Facts You May Not Know About Michelle Phan


With over eight million subscribers, more
than a billion views, a company valued at $500 million, and a net worth of $50 mil,
Michelle Phan is — hands down — a makeup mogul. As she tells her viewers, quote, “I live,
I love, I teach, but most importantly I learn.” Turns out there’s a whole lot to learn about
this media megastar, too! Phan girl A child of Vietnamese immigrants, Phan’s early
life was anything but easy. In a 2016 interview with Mashable, Phan revealed
that her father gambled away most of the family’s money, leaving for good when she was just
six years old. She remembered, “One day, you have a father who’s always around. And then the next day, he’s gone. I was too young to comprehend that. I actually thought he was going to come back.” While Phan originally planned to follow her
parents’ dreams for her, to study medicine, she revealed that as a child she wanted to
work in a nail salon, just like her mom: “I wanted to be like my mother. She didn’t wear a cape. Or shoot lasers out of her eyes. She was someone who wore a smile and made
people more beautiful.” Accordi ng to Phan, her mother was “heartbroken
and scared” when Phan decided to attend Ringling College of Art and Design, instead of med
school. She would be forced to drop out after one
semester because of lack of tuition money, and would later receive an honorary doctorate
from the school in 2014. But it was during that one semester when she
would film her very first video. Reframing rejection When Phan applied for a job at a department
store Lancôme counter, she told ABC News: “I didn’t get the job because I didn’t have
any sales experience and so instead of just shutting that door I decided to open up my
own laptop and film my own makeup tutorials.” That rejection led her to become a YouTube
sensation. She said: “I always tell my followers, you know that
if something doesn’t happen in life the way you plan it, sometimes it’s the universe telling
you to go in a different direction. And that led me to YouTube.” She posted her first video on her Xanga blog
in 2006, when she was studying at Ringling college, earning 40,000 views in just one
week. Phan told Cosmopolitan that’s when she realized
she may have a hit on her hands. Multi-talented Phan’s not just into beauty. She shared with the Wall Street Journal that
she plays the piano and trumpet, among other instruments. She also has a passion for art, telling Nylon,
“I could go into my happy place in my head and occupy my thoughts with my passions, like
drawing and creating.” And how else does Phan de-stress? By meditating in a copper pyramid, in her
Los Angeles apartment. She described its purpose, saying, “Scientists
in Russia discovered that whenever they put medicine inside of any pyramidal structure,
it restructures the molecule’s chemicals and increases the potency by 30 percent.” Michelle’s pyramid is certainly working, but
maybe don’t try that pyramid thing at home. Fresh face The makeup guru admitted she typically goes
light on makeup, telling Racked LA, “Most days, I just wear a little concealer and that’s
it. I have nothing to hide. My viewers have seen me without makeup, so
it’s all good.” Surprised? Just get a load of her top beauty tips! According to Phan, the most important beauty
product is water. She told the Wall Street Journal: “The number one is to drink water. Drinking water can flush out all of your toxins,
it can rehydrate your body, taking water is really good for you.” She also recommends sunscreen — not just
for wrinkles and brown spots, but health as well. And last but not least? “Honestly just smile. Because if all else fails, when you smile,
that’s happiness is beauty.” Express yourself Phan doesn’t view makeup as a way to cover-up,
but as a way to bring out your inner beauty. She described the ritual of applying makeup
to The Huffington Post, saying, “You get to have that moment in front the mirror every
morning and give yourself self-love. You’re making yourself beautiful.” She says makeup isn’t a mask but, rather,
“A weapon that helps you express who you are from the inside.” Paying it forward Phan describes her makeup subscription company,
Ipsy, as a business designed to “give back to the community and help them reach success.” She added to that potential by launching Ipsy
Open Studios, in Santa Monica — a space for beauty creators to shoot videos using
all of the necessary tools, for free. She said, “Someone who looks similar to you
and likes your specific style wants to learn from you, not from me or anyone else. It’s about making a connection.” She acknowledged that with the internet, there
is “a niche market for everything.” Phan focuses not on competition, but on collaboration,
saying, “It’s such an incredible journey, and I want
to share this to more people, because if I can do it, people can do it too and they can
probably do it better.” Healing her soul Once she hit it big on YouTube, Phan became
a self-professed workaholic. “The taste of success was like a drug. And I couldn’t get enough. I figured, the more productive I am, the more
successful I’ll become” But her perspective quickly changed. “I spent my whole life chasing after success,
only to find myself running away from the very thing that mattered: myself.” Then, her makeup collaboration with L’Oreal
failed. She wrote in Teen Vogue, “When Em Cosmetics flopped, I was trolled
so hard online. I had Reddit forums dedicated to hating on
it.” She then began retreating from her public
life, writing in the mag, quote “I wanted to be forgotten, so I began posting less online.” By December 2015, she was gone from YouTube
and Instagram completely. She later reflected on her decision to take
a break from social media. “My intuition told me it was time to leave. I took refuge in a place where I could find
meaningful time to heal, learn, and grow.” And that she did. Back at it Phan returned to Instagram in December 2016
with posts for her Em Cosmetics line, which she’d brought back from the dead, prompting
fans to wonder where she’d been all that time. In an interview with Racked, Phan admitted, “I’m actually happy Em didn’t do well, because
I’m happy that I own it. It is my makeup brand, it’s not L’Oreal’s
makeup brand. It’s not for me; it’s for my viewers who have
been there since the beginning.” The first products for her new line went on
sale in April of 2017, so here’s hoping for continued success for Phan. Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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100 Comments

