Makeup Geek TV Marlena Stell- Beyond Just a Regular Makeup Guru

Makeup Geek TV Marlena Stell

MakeupGeekTV Marlena Stell Beyond Just a Regular Makeup Guru Makeup Branding

In my search to bring you the best beauty gurus online, I now skip away from UK-based gurus to the American ones. There are a lot of exceptionally wonderful and talented gurus from the US, but one of my absolute favorite will have to be Marlena Stell.  She is a makeup artist based in Sacramento, CA and is also the CEO of Makeup Geek, a website that has very recently launched its own range of makeup products, which are getting amazing, positive reviews. That is why I feel she has gone beyond just being a YouTube guru by launching her own makeup line.


On her website, MakeupGeek, Marlena says:
“Makeup Geek is my place to share my passion for makeup and beauty with so many others! My goal in life is to help even just one person feel more beautiful – if that means the use of makeup, then I’m ok with that. Makeup for me is a way to enhance my natural beauty- it isn’t a mask or a way to hide, but more like a way to shine. It can also be a way to get creative and wear gorgeous colors in a fun way! If applying the perfect shade of lipstick makes me feel more confident on my way out the door, then I want every other woman (or man) out there to feel that same confidence, so that is why I tape my videos. I want every person out there to feel confident in his/her makeup skills and feel “pretty”.”


If you watch her videos, you realize just how much she means those words. She is not only exceptionally gifted at teaching makeup techniques in her videos but she also cares about all her subscribers and is quick to point out any dupes for anything she uses that would be easy on the pocket too. She uses a wide range of products from every possible makeup brand out there & doesn’t just relentlessly promote her own line of brushes or eye shadows (MakeUp Geek – MUG Products).

Reasons Why I Think You Will Love Marlena’s Videos:

  • She teaches very well – zooms in on her features; patiently and practically shows us exactly how to place, blend, work and highlight the product on ourselves.
  • For any expensive product she uses, she promptly will mention a budget-brand that we can easily substitute it with.  She even has a series of videos “Product Smackdown,” where she honestly compares two very similar products, one of them high-end and the other a budget-brand and gives the pros and cons of each, and declares a winner.
  • She is a genius with eye makeup looks for all occasions and all skin types. I just love that she uses not just “safe” colors, but shows us how to work with bold colors too. Look at this video and MakeupGeek videoyou will get an idea regarding what I’m referring to. Isn’t it a pretty eye look! :drool:
  • What I absolutely love about her is that whenever she uses a shade, she almost always mentions if it would suit a darker skin color too and if not, then mentions a color that would suit. As an Indian girl, for me, this is what I really want to know when I see these videos online. Most of the gurus are Caucasian, the way the product looks on their skin color would be different from what it would look like on me. So, it is good when a professional helps in this way.
  • She also sometimes does videos showing us face masks, easy healthy snacks, etc.
  • She has a wonderful persona and a beautiful smile always! You will enjoy watching her videos.
  • She is the #23 All-Time Most Subscribed Makeup Guru on YouTube, so she has a huge following and she is sensitive to everyone’s suggestions.

Check out MUG range of eye shadows, really pretty, highly pigmented colors for just $ 5.99 each (~Rs.300) and YES, they ship worldwide! These are supposed to have a quality that can compete with MAC and other high-ended brands! Her viewers voted for her top 10 eye shades which are shown in the swatches below:

Top 10 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

All said and done, Marlena is a delight to view! I highly recommend her videos to anyone who wants to learn makeup by a sweet, lovely Makeup Geek likes ourselves! :high5: I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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155 thoughts on “Makeup Geek TV Marlena Stell- Beyond Just a Regular Makeup Guru

    1. She really is so genuine & such an inspiration her weight loss is right???!!!! i should’ve included that too! :headbang: but I’m glad you mentioned it Bee 😀

    1. Morning Jomol..I shouted on a girl today morning in my cab.. :(( I am feeling terrible!! 😥 I am usually not like this..donno what cab people were also shocked…

      1. I’ve become all cranky since last week only..on Friday too I shouted at the landlord, his wife, his daughter, the real estate agent and even the guy who came to see the house. That guy got so scared..he booked my house within 5 minutes of my hungama!! 😐 😐

            1. you too Preetha!! 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 People are already so scared of me here..coz of my reserve toh they might be thinking I am some psycho case of nervous breakdown!! 😐 😐

              1. hey jus kiddin can such a sweet girl b a psycho?..we all have mood swings..jus chocolates..get a facial done,do some shoppin 😉 ..I do all this to relieve myself from stress n hubby tries his level best to calm me down… :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

                1. he he…I think I am just getting tensed about shifting and all…Abhi takk packers and movers aren’t fixed..these agarwal guys came on saturday and after knowing that its a company’s relocation thing, they are quoting three times the normal shipment price….crazy fellows…
                  Khair..I think I’ll try meditation..actually…I love to meditate..but I get scared whenever I have to meditate in a house where I am alone.. 😐 I always get creepy feeling as if some bad force will come and hurt me…donno why!! 😐 ..I usually meditate only when there is someone else in the home too…I feel more secured that way..

