There are new blogs and YouTube channels starting every day and it’s a really exciting time for our growing little industry. I often get emails and tweets asking for my tips and so I thought it would be handy to put them all in once place, as I have posted some previously. 

Let’s start with the basics, How to start a beauty blog, this post should help you decide where to host your blog, how to design it, what tools you might need, where to focus your time and how to get the word out there.

I also created a 6-part video series with AnnaA guide to Blogging & Vlogging, which will guide you through pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to setting up a blog or YouTube channel. Three videos dedicated to blogging and three to YouTube. Grab a cup of tea, a notepad and pen…
This post, Blog Photography Tips, might be handy when it comes to the basics of taking photos of products. Where to put the light, where to place the product and how to make your photos look as good as you can make them! Practice makes perfect.

If you struggle with beautiful interiors and places to photograph there are ways around this and one is by creating different backgrounds yourself. This post, Blog Photography: Working with Backgroundstells you how I like to do this. 

So hopefully that’ll help you get started. Let me know if you have any other questions that I can address in future posts! 

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56 Responses

  1. Such great tips Lily! I loved your and Anna’s videos on blogging, they were so helpful! x


  2. I have read / watched all of these, and they are so helpful! Thanks lily!

    – Chaitra | PinkPot

  3. Christine S says:

    I’ve found these tips so helpful to guide us up and coming bloggers! x

  4. This post is fantastically useful. I have to go back & reference the posts you mentioned. Awesomeee. Many thanks. :] // ☼

  5. Definitely loved you + Anna’s series for blogging and vlogging. I think my biggest challenge is networking. I participate in the beauty community and am on social media, what other tips would you have for getting yourself out there?

  6. Nessa says:

    These tips and tricks are so useful, especially for a new little ‘ole blog like me!
    Thanks Lily, have a good day!:-)

  7. Such a lovely, helpful post Lily, I also watched through yours and Annas series of videos on vlogging and blogging, which housed so many amazing hints and tips xx

    Alice |

  8. I have read and watched all of these posts and I think they were SO helpful to me. You seriously are the best Lily. πŸ™‚ <3

    Debasree from All She Needs

  9. This was a very helpful post! I do some beauty posts on my blog, so the photography tips were great! thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Manouk Maat says:

    Thanks for the tips! Practice makes perfect indeed. Sometimes I know exactly where and how I want to photograph something and other times I’m just blank. Those days are annoying x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

  11. Thanks Lily. Your videos with Anna definitely gave me the push I needed to start a blog.

  12. Hope Butler says:

    So helpful, great tips in all of these post H xx

  13. Katharina says:

    Your Tips are so helpful! Thanks Lily! <3

  14. nueyork says:

    I love reading pieces written by bigger bloggers on their blogging tips. It really motivates me to improve my blog, thank you for sharing!

  15. Great tips lily. I’m struggling with getting my blogs out there. I really appreciate your advice.

  16. I watched the video tutorials you and Anna did months ago and thought they were great! They really motivated me to start πŸ™‚

  17. Emily McCue says:

    I adore your blogging advice videos with Anna! I might have to re-watch them πŸ™‚

  18. Josie says:

    So handy thanks – I really want to improve my photography!!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  19. Mandy Bajwa says:

    Thanks for the advice Lily! Ive only recently started blogging and I love it πŸ™‚

  20. Jimmy Mulder says:

    Thank you for this post! While I’m not starting out anymore, these posts are extremely useful! πŸ™‚

    Jimmy |

  21. Thanks for all of the advice! Although I’d love to watch some new blogging tips with you and Anna. Maybe something about video editing and choosing your background?

    ||Ljepota au naturel||

  22. thanks for the tips, i’ve started my blog a few months ago πŸ™‚

  23. Ellenor says:

    All of them are really good posts I may need to re- read them for more ideas πŸ™‚

  24. really great tips πŸ™‚

    emily xx

  25. I’ve read all of your post and they are really helpful. My blog is more lifestyle than beauty but I feel that all the same points apply. I picked some real gems especially on photography so thank you πŸ™‚

  26. Tilly says:

    Bookmarked all these posts, thank you Lily! x

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

  27. alba roque says:

    great post really informative since i just recently started blogging

  28. Calum says:

    So glad you revisited this topic! I am in the process of setting up a new blog and the videos you and Anna did were so helpful! I do have a question if possible about photographing products πŸ™‚ if you struggle with natural light for taking product photos, what’s the best type of light to buy? I saw in one of the videos the walimex ring light, which looks pretty cool. Is this better than a soft box light for photographing products? I’m worried about reflections on products and want to try and avoid that!

  29. Christina says:

    Definitely going to check out these links!

    – Christina

  30. I’ll be getting a new camera for my birthday so i’m definitely gonna have to check out the photography tips, thanks Lily!

  31. Sophie says:

    This post is so helpful….thanks!

    I left my heart in Miami

  32. Great tips! Thanks fro helping us new bloggers figure things out…much appreciated!

  33. Cristy says:

    Loved those video series you did with anna xx

  34. miuse says:

    Hello Lily! What a perfect post, I recently *finally* decided to create my own blog after spending countless hours on fashion and beauty blogs! I am still learning things like working my camera (aperture, shutter speed, iso). Just wanted to say keep up the great content on your blog and YouTube channel, I know it takes a lot of time and effort behind the scenes. If you have time maybe check out my blog πŸ™‚ xx


  35. Pia says:

    Thanks for sharing! It´s a perfect post! πŸ™‚

  36. Victoria says:

    So useful to many people I’m sure ! i’m so glad I have my own blog now, it’s my baby , my hobby… And you are a HUGE inspiration πŸ™‚
    Love from France, Victoria

  37. Holly says:

    Super helpful post, love your photography tips πŸ™‚ xx

    The Persephone Complex

  38. Amazing helpful tips! Thanks for sharing it, Lily! x

    Sophia //

  39. Ayesha Ahmad says:

    Thank you for this, As a newbie blogger I feel like this blog post will help me a lot to progress in my blogging work

  40. Thanks Lily, this really helped. Could you or anyone tell me how to make my blog look fancy? such as how to get photos on my most popular posts section, that change and how text when you hover over them?

    Thanks πŸ™‚
    Olivia – LivingLamb

  41. I love all of these tips. They’re so helpful for new bloggers πŸ™‚

  42. Thank you so much for all these tips! They are very helpful for beginning bloggers like me πŸ™‚

    -Mary |

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  45. This post was so helpful Lily, keep up the good work πŸ™‚ x


  46. Hannah Jones says:

    Thank you Lilly for the tips its nice to get tips from someone that just simplifies everything down. Your blog really inspires me and I love your videos……. my purse not so much haha xx

  47. Lauren S says:

    I might spend an afternoon catching up on all your videos on blogging with Anna, they really have some great tips!
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  48. Madhu K says:

    I havent go a video blog yet, but still find ur tips very usefull, I will keep them on mind if I ever start posting on utube. Thanks for sharing!
    keep it up! πŸ™‚

  49. Lizzie Venni says:

    These are such great tips, thanks Lily

    Lizzie ♥ |

  50. Lovely suggestions! I was praying for this a year ago! But, it’s still relevant today. (:

    ♥ | | xoxo

  51. Thank you for these posts, love when you guys do these! You and Anna definitely gave me the inspo for my own blog x

    Chelsea /

  52. Gem H says:

    I love that you take the time to give tips on improving your readers’ blogs. I would love to know how you time manage everything – keeping up with promoting your blog on so many types of media can take up a lot of your day, especially when you also have a full time job! Is there an efficient way that you like to tackle it?

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