  • At 3:47 she was with rossana pansino

  • she looks like neslihan atagΓΌl

  • She promotes natural beauty, embracing oneself and being "honest" to her followers, then she should also admit to getting plastic surgeries instead of hiding on doing them. I don't think there is anything wrong with getting work done to make yourself more happy, but then don't lie and hide away about it.

  • She left…

  • She was one of my favourite youtubers her tutorials were easy to follow and gave me the confidence to achieve anything ❀

  • What's the clip from 5:24?

  • People are such bullies online, their just jealous. It was the very start to her makeup brand and she's not a huge celebrity with tons of money, she did ok with em in the beginning. Not all of her products sucked, I actually miss some. Practice makes perfect, I wish she hadn't of let the negativity get to her and disappeared. Loads of people still miss and support her. I'm glad she's still living her dream, and happy tho.

  • What is EM

  • I have a feeling that she's never coming back

  • I find it quite funny how she talks about self love, yet had obviously plastic surgery to make her look more kpop-y

  • She's my inspiration. 😘

  • I’m sad she left YouTube, but honestly I think it’s for the better. There’s little to no genuine people in the beauty community now. I hope I can become someone like Michelle someday. Until that day comes, I won’t quit my daydream~~

  • I lover her so much

  • Such marvellous makeup!!

  • Welcome Back Major accomplishment πŸ‘

  • I love Michelle Phan

  • why cant all beauty guru's be like her and be INSPIRING

  • Love her!!

  • her names is pronounced Michelle Phan (fan)

  • Michelle did my make-up for my headshots.

  • Woaahh. I can't believe a lot of people are hating on her on this comment box because she's successful

  • I wish she would come back!!!!I miss her a lotttttttttt😭😭😭😭😭

  • I love her

  • Michelle Phan is simply beautiful.

  • Michelle Phan we love you !

  • Hey guys im a small youtuber who is enjoying making content on here subscribe to my channel i will subscribe to yours just let me know here in the comments <3 x

  • Miss her makeup tutorial, her voice is very calming

  • Lol am I stupid for crying, I love her

  • She’s one of the most inspiring people

  • yΓͺu chα»‹ πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜β€β€β€πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ‘„πŸ‘„πŸ‘„πŸ’πŸ’•πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’“β€πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’¦πŸ’Ÿ

  • Missing Michelle Phan πŸ˜”

  • why her face shape looks kinda different in some videos

  • Anyone know which tutorial is @3:40? The name of the vid or the link would be nice πŸ™‚

  • She was the first person I started watching on YouTube for makeup. I came to YouTube for her. After that I discovered a beauty world 🌎 on the YT. Even though, I may not watch her videos that often anymore I learned a lot from her and I still admire her.

