Lili Reinhart says she learned how to do makeup by watching YouTubers like NikkieTutorials and Michelle Phan

Lili Reinhart considered becoming a makeup artist before landing her role on

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Lili Reinhart considered becoming a makeup artist before landing her role on “Riverdale.”
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  • In an exclusive interview with Elite Daily’s Theresa Massony, “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart said she first learned how to do makeup by watching YouTubers like NikkieTutorials and Michelle Phan.
  • According to Reinhart, she wasn’t trying to create glamorous makeup looks.
  • Instead, she said she was interested in special FX techniques, some of which she documented on her Instagram page at the time.
  • Reinhart considered going to beauty school before landing the role of Betty Cooper on “Riverdale.”
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As an actor, Lili Reinhart likely has access to some of the best makeup artists in Hollywood.

In an exclusive interview with Elite Daily’s Theresa Massony, however, the “Riverdale” star said she actually learned how to apply products herself before getting into the business. According to Reinhart, she first became interested in makeup when she started watching YouTubers like NikkieTutorials and Michelle Phan as a teenager.

“I moved across the country when I was 16 and ended up finishing my high school online,” she told the publication. “So […] after I was done with my schoolwork and just trying to fill my time, I started watching YouTube tutorials.”

Lili Reinhart is especially skilled at applying special FX makeup

Though she was recently named as the face of CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh collection, Reinhart’s first beauty looks weren’t always glamorous. Speaking to Elite Daily about her teenage years, she said: “I’d save my money to buy some special-effects makeup off of Amazon.”

Photos of those early looks can still be found on Reinhart’s Instagram page. In 2014, for example, she shared a photo of her face painted to look like a cracked mirror.

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Cracked mirror. #halloweenmakeup

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The following year, Reinhart looked almost unrecognizable when she applied her makeup to resemble a “pop-art zombie.”

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Pop-Art zombie #halloweenmakeup

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The actor once considered going to beauty school

As Insider’s Olivia Singh previously pointed out, Reinhart considered going to beauty school if her acting career didn’t pan out. She originally spoke about the plan with Imagista.

“I love makeup and I love special effects makeup,” she told the publication. “I was planning on going to makeup school because I had dabbled in it as a hobby and I always thought that I could make a career out of it. It was kind of like my backup plan. Luckily, I never had to fall back on it, but I still really do enjoy doing makeup.”

Representatives for Lili Reinhart did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.