There’s nothing the web loves more than a good celebrity look-alike (reference this Adele twin or the Leonardo DiCaprio stand-in who just bagged a major modeling gig). On the Kardashian side of things, everyone just freaked out over how much London- and Dubai-based Nina Vee, a raven-haired beauty who has amassed nearly 57,000 Instagram followers, looks like Kylie Jenner. And while she’s owned the comparison—her YouTube channel is full of Kylie-like makeup tutorials—the comparison isn’t one she sees or has ever purposefully gone after.

“I personally don’t see the resemblance, as we have very different features,” she told us. “I have no issue with the comparisons, but it’s when people start to get harsh and say that I purposely copy her—that bothers me at times because I’m just being me.” While Vee says she’s never been mistaken for Jenner in public (yet), the comparisons on Instagram came swiftly after she made a recent hair color switch.

“I started blogging around the same time Kylie started to get a lot of attention,” she says. “I had blond hair when I started, and it was when I went back to my natural black roots that I began to get the comments.”

Vee in a camo jacket, showing off a fashion sense that also shares some similarities with the Kardashian clan

Studying Vee’s makeup, it’s easy to see she’s got a Kardashian vibe going on. She’s a pro at contouring, loves a dramatic eye, and isn’t afraid of foundation (check out her stellar response to people who say she wears too much makeup).

“I think makeup is an art and a way of expressing yourself,” she says. “My love for it started when I was going to college. I’d experiment a lot and watch a ton of YouTube videos, which is how I eventually started my own.” Of those how-to videos, Nina says her smoky eye tutorial is a favorite with fans, as are general posts where she opens up her makeup bag to showcase favorite products.

Obviously we needed her to go more in-depth. How does she get that Kylie-look so many women are undeniably after? (We mean, it’s clearly a thing considering how fast Jenner’s lip kits are selling out.) Read on for Vee’s best tricks.


It’s what you do before you contour that matters. “I love to layer a bronzer before I contour. It helps blend the shades together to create a seamless look,” she said. “I also bake under where I’ve contoured to sharpen the look.” See her how-to video here.
Favorite product: Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette, $46,

For a day look, Vee uses a pencil and sets her brows with clear gel. “For more of a statement, I’ll use Anastasia’s waterproof gel.”
Favorite products: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21,, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade, $18,

“My favorite product is Rimmel’s lip liner in Cappuccino. I discovered it over a year ago, and it’s become a staple. It goes with every nude lip color I wear.” Her tutorial shows the exact process she uses, lining the exterior of her lips before coloring in the lip on the outside corners. She then uses a lipstick in a slightly lighter hue and finishes with another round of liner. The lighter color on the inside gives an ombre effect, making your lips look fuller.
Favorite product: Rimmel 1000 Kisses Liner, $4,

“This is one of my favorite parts of doing my makeup, and my current obsession is Lilly Lashes,” she said, revealing that she uses a pair of tweezers to help situate the delicate strips properly. She applies them after she’s done eyeliner and a coat of mascara.
Favorite product: Lilly Lashes in Miami, $30,

PS: If Kylie Jenner is your beauty muse, you need to hear her makeup guy explain the #1 mistake women make when penciling their eyebrows.

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