How To Do Rad Butch Eyeliner: A Video Makeup Tutorial From Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard

queer-beauty-bar-graphicA forward-thinking Autostraddle reader named Hazel Newlevant had a request on our Hot 100 post – “Can one of you queer geniuses do a tutorial for rad butch eyeliner like Abisha Uhl is wearing? I can never figure out how to make it look that good.”

Obviously we went straight to Brandy Howard and Julie Goldman to demonstrate this very important modern trend in makeup because Julie is always rocking it in their photo-shoots.

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn a cheap and easy way to smash gender and look really sexy doing it.

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  1. I’m suddenly insecure that I didn’t make this tutorial specific to Abisha Uhl, but after googling pictures of her- I don’t know how I would’ve changed it…

    In short, there’s no way to mess it up.

    Good luck Hazel! Let me know how you do.

  2. I’m a hardcore makeup addict, so this wasn’t 100% relevant to me..but butches are sooo ridiculously cute when they’re doing makeup, can’t quite explain it but it makes me want to kiss Julie’s face.

    Also I was seriously head boppin to that song..

    • omg Julie is SO cute in this video. Doesn’t help my already huge crush on her :D

  3. So like i’ve never tried/worn makeup but like I kinda want to try this.

  4. I don’t know how you think anyone would want to talk shit about you in the comments – this is all I’ve ever wanted in life! More Brandy and Julie, please!

  5. As a chick who’s fascinated with Youtube makeup gurus, I heart everything about this.

    I think you’ve identified the gaping hole in makeup video culture.

    Off topic.. What is Julie doing for fitness these days.. Yoga? Floor barre? You both look amazeballs :)

  6. I love this video so much. Almost as much as I loved you for opening the package in the store, Brandy. (I do that all the time because how else am i supposed to know if the eyeliner is smooth or if it’s going to tear my eyelid apart?)

    • Totally. I knew I could trust this tutorial as soon as Brandy opened the package in the store.

  7. I was literally taking a sip of soda and drifting off into my own thoughts when Brandy said that…SPOOKY. Brandy what kind of black eyeliner magic are you using?!

  8. I love it so much! Thank you, Julie and Brandy, for teaching me how to be dirty! (You even pronounced my name right.) Gotta get some black eyeshadow ASAP and try this out. I’ll let you know how it goes, possibly with photo evidence.

  9. Thank you. I have never used eyeliner before and now I feel like I know how to do it

  10. Aaaw ya’ll are SO CUTE putting on eyeliner together. Not gonna lie, I’ve been waiting for queer beauty bar video tutorials. Hope there’s more!

  11. Next can we have a tutorial on how to put lipstick on? Brandy’s looks so good in this video and also I am terrible at putting on lipstick

    • The femmes are swooping in on this comment section :D Here’s my super fast lipstick advice.

      1. Exfoliate your lips with some sugar and a little oil. Use this as an excuse to lick a bunch of sugar off your lips.
      2. Line that shit with lip liner.
      3. Fill in the lip liner! This is important to 1) keep the lipstick on, and 2) prevent you from looking like you did your makeup in the 90s.
      4. Lipstick. Brush or finger or whatever, doesn’t matter. Just color inside the lines! Kindergarten all over again.
      5. If you want to be fancy, add your lip gloss or whatever. If you’re a high-level makeup wearing person who owns finishing powder, brush a little on through a single sheet of toilet paper.
      6. Get bitches.

  12. I hate makeup with a burning passion but I love Julie and Brandy so I watched anyway. Worth it. Hilarious.

  13. This was the perfect balance of silliness and seriously trying to answer Hazel’s question. Once again, Julie & Brandy are the perfect video-making pair.

  14. cool. i’m going to try a new look this weekend! i will not be intimidated by makeup!

  15. Now I want to be a butchie pirate like Julie. But then again, if Julie’s involved, I’ll probably follow like a love-sick puppy.


    But for real, this makes me want to brave the world of eye shadow for once.

  16. riese told us to leave comments here instead of on the facebook, but what i said over there still stands, so…

    you can tell Julie was really concentrating hard, because she didn’t even bat an eyelash at “that gives you more depth, so if you’ve got the balls to go in there…” and she passed on so many “rimming” opportunities.

    (i tried, Riese. I tried.)

  17. I attempted it, but I’m not sure I pulled it off properly. Still looks like I walked out of a rock video though! Maybe I’ll try it next time I go out.

  18. Despite my wish to never wear make up again for the rest of my days on earth, I watched this video with rapt attention.

  19. This make-up tutorial is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ve been wanting to try out a androgynous, Jack White-esque look for a while, and this video showcased two awesome ways to do just that. :D You guys are fabulous.

  20. This is so many things at once: cute, entertaining, hilarious, and obviously useful! I love you guys. I loved THIS. So much. For real. MOAR OF TEH VIDEOZ.

  21. i had no idea what the hell that little softy paintbrush thing was at the end of the eyeliner or what it was for.


  22. I’m about 102 years old and have never worn eyeliner but now I want to do this.

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