My mother taught me how to braid when I was a child, I use to braid everyones hair from siblings to friends kids to boyfriends and then when I was a teen I started curling my big cousins hair.
I always had long thick hair so when it started to thin out I use to pay my beautician to sew a couple tracks in for me but then she went from $10 a track to some crazy number because of a salon change so I was like I can do this myself so I stole her braid pattern and sewed a couple tracks in to add thickness but when I took it down I had ALOT of breakage so I started making my own clip in's literally super glued tracks together and then super glued my wig clips to the end..I was still going to the shop for doobies...However me and my stylist eventualy ended up falling out because she would over book and I have no patient to give my full Saturdays to the salon.
I got fustrated and said i'm going natural and did so..but I would pay this African Lady to install for me but she couldn't finish me off by triming or cutting bangs so I would go to this guy to trim me and cut my bangs (but he never did it how I invisioned it) Plus the hassel of driving from her house to his shop was redick! So I started wacking on my own bangs It wasn't my hair what did I have to loose? (got pretty good at it!) I did the big chop 6mths after going natural so I lived under sew ins for about 6-8mths but I noticed although I had great hair growth my Edges were suspect as hell. So I youtubed a couple diy upart wigs and started making my own wigs (best decession of my life!) I snatch my wig off everynight I can scratch and wash my hair when I want and nobody can tell it isn't a sew in! Within that I started playing with color by doing test strips. And now I'm confident I can do U-parts, L-parts (haven't tried one with a closure but that's soon to come!)
As far as make-up my little sister taught me years ago (with make up you just have to practice) If I have patients I can hook myself up to the tenth power- just need to get stronger at applying my lashes..
But pretty much My Mom, You Tube, and the rest was trial and error -