You know, we do the very best that we can at bringing you the tips, tricks, and tools to master what's happening on runways and magazine covers, but sometimes you've gotta go directly to the source. And thankfully, some of the hair and beauty pros that we chase around backstage have taken matters into their own hands, by producing and manning their own personal blogs, rife with how-to's and behind-the-scenes snaps from their kind of incredible lives and careers. Good luck prying yourself away from these this weekend, because they're pretty fascinating (no YouTube armchair-expert 'Hey guys!” here). We dare you not to learn anything. Below, our favorites:
Lisa Eldridge : Celeb makeup-artist Eldridge walks readers through looks she's created for magazine covers and advertising campaigns to those she crafts for the red carpet—on clients like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Cate Blanchett, Kiera Knightley, Emma Watson, Natalia Vodianova, and Yasmin Le Bon—via charming and informal video tutorials that make the most of her over-20 years of experience. “The whole YouTube makeup-advice thing was taking off!” Eldridge says of her site's inception three years ago. “And I could see all these girls who weren't really professional makeup artists doing these videos from their bedrooms, and I thought, 'Wow, there's nobody doing it who's like me, who's made up lots of celebrities and done covers.' When I first did my [how-to] films, people were quite snippy about it within the industry, like, 'Oh god, why's she doing that, it's so naff.' A lot of people felt that professional artists should be above all of that, but I was just convinced that we could either get on board and represent the pros or sit back and let the people already doing it on YouTube become the people whom the general public will think are the top hair and makeup people!” Needless to say, she knows what she's talking about: the site celebrated its three-year anniversary in February, and her YouTube channel recently surpassed the 40-million view mark. “I don't have advertisers, I don't have a staff—every post, tweet, Facebook post is me!” Eldridge continues, “so it's a lot of work, but it's quite fun, too... The whole concept of 'Here's how to look like Kim Kardashian!' and things like that, it bores me to tears. The first video I ever did was ' Morning-After Makeup,' and I was genuinely really hungover, not in a good way, and I had a breakout and I thought, 'Well, I'd rather do that than something fake where I'm all made-up and sitting there pretending. I think women really relate to that!” (Virtual high-five, Lisa Eldridge. Also, please come do our makeup like this.)
Wendy Rowe : The Burberry beauty guru very recently launched WendyRowe.com, part travel diary (Rowe splits time between London and New York and hits the road for fashion weeks as well as for editorial and commercial gigs), part backstage snippets, featuring the likes of Gisele and Anja Rubik “I shoot on my little Super-8 and cut them together with cool music'). She also has exercise recommendations, beauty tips, and suped-up face charts. “I think people like the tips—like how some lipsticks will come off if you're going to kiss someone—and the face charts... I try to make them look as cool as I possibly can!” Rowe says, “because face charts are ugly. I just do a little bit of, 'See what happens,' 'How to get the look,' things like that. I always want everyone to look good! Always!”
Sam McKnight : The prolific Twitter/Instagram user (here's looking at you, @SamMcKnight1)'s website is mostly based around his portfolio—and what a portfolio. We're talking hair magic for V, Vogue(s), LOVE, CR Fashion Book, Chanel shows/campaigns and more. Last March, he launched a Get The Look section, replete with step-by-step photos and directions for mastering runway looks from Chanel, Mulberry, Balmain, Fendi, and more. “I started tweeting a couple of years ago and doing the whole Instagram thing, and I got such a good response from that, and I love it. [My site's] slowly growing; it's just a personal thing!” McKnight says. Our thoughts? Bring out the recipes and garden tips, Sam! We know you've got 'em (but thank you for the how-to on Chanel's wrap-around braid from pre-fall, because we want to try it immediately).
Charlotte Tilbury : ITG and Tom Ford fave (and recent Postcard writer!) Tilbury's blog is a mish-mash of top trends from fashion weeks gone byand insight from her illustrious career. (Girl has a section devoted just to Kate Moss—the most recent entry being a how-to on the V cover she worked on with Ms. Moss and Rihanna—so, I mean, yeah.) There's also a whole slew of video tutorials—her very first being a video with none other than Lisa Eldridge, recreating a 2012 Vogue Paris cover!—that range from “How to Shape & Mantain the Perfect Brow' to “Beauty on a Budget' and “The Feline Flick: Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial!” Any insight from Tilbury is worth its weight in gold, so we advise you to start clicking and get learning.
 The Victoria Beckham Look for www.WendyRowe.com,  Anja Rubik and Wendy Rowe from @wendyrowe,  www.SamMcKnight.com,  Cara Delevingne and Sam McKnight from @SamMcKnight1,  Sam McKnight, Cara Delevingne, and friend from @SamMcKnight1,  www.CharlotteTilbury.com,  Charlotte Tilbury at Mugler FW 2013 from @IntoTheGloss,  www.LisaEldridge.com,  “Meeting up with the ex-Chat and make-up therapy' from www.LisaEldridge.com