Whether you want to kill some time, have a laugh, get some fashion tips, look at some product reviews before going shopping, or look for advice on diet and exercise, YouTube is the place for you. There is a huge amount of content on the website, so separating the good from the bad can get a bit tricky. The great thing about the YouTube community is that, over the years, a lot of incredibly talented and skilled people have started posting videos with useful advice on wide variety of topics. You can find expert advice in any niche these days, from fashion to gaming–you just need to find the right channels. In order to make your life a bit easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best gurus on YouTube in their respective fields.
1. Beauty and Makeup- Michelle Phan
Michelle Phan has over 6.1 million subscribers. It isn’t surprising because she has well over 200 videos with great makeup tutorials and even life tips, like “Girl’s Guide to Starting Over,” which deals with bouncing back from a break up. Michelle really knows her stuff, and is a charming young lady and great presenter to boot. She has been around for over 5 years now, so in some of the older tutorials the quality of the video is a bit lower, but the tips and tricks are pure gold. Michelle does a great job narrating the videos in a gentle, melodic voice, and is careful to point out all the little details involved in the process. Every girl can learn something useful from this compassionate and positive young makeup guru, so be sure to check her out.
2. Fashion- Beautycrush
Beautycrush has over 1.1 million subscribers and over 300 videos on style, makeup, and fashion. Beautycrush’s real name is Sammy. She’s a stylist from London who will help you pick out the right outfit and match it with the right makeup and teach you about choosing accessories. She also gives advice on serious topics like dealing with body image issues and social anxiety, being comfortable with who you are, and finding a style that works for you. This delightful Brit will quickly grow on you and help you make a positive life change. You’ll learn how to start seeing yourself in a positive light, how to find a style that suits your character and body type and the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin.
3. Technology and Science- Kipkay
Kipkay has over 1.7 million subscribers and over 200 videos on great little hacks you can do on a variety of simple household items. There are a lot of cool pranks you can learn about, but Kipkay also has useful tutorials involving lasers, cell phones, remote controls, headphones, batteries, and much more. From time and money saving projects to spy gadget hacks, this YouTube guru has something for everyone. If you want to make your life a little easier, or just learn some great harmless pranks, check out this channel.
4. Humor- Jenna Marbles
Jenna Marbles has over 13.1 million subscribers and nearly 200 videos that consistently get over a million views each, with some reaching as high as 50 million views. Jenna can be considered one of the most influential gurus on YouTube–she’s smart, funny, outgoing, and extremely likable. Many people find her relatable, and get addicted to her sarcastic humor, energetic presentation style, and the cute little doggies that are featured at the end of her videos. She does funny challenges, hilarious makeup, and fashion videos. Some favorites include the “Drunk Makeup Tutorial,” or the incredibly sarcastic “How to Ready for a Date.” Whether you are a guy or a girl, you are guaranteed to burst into laughter while watching her tutorials and “music videos,” or nod your head and smiling while listening to her rants.
5. Comedy sketches- Nigahiga
Nigahiga has over 12 million subscribers and nearly 200 videos that consistently reach 2-3 million views and often blow up to 50 million views. Ryan Higa is veteran of the YouTube sketch genre, and produces some of the funniest videos out there. He makes videos mocking movie trailers, commercials, music videos, and various aspects of contemporary pop culture. He even makes videos based on fan suggestions or as an answer to a question from one of his subscribers, e.g. “How to be a Ninja” and “How to be Emo.” Be sure to check out Ryan’s channel if you want to relax and have a few good laughs–you won’t be disappointing.
6. Cooking- Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver has over 750,000 subscribers and an astonishing 660 videos. Most of you already know who Jamie Oliver is–he’s been around the cooking scene for quite a while and was even featured in an episode of South Park. This energetic Brit has a passion for healthy eating, some serious cooking skills, and a great personality. Jamie is a good presenter and a good teacher, providing the viewer with numerous recipes from simple traditional meals, like steak and baked potatoes, to more exotic meals and cocktails. A lot of the recipes are very tasty, healthy, and can be made quickly, so anyone can learn to cook up a decent meal in a short while.
7. Fitness- Omar Isuf
Omar Isuf has over 190,000 subscribers and over 500 videos on fitness related topics. Omar is a great combination of comedian, motivational speaker and fitness trainer. He has videos on anatomy and sports science, where he stands in front of a whiteboard and goes into great detail on the various factors involved in performing certain lifts, working certain muscles, and creating an effective program. His mottoes include “athletic aesthetics” and “ascendant athletics.” Omar believes you should strive to develop strength and good athletic ability and let aesthetics come as a result of hard training. He has tips on dieting, exercise, and workout plans for both weight loss and gaining size. There is also plenty of information for women looking to get leaner and stronger. As far as gurus on YouTube go Omar Isuf is one of the best in terms of knowledge and personality.
8. Gaming TotalBiscuit
TotalBiscuit has over 1.6 million subscribers and over 2,500 videos on gaming. John Baine, or The Cynical Brit as he is more commonly called, is a game commentator who provides tons of useful information on new games and the gaming industry in general. His most popular series include “WTF is,” where he gives a a short look at a new game based on first impressions from an hour of two of play time. He also discusses games coming out on Steam, latest industry news, and some negative trends in the gaming industry. If you are considering buying a certain PC game and want to make an informed decision, TotalBiscuit is the best channel for you
9. Film and Entertainment- CinemaSins
CinemaSins has over 1.9 million subscribers and over 150 videos in which both critically acclaimed and objectively bad movies are dissected and judged. The evil masterminds behind the project are Chris Atkinson and Jeremy Scott, who firmly believe that every movie, no matter how popular and well-received, isn’t without sin. The sins are related to plot holes, lack of realism, breaking the basic laws of physics, illogical sequences, poor story-telling, bad acting, overuse of cliches, etc. It is an incredibly fun overview of iconic movies that everyone film fan will enjoy. Check out the new “What’s the Damage” series where the havoc wreaked in action/adventure movies is quantified based on average prices of the objects being destroyed on screen. Also, check out the “Conversation with Myself about Movies” series where we see a more subjective take on movie-related topics. I wholeheartedly recommend these movie gurus.
Ron Hazelton has just over 8,000 subscribers, but has a ton of useful information. Ron has some handy tips and recommendations for pretty much anything you can do around the house. The videos address the most common DIY projects and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. From building a doghouse to cheap and quick tips for renovating your bathroom, Ron has your back. This is a great channel for anyone looking to do a bit of home improvement without spending a huge amount of money.
These are a few great gurus on YouTube that provide tons of useful and fun content. The best part of online communities like YouTube is that they evolve and grow daily.