With her blog and YouTube channel known as the happiest place on the internet: she’s super fun, giddy, girlie, entertaining, educational, quirky, bold and beautiful, ladies and gentleman please meet Kandee Johnson!!
Born in LA, the lovely Kandee has become an international superstar, mostly due to her Youtube channel (insert link here). She started blogging in 2008 and shortly after her fame exploded! Tutorials, DIYs, Makeup/Fashion hauls, recipes, you name it Kandee has everything! Did I mention she has 4 kids? She has 4 kids. They are all so cute! I love that she includes her kids in her videos. Her little cuppycake is so cute! I just want to squeeze her!
Kandee also worked as a makeup artist on the Conan O’Brian show (LOVE HIM!) as well as movies, TV and commercials and celebrities. Seeing how she a young 30 something year old and already done all this, how awesome is that? I’m 25 and I only dream of doing those things! Pretty much amazeballs.
WHY I LOVE KANDEE
Bubbly. just like her personality!
SO many reasons why I love her. I first discovered Kandee when I decided to go to Cosmetology school in 2008, although I didn’t actually attend until 2010. During my husband’s second deployment something in me snapped, and I had started loving fashion, makeup etc. I wasn’t on YouTube as constantly as I am now back then. Once I started playing with makeup I just thought “Hey, I’m kinda good at this. Maybe I should go to school for it.” I ended up doing Cosmetology so that I could have hair as an extra skill. I loved doing hair but I was really disappointed and sad we didn’t focus on makeup very much so whenever I got the chance to play I did. I got a student MAC makeup kit which was pretty amazing. There was no turning back after that! Since we were stationed in England at the time and I had gone back to the States for school and lived with my parents, I was always on the computer Skyping with my hubby. When I wasn’t I was watching Kandee on YouTube.
I don’t remember what I searched for but Kandee’s video was first to come up. I watched it and was hooked. There are things they just don’t teach you in cosmo school about makeup. You have to read and practice. I feel like I learned all my basics from Kandee (and others but Kandee was first). I learned how to start filling in my brows (I was SO surprised at what a difference it made!), highlighting, contouring, blending, etc. People at school started complimenting me on my makeup. I’d tell them thanks, I learned it from a Kandee Johnson video. They’d reply “What’s a Kandee Johnson?”
You can imagine how crazy I thought they were for not knowing who she is!! Seriously. How do you NOT know who KJ is? She’s only one of the most bubbly people on the internet. But ok. I forgive you. On the board in the back of school I remember me and another girl made Kandee MUA of the month and her picture was back there for a month and then people started watching her videos and realizing how awesome she is.
I started Cosmo school Feb. 2010 and graduated in November 2010. For Halloween we shut down the Academy for half a day to have a Halloween party. If you’re familiar with Kandee at all you know she has sooooo many awesome costume tutorials. And since I was in hair school I figured, what better costume to be for Halloween than…..Edward Scissorhands.
Left: Kandee Right: Me 2010
This was my first super crazy makeup. I walked into school and people were like WHOA THAT IS SO AWESOME. They told me I looked sad all day but I wasn’t! haha! Its just Edward has sad eyebrows! For my first attempt at something like that I was pretty proud of myself (I watched it about 594683 times before I did it! haha!). Kandee, you’ve turned me into a monster. 🙂
I feel like after that her fame just went through the roof. At the time I think she maybe the only, or very few, Edward tutorials on YouTube. I was SO excited when I saw a new Kandee video on my feed. “Oh boy what is it today? What I am gonna learn?” She helped make me feel good about myself. I never felt bad about myself or anything, but she just did in own little Kandee way. Oh, AND she has Disney Princess Halloween looks and that was it. This woman knew her stuff. And obviously I love Disney so I was like “I like this lady” hehe.
She’s the type of girl you can just hang with. Your virtual best friend ‘sending you hugs through the internet.’ I would love to just go get girly drinks with her and go shopping and have a slumber party. I have to say during Cosmo school when I went shopping I would think “Would this be something Kandee would wear?” LOL ok its pathetic but seriously, she always had the cutest stinking clothes! Yet again, turning me into a monster. My husband thanks you. 😉 hehe. For real though, he does. Because I had NO style at all before school. Jeans and a tank top or shirt all the time. Nothing wrong with that except I’m sure it got a bit boring to look at. 😛 Not a creeper, you just got great style Kandee!
Now she travels the world doing interviews, meet and greets, classes and of course her blog and YouTube. I’ve never met her (I always miss her at these events dang it! lol). I think I would probably just smile and tear up and hug her and awkwardly ask if I can have a picture with her and where she got her outfit at lol. She’s actually doing a class in Vegas next month that lasts for 3 days, that I totally wish I could afford to go to. I’m sure learning from her and chatting with her in person would be the most amazing thing ever. Actually I’m not even sure if I’d learn anything from her because I’d be sitting there all giddy like “OMG that’s Kandee Johnson” over and over in my head.
I feel like my makeup career has grown with hers even though I haven’t been doing it as long as she has. I always wanted to do what she does. Just have fun, make people feel beautiful and play with makeup.
Kandee thank you so much for being such an inspiration for me and so many others. You started it all for me. Thanks for letting your fans be such a part of your life and being happy and fun and amazing to watch and teaching us new things. Maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to meet you and tell you in person. I think everyone of your fans has a little bit of Kandee in them somewhere. Thank you for inspiring me to want to be a better makeup artist and to always remember to be cheerful and to enjoy life and my ‘job’. Love you so much lady! (And PS…if you could maybe do a meet in greet in NC that’d be AWESOME. 😉 )
My crazy happy thank you face! Its actually hard to take a selfie while holding a sign, lol
Seriously Kandee, thank you for everything!
How to clean brushes, to Edward, weddings and more…its all your fault I’m hooked. Thank you. ❤
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