I can’t remember exactly how I found Lauren Legato’s beauty channel on YouTube, but it was about a year or two ago. I was drawn in by her super positive personality, her helpful beauty tips and her openness to talking about Jesus. Lauren recently opened up to her 50,000 subscribers about how she will not be dating anyone for a year to use that time to work on her relationship with Jesus.

I had the pleasure of talking with this beauty about her new decision, tips for starting or improving a Youtube channel, and so much more!

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Where would you like to see your youtube channel in the next year?

I’m hoping that my YouTube viewership continues to grow, of course. I love sharing what I’ve learned about hair and makeup, and also sharing my take on style and fashion. But more than anything, I’m hoping to open up a lot more in the next year. I have been through so many things that I know I could speak about to help someone else.

Are you still singing? If so, when can we expect new material? 🙂

This is such a great question. YES! I am definitely still singing. All summer I’ve been recording new material. I think by the top of next year you will start to hear more originals by me, but until then there will of course be covers

What made you start your channel?

The first YouTuber I ever watched was Da1NOnlyMixedQt (Tiffany Darlyn). I just thought what she was doing was so cool and I wanted to do the same thing. I loved the idea of having your every day girl sharing tips and beauty advice. But deep down I always wanted to eventually open up and talk from experience about things all girls go through.

What tips do you have for other women who want to get started on YouTube?

My number one tip would be to INVEST. I make money from YouTube, but it all goes right back into YouTube. I upgrade my camera every year, I get new lights, buy new products to make videos about, etc. The more you put back into it the better. My next tip would be to interact with your viewers. Finding the time to respond to every comment is a challenge for me, but I do my best to respond on YouTube and Instagram to let my viewers know that I see them and care for them. I think it’s important to let people know that they are more than just a number to you.

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What devotional or book would you recommend for a young woman wanting to deepen her relationship with Jesus?

I’m horrible with this because I am constantly bouncing around to different devotionals and books. It’s beautiful though because my excitement stems from the fact that there is so much ground to cover when it comes to learning about Jesus that every plan/devotional/book is so enticing. One devotional I really love is “Jesus Calling”. It’s a super popular devotional because it speaks in the voice of Jesus. It is all Scripture-based, of course, but it’s in God’s voice which is a very warm and comforting thing. As women it is so important for us to know Jesus as Father and Protector…someone we belong to and who is intimately involved with every second of our lives. Some books I love are The Good And Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith, Spoken For by Alyssa Bethke, God Chicks by Holly Wagner, The Reason for God by Timothy Keller (if you’re into theology), Anything by Jennie Allen, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman, and Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke. I have a million others I would recommend.

How has the “No Dating” for a year been going for you? Is it challenging so far?

Even though I am only about a month and a half in, I can already tell that it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. The challenge in the beginning was realizing how empty I felt without being available for dating. I wasn’t dating anyway, but choosing to be single as opposed to being single because you just don’t have anyone makes for a totally different war in your heart. It’s teaching me to rely on Jesus alone for all the things I would look for in relationships for years. I’ve always had a relationship with God, but day by day it becomes more and more personal. I can truly say that it is 100 million times better than falling in love with a person, and I know that my future relationship will be so beautiful because of what I’m doing now.

Do you think it’s hard as a young woman OR as a beauty guru to talk about Jesus?

Sometimes. I didn’t have a strong community of Christian friends my age growing up, so my beliefs were more-so the exception in many of my circles. This made it a little hard. As far as my channel goes, I used to be scared to do it but the more my relationship with Jesus grows, the more nonsensical it feels to not share it. At this point it’s harder not to share it.

What do you want to do career-wise after you graduate?

I have quite a few different avenues. Ministry wise, I really want to be a worship leader. I think it’s the area of ministry that God is calling me to. I will also be getting a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology starting in Fall of 2015. I’m going to continue my YouTube channel. And lastly, for about a year and a half I’ve been dreaming up an organization for girls and women of all ages. It will basically be an online community where we talk about Jesus, our every day issues, read together, pray together, and support each other from all over the world.

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