Style & Beauty

Bethany Mota: Confidence Is All That Matters

07/29/2014 08:54am ET | Updated July 31, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Bethany Mota (L) poses with a fan at Unleash YouTube Event with stars Michelle Phan, Rosanna Pansino And Bethany Mota on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for YouTube)

Bethany Mota, the YouTube fashion and beauty star, definitely knows a thing or two about personal style. Stemming from the success of her DIY video tutorials, Mota speaks to young trendsetters about crafting their looks and has collaborated with stores like Forever 21 and most recently, Aeropostale.

On the heels of her fall collection and first-ever signature fragrance (launching July 28) for the Aero Now brand, we talked to Mota about her essential back-to-school items and what fashion means to her.

Although trends come and go, personal style lasts forever -- and leave it to Mota to give us the best advice on keeping up with our swag. Instead of sweating the small stuff (like that one pimple on your chin), Mota says this:

Don’t worry so much about what other people think of what you’re wearing. I feel like whenever you dress for someone else, you probably won’t be as comfortable, because that’s not what you genuinely want to wear. So as long as you're confident -- that’s all that matters and you’ll feel so much better for the rest of the day in what you’re wearing if you truly love how you look in it.

So, keeping Mota's words of wisdom in mind, here are her five staples for back-to-school shopping.

High waisted jeans
"They're my favorite because they go with everything and you can wear them multiple times. Just switch up your shirt or sweater and no one will know." $19.80,
BB cream
"It gives you a little coverage especially during high school when you want to wear a little makeup. It’s very, very light and it also benefits your skin with SPF." $7.59,
Skater skirt
"They're one of my go-to's because they’re girly but so comfortable, especially if you get one with an elastic band." $32,
Lip balm
"I really love Rosebud Salve, which you can also use on your hands and stuff, so it’s a great moisturizer." $6,
A good pair of sneakers
"Converse are my favorite!" $60,
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