beautiful ones, a lot of lovely bloggers seem to have that opinion when they comment on my FOTD posts, which has led to a couple of questions and remarks surrounding the question 'Do you have to be beautiful to be a successful beauty blogger?'. 

When you look at the top beauty bloggers, and the blogging community as a whole, it's difficult not to notice how beautiful all of the top bloggers are. They all share the same flawless skin, stunning hair and a dress sense to die for, but what really stands out to me is their personalities. The reason those bloggers are successful has nothing to do with looks. Sure, maybe it helped them get there as everyone likes to follow people they aspire to look like, etc but what really got those bloggers there is the hard work and effort they put into their blogs, along with the right personality and I guess a pinch of luck. 

When I look at a new blog for the first time, what I'm really interested in is their reviews - how detailed they are, if they share the same skin type/tastes as me, etc - not what they look like in their profile picture and I actually think that part of the charm bloggers posses is that they aren't all supermodel copies. I'd much prefer to read a review of a skincare product from someone who struggles with their skin, as I feel that it will be more helpful to me as I too struggle with my skin, rather than read one from someone who has perfect skin regardless. 

Beauty Blogging has opened people's eyes to ordinary women in my opinion. Before I was into reading blogs, I would rely on magazines for my beauty inspo, as my friends weren't particularly interested in make up and skincare. However when I look back now, the reason I was disappointed in most products was because they didn't perform some miracle and make me look like the girls in magazines, whereas now I have something realistic to compare my results to, I am much happier with my products and the way I look in general. 

So my answer is no, you don't have to be beautiful to be a beauty blogger. I would by no stretch of the imagination consider myself to be beautiful, I have more than my fair share of flaws which I'm sure most of you are aware of, but at the end of the day I'm human like everyone else- and if I can be a beauty blogger then anyone with a passion for the industry can too, regardless of what they look like. Put in the hard work and effort, and you'll get there eventually. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

11 comments:

  1. I don't think you have to be beautiful to become a beauty blogger. I do youtube and I always think to myself oh I'm so ugly no one will watch my videos and subscribe but is it based on your personality, if you're fun ya know and bubbly people are going to want to watch more of you and get excited if you're just quite shy and boring then people won't want to watch you x x

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  2. I expect there are some people that gravitate towards bloggers based on their looks. I do identify more with bloggers with skin issues like me - I love how Essie Button isn't afraid to show her skin with no makeup when she has breakouts. Most bloggers and youtubers admit that they wear specific makeup on camera for flawless skin xx

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  3. Well, said (or written). I love this post a lot. It tells more and more that you have a sparkling personality. Keep up the good work, we love it :) <3

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  4. I love it when people post things that I agree with! When I read a blog, I will read it if I like the style of writing, honesty, and likeness to me-not 'beauty' which in itself I think is a subjective thing. This was a really refreshing post and I'm glad I found it via your tweet. You've gained a follower in me! :)

    loverosanna.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I think with beauty blogging you can be annoynomous, you don't need to share pictures of your face unlike YouTube which means you can be as open about your looks as you like. x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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  6. I totally agree with this. I must say that I find the world of beauty blogging much less intimidating than the world of fashion blogging! xx

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine

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  7. Interesting topic.
    I have to say I agree with you even though with some bigger bloggers with a readership that is really varied looks and lifestyle are a big thing. Many 10-12 year olds are on the internet these days and they're very visual people - well, we all are - but younger people especially. Pretty design, pretty face cute dog or boyfriend, nice clothes etc become huge contributing factors.
    Whilst I may prefer to read a small blog with a girl that may even take bad photos but at least writes well and gives me good reviews, others (and there's a lot), prefer to see the cute lights and pastel hair and most of the time don't even bother reading whatever the person wrote because they're distracted by pretty pictures or whatever. I could write an essay here lol
    I agree with you though, hardwork pays off and a pinch of luck too is needed. I have nothing against successful people - if anything, they inspire me :) The blogging community is cool because it's varied!

    http://creepersandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Great topic, Becky. I personally think that you don't have to be 'pretty' to be a blogger. Although, the appearance does make some difference, in terms of 'numbers/followers.'....
    - I read somewhere that one blogger mentioned - beautiful bloggers tend to gain more readership and fame way faster than the others, and that's an ugly side of blogging. Sadly, I think it is true, however, I still believe that the numbers shouldn't be the priory reason 'why' you are blogging. (But, don't get me wrong - I do care about my statistics and It's nice to see the readership grows time to time) x

    Grace ● N°.21 A Lifestyle Blog

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  9. I definitely think you are a beautiful beauty blogger and whilst you don't have to be to be successful I don't feel confident enough to post make up looks or my face because of blemishes, so that holds me back and I can imagine others because quite simply the make up doesn't look as good on a flawless base. I am not prejudice but I would buy something because it makes my skin look good not bad....therefore I don't want to show people a product on my awful skin so I don't get a chance to do much of it xxx


    BlondeOfCarbs

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  10. I hope my opinion here isn't going to be taken away, I partially agree but also disagree a bit. The bigger beauty and fashion bloggers I think seem to all be that model-level of beauty, maybe it's because they are so good at make up and styling themselves, but they're still the most polished of people AND they have the great personality, but it never seems to be 'big' personalities, I don't see many bigger bloggers voicing as many strong opinions about things on their blog, but I guess that's spreading off into what they write about haha...

    So basically I agree that they are big because of their personalities, but also every aspect of their blog, INCLUDING their looks. That's just the society we're in now where too much value is attached to how a woman looks, and it's so ingrained in us we can't help it even if we fight against it.

    Also agree with above comment, they also have the confidence to show pictures of themselves. xo

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  11. I am pretty sure you don't have to be beautiful or a supermodel in order to be a blogger. Another question is: do you have to be rich to have alll these new beauty things from all the brands ant the latest fashion clothes? My answer is NO! For me blogging is all about personality. But when people try to hide behind the money....so saaaad(((
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    Stacy

    http://tastyrumors.blogspot.com/

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