  • Somehow she's look like Suran

  • Glad she is back around. I don't wear makeup, but I found myself watching her videos because she had such positive vibes.

  • Michelle's so inspiring πŸ’•

  • Most of these are all on her channel.

  • I love Michelle Phan since 2011. She's an inspiration, a truly girl power. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  • She is the reason why so many youtuber, who make youtube as a career. She really a youtube mogul

  • I miss Michelle phan

  • Michelle is why I wanted to do makeup. I love her so much, she's literally the first beauty guru I had ever seen.

  • is it Rosana Pansino @3:47

  • Did anybody notice rossana panisno in this vid

  • πŸ’›

  • Is she pregnant.. at 3:33 it seems like..

  • I miss her. a true legend.

  • She’ll find herself again… I know for sure.

  • Good video

  • What an amazing story!

  • I had no idea she runs Ipsy!

  • Am I the only one who dosent know who she is

  • Ha actually my family name is Phan too

  • Nor man mopink

  • 2:08 just like Jessica Alba 😍😍

  • My dad gambled all our family money And left when I was 6

  • looks like tu from ASNTM

  • I have nothing against Vietnamese. But they eat dogs in their country. It's as widespread as kfc is in ours in their country. I'm sure Michelle doesn't eat dog meat. And she's a inspiring and beautiful individual. But I do wonder if her parents ate it though. I really really hope Vietnamese, South Koreans, filipinos and Chinese from China will stop eating dogs. Because dogs are our friends πŸ•β€πŸΆ not food. ✌✌✌

  • I really miss her

  • I love her! Such s beautiful soul

  • Literally thought it was jessica alba

  • Who is Michell Pahn??

  • why hasn't she oploaded new videos

  • 3:36 <3

  • I miss her videos and her webtoon.😭

  • I love her so much β™₯β™₯β™₯

  • I miss her 😭😭😭😒😒

  • I love her

  • Love her

  • Amen! I agree!

  • May I know where can I watch the whole complete video start from 5:25, thanks.

  • Good video, but also 50 % her draw my life…

  • She is very smart and beautiful, she deserves it, very down to earth.

  • God, i love her smile

  • Now she is loaded, people work for her now .Fairytale came true, she is truly a blessed person.

  • I’m Vietnamese, and I think I’m related to her I think πŸ€”

  • Where has Adri gone. All my messages are either deleted or ignored. I think a welfare check is in order to make sure she is ok. but we will see.

  • the first barbie and snow White vdo of hers which i watched in my childhood I did not knew she could be so inspiring

  • She has inspired millions of people
    She is my inspiration indeed πŸ‘πŸ»

  • I love her..shes soo cute,innocent & kind heart

  • i didn't realize how alike we are

  • I hope you are well

  • Anyone here would like to subscribe to my channel? Thank you guys! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi1BROCsrOeL96JYh9NGuSA

  • Michelle Phan is a legend. I remember my sister always watching all of her makeup tutorial, and when I saw it I told to myself I wish I could do that as well she's amazing.

  • She is a legend.

  • β™‘

  • Such an inspiring youtube video I happened watch today. You’re amazing! I’m lucky to β€œknow” you today. Keep discovering yourself!

    Respect! ❀️❀️

  • Her makeup does not look good at all

  • I miss her makeup videos ;'(

  • Really live her.. she gave lot of tips and makeup hacks that made make up easy and fun to get through the day… Haha talking from me who rarily touch a brush

  • She is very cute and talented

  • she's such an inspiration

  • Michelle. The original OG.

  • She is the first vlogger I watched and loved.

  • I love you darling

  • She is a sweet baby!!! l don't care that she doesn't make as much content. Her old videos are iconic, they are her legacy. We love you Michelle, live your dreams!! wise beyond her years!!

  • To feel more beautiful, you must get cooking with the #Chefs ! Sub us and learn to eat better and live longer.

  • I miss her… 2019?

  • her sweet voice makes me feel calm and unperturbed. She has such a warm heart. Wish she would be back :<

  • as famous as she is, people still dont pronounce her last name right.. its "fan" btw

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