Sam and Nic Chapman reveal the products they still buy

Mia Steiber 7 September 2016

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Ahead of their visit to Australia, we learn about the sisters' must-have products and timeless tips.

Beauty junkies and makeup mavens all over the world have had a healthy obsession with Sam and Nic Chapman for years. Makeup artist duo, beauty bloggers and sisters, Sam and Nic Chapman are the brains behind fantastically successful YouTube channel Pixiwoo. In case you've been living under a rock, Pixiwoo is the beauty channel - it has over 2 million subscribers and is dedicated to accessible tutorials, makeup basics and beauty advice. Certainly one of the first (if not the actual first) beauty YouTube channels, Pixiwoo has taught a generation of people (including me) how to wing eyeliner, correctly contour and to have fun with makeup.

Off the back of the success of Pixiwoo, the sisters created Real Techniques brushes. You've probably seen them at Priceline or maybe you (like me) even own a few. This intuitive brand aims to create easy-to-use products that make bold and intricate makeup looks accessible to everyone, not just talented makeup professionals.

Sam and Nic are set to visit Australia tomorrow and on Saturday to meet and greet their Australian fanbase. The sisters will be sitting down in flagship Priceline stores in Sydney and Melbourne stores to talk makeup, brushes and everything beauty.

Here at finder we got in touch with the sisters ahead of their Sydney and Melbourne appearances to ask them about their beauty tricks, hacks, favourite products and the secrets to their success.

What’s one beauty trend you’re loving right now?

We are loving the healthy glow trend since it is summertime here in the UK.

What’s your best beauty hack?

We use the Real Techniques setting brush with a dark shadow to cover up any grey areas in our roots.

What are the beauty products you continue to buy? Do you have any favourite mascaras, brow products or eyeliners?

MAC Face and Body and YSL Volume Effect Mascara.

What’s your best tip for the perfect winged eyeliner?

Using a brush. The Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush will help you achieve the perfect line.

Do you have any advice for any budding beauty junkies or business chicks?

Always follow your dreams and keep putting in the hard work.

What inspired you guys to create Real Techniques?

In 2010, when the Pixiwoo channel had reached around 30,000 subscribers, the idea behind Real Techniques began. One of the most important things behind makeup artistry is using the right tools, and for many women, they’re not quite sure where to start. The majority have grown up using triangle wedges, eye applicators, powder puffs and even their fingers to apply makeup. Now that YouTube was coming alive as a way to learn the pro secrets, brushes seemed like the perfect fit. Plus, social media now makes it easier than ever to hear exactly what women are looking for, and to create products that are tailored just for them.

I own a few of these brushes myself and they’re amazing. What do you think is the secret to your success? 

The fact that they are synthetic so they work with creams, liquids or powders. They are long lasting and provide flawless results.

What’s your favourite Real Techniques brush?

We have three. Our Top 3 Brushes are:

Setting Brush. Just small enough to powder all the intricate areas of the face without powdering the whole face.

Expert Face Brush. This brush is just the best for all types of foundation. It blends perfectly.

Deluxe Crease Brush. The reason this brush is so awesome is that it works perfectly with eyeshadows and concealer it fits perfectly in the orbital bone.


Sam and Nic will be in Sydney on Thursday 8 September at Priceline Westfield Sydney. They will be there from 5-5:45pm to answer beauty questions and take a few photos. The sisters will be in Melbourne at Priceline Westfield Doncaster on Saturday 10 September from 2-2:45pm.


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