                  I think eating chocolate might help!! 😀

                    1. Kimi….I think leaving your job and moving to a new place is getting to you. It happens usually, you want to take it out at everyone, and its very normal. Once you are all settled in the new place, you will get back on track,,,,,,nothing abnormal about it :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:

                    2. haan..even I am thinking the same Jomol…I’ve been so won’t believe..I called my hubby yesterday at 1 AM and asked him to check the train and flight tickets..for their dates….if they are correct or not….. 😐 😐

                    3. Kimi….I think its very normal….you are moving to a new place and its excitement+tension+anxiety+happiness+sadness all in equal doses……react the way want to react, if you want to shout at somebody, please do, its a good way to vent out feelings and feel good :puchhi: :puchhi:

                    4. Kimi….Toberone….its the best… will feel floating in the clouds… at least 4 bars to feel the maximum effect :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

                    5. he he he…haan ..thats what hubby also told..I think all taureans think 1 AM when I called..not even once he got angry..he said.. “Ok! I’ll check”..and after few minutes, he said all dates are fine.. I know he never went out of his bed..but just calm me down he said like that….

                    6. ha ha ha..I love tobelerene too Jomol..but I’ve had so much of it and Ferrero Rochero that I am bored of them now…I want to eat Bournville…solid dark chocolate! 😀

                    7. he he he..and Jomol too is mother in law is too a taurean and she is the cooolest lady I’ve ever come across!! 😀

                    1. Preetha….sweet food is comfort food for me……I feel much better eating Rocher Ferrero…. :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom:

                    2. Well, Issac Newton was also a taurean….not that I am hinting at anything… :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:

                    3. :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: I didn’t get any hint Jomol!!! :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

                    4. Kimi…..Issac Newton, me, your husband, Sanjeevji……same month born…. :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: isse zyada dabba main nahin maaar sakti….. :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:

                    5. :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: and my saasu ma too…I just know one thing common in all of them..they have great sense of humor !!

                      Alsooooooo, jomol…Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton lacked common sense to a great deal? He had a cat and kittens…and he made two separate sized flaps on his door for separately for the mother and the children !! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

                      Now what hint should I take from here? :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

                    6. Kimi….I know this Issac Newton’s cat and kitten story, I had read it in a magazine called “science” which I used to love reading. but you correct Kimi…common sense is something that even I lack…… 😥 😥 😥 😥

                    7. new update from Taureans: We have removed Sanjeevji from our group.

                      Signed by Jomol, Kimi’s husband, and Sir Issac Newton :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth

                    8. :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: Actually naa..coz your greater part of the brain is more functional I guess!! :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

                    9. I was right about the sense of humor and presence of mind… :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

                    10. Kimi…except my medulla oblangata….all other hemispheres of brain are functional, the cerebella, cerebellum, pons…everything :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

                    11. actually, taurean club headquaters is in Hyd only…we have no other branches…… O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

                  1. Err….Sanjeevji…Sir Issac Newton and Kimi’s husband and sasuma had decided to give me that title unanimously….abhi yeh title available nahin hai :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

                    1. Yes but your one year tenure has ended…now is the time for the new messiah..the rising star of the north (as compared to the lacklustre one from south that is…) 😛

                    2. Special Notice: Taurean Headquarters in Hyderabad NOT FOR SALE. Sale rumours are false :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:

                    3. I am the lifelong messiah…no democracy in Taurean land…only dictatorship…no reelections :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff:

                    4. Err….good koshen Kimi…..actually, since Sanjeevji is such a good soul, messiah of sorts….I put forward Sanjeevji’s name…….approved….PLEASE CRUCIFY :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

                    5. :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: Jomol!!! :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

                    6. noRTH…SOUTH….playing the regionalism card….. :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: criminal offence :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono:

                    7. Kimi….before Sanjeevji’s wife comes with her rona dhona….jaldi crucify him……..before crucifying….please don’t forget to hunter him :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:

  1. heyy am quite curious and excited to check her videos out. Realistic is always good..feels normal 🙂 Thanks.

    and good morning to you all.. :yahoo: :yahoo:

    @Kimi – relax…..meditatation is the way to go..just deep breathing everytime you think you are about to lose it. easier said than done but with practice will really work. coupled with IMBB, shopping etc, you’ll do just fine.. :puchhi: :puchhi:

    1. :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: Aruna and Preetha!! :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

  2. Lovely post Nafisa :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ….I’m gonna chk out her videos :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: …@Kimi – it happens attime swith all of us I guess no fikar-not….try doing a little help to someone around and u will feel fine :high5: ….and gooooooooooood morning Aru, Preetha, Jomol, Kimi and everyoneeeeeeee :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. Ooper se this Final Destination part 1 and 2 are such depressing movies..donno I watched them both on weekends!! :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: I want to watch Andaaz Apna Apna now!! 😀 😀 😛 😛

        1. How about reading the horoscopes again :hihi: :hihi: …the hindi ones u shared….I was on floor laughing and along with all my office mates :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

          1. OMGG!! Those horrorscopes…I mean horroscopes were daaaaaaamnnn hilarious TA!! :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: I start laughing even at the thought of them…..Amazinggggggg whosoever has written them!! :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

            1. Very true Kimi…..kya likha tha kisi ne 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆
              I’m sure by now u must all good good now :puchhi: :puchhi:

        1. Good Afternoon Aru…. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: I so wish to get notifications for comments here too like FB so that I cud know the replies….. :scream: :scream: I always tend to miss the chain :waaa: :waaa: Anyway howz the day going for u……….I just saw the very first video of MArlena and seems i’m already loving her!!

  3. wow gorgeous eyeshadows and she is very pretty as well. Saw few of her videos, truly amazing. hope i am able to do such good eye makeup in some years (i guess). thanks nafisa for telling us about her

  4. I have seen her videos Nafisa… she does a great job…. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: i wish i cud do eye makeup like she does :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:
    Thanks for sharing about her on IMBB :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

    1. Hai na?? Even I wish I had her skills but I feel even if 1% of her talent can rub off on me by watching her videos, I’d watch day & night!! :preen:

  5. Good morning Jomu, Kimi, Rati , Sanjeev, Preetha :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

        1. hainn u not piscean? Jomol told me u are a piscean..Aquarian toh meri mom bhi hain!! 🙂 I love the symbol…beautiful lady with a matki and water in it!! 😀

          1. I love eating kekdi waise…mera favourite sea food is kekda/kekdi….. :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

            1. good morning Rati. :happydance: .kite flying was hazaaar fun. it was like a mela yday. hazaar food stalls, was too much fun. something different for a change ..and it was that nice winter sun so the setting was perfect.

                1. was opposite the airport. near the Novotel hotel. we didnt have anything at the food stalls..were quite full from that brunch..did have some beer though 🙂 . and the crowd was very decent so that made it fun too.

                1. oh…Hyderabad there isnt much to do so they keep having these exhibitions, festivals types things. and i love buying junk at exhibitions. for the hyderabadi’s there is something called the Shilpa ramam crafts mela which is a big hit. you get all kinda of stuff from clothes, to chappals to jewelery and shawls and furniture too. you must make it to hyd around december..

                  1. Aru, you are from Hyd too! Me too!!! :high5: Shilparamam was good this year for Kurtis! I got quite a few, exceptionally wonderful & such amazing prices na! This same stuff will then be seen later at other malls 4-5 times the price! I love these exhibitions mostly for kurtis! Yes, everyone should come to Hyd in Dec! Mehmaan nawaazi ki no kami here in Hyd…we will welcome all Nawaabi isshtyle! :jiggy1:

                    1. heyyy Nafisa… :yahoo: good to know you are from Hyd too. IMBB Hyd meet almost a must now..:)

                      i missed the shilpa ramam one this time but i did hit the other sales. I have the stuff from my previous trips to shilpa ramam. Madhubani paintings, hoards of earrings and all…

                  2. Yes! a meet would be great!!! :pompom: Team IMBB-Hyd! 😀
                    This time even the selection of table runners & cushions was so great! All with pretty Indian work. Hoarded up on those too. They are good when giving gifts to pardesi friends & family. That is a must buy for our family when going to shiplaramam. I’m yet to go to our oldie-goldie Numaish though 😀 Let me know if something there is worth investing in other than the usual stuff

  6. Nafise she is soooooooooooo beautiful and sweeeeeeeet :woot: :woot: :woot: ….saw her first video and already :inlove: :inlove: :love: :love: Thanks for sharing!

  7. hi Nafisa really good post but i haven’t seen any videos of marlena stella….because my internet hours has been cut short by my parents 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 …….but thats ok i guess i’ll have to concentrate on my studies this semester more(which i always do…duh! but my parents dont understand :(( ) Anyway speaking of exhibitions i going to go to the Hyderabad exhibition tonight and buy lots of junk! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
    :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    1. :happydance: lucky girl!! I’m going to go after my exams too. I actually haven’t gone to the abids wala Numaish for the past 3 years :spank: which I know should disqualify me as a Hyderabadi…but will surely go this time! & about catching her videos, if you don’t get the hours for that, check out her website, she puts up images of all her videos & lists the products used, you can get a fair idea that way about how she must’ve done the makeup. 🙂

  8. She’s one of my favourites too,been watching her videos for about 2-3 yrs.Love her tutorials,she explains everything so thoroughly.Her “Makeup101” videos are amazing! 😀

  9. I have been watching Marlena’s videos from the past 2 years….. :haanji: she is nt only beautiful but she is also a very down to earth person…..she owns the company makeupgeek…she has recently come up with her own line of make up….. i.e shadows and lipsticks and she ships internationally too…. :toothygrin: 😀
    Her weight loss story is very inspirational……… She is simply awesome….. :puchhi:
    Thanks Nafisa fr sharing this with us …. She was worth to be written about :thanks: :puchhi: :puchhi:

  10. I have checked her website sometimes, dint know about the eyeshadows. they are so gorgeous.
    Thanks for the lovely article nafisa :yahoo: :yahoo:

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