Being a teenage girl is all fun and games until you realise that all your friends started to wear makeup. And until one day you start bleeding out of your vagina, but that’s a different story. I was, quite possibly, one of the last girls in my year to start wearing makeup. First of all, I didn’t feel the need to do it, I valued my sleep too much (still do). Secondly, my mum was very apprehensive about it. Needless to say, when I actually started I made many beauty mistakes, with 4 main ones that stand out in my mind.
I got my first beauty product on my 15th birthday, my first ever mascara, and had absolutely no idea what to do with it. Well, it was my first real beauty product, I’m not considering the three Barbie lipsticks I had when I was 7 an actual beauty product. Plus I threw them in the corner after a week as they smelled funny. Yes, my 15th birthday marked the start of my journey to the Makeupland. Unfortunately, I wasn’t given a map to navigate through it.
Using whatever foundation samples I could get
You know, the little samples you get in magazines or in store. If the shade didn’t match my mum’s, she would give the samples to me. I kept turning up to school with a different shade on my face every other day. On Monday I could be extremely pale, by Friday I’d be a shade of a bright orange. Not to mention the fact that I would only put my foundation on my face and didn’t blend it out to my neck…
Proudly wearing my clumpy spider lashes
I used to apply mascara in one motion, usually just by holding the wand in front of my eye and blinking. My eyelashes would stick together and be extremely clumpy. I have no idea why anyone would let me out of the house looking like that, but thanks, mum.
The mystery of eyeshadow blending
If I could go back in time and give the teenage me some advice, it definitely would be BLEND IT OUT. I had absolutely no idea what that meant. If someone told me to blend my eyeshadow, I’d laugh in their face thinking they were joking. I thought blending my eyeshadow meant putting it all the way up to my eyebrow, as much as I could get. If you add my preference for very bright shades and glitter to that… I like to call it ‘the clown phase‘ of my teens.
My favourite thing to do was to apply a load of lipstick on my lips, roll down the windows in the car and pretend I was Britney Spears in a music video. I was over the moon when I got big hoop earrings and I could add Jenifer Lopez to my repertoire as well! I was never satisfied with the amount of lipgloss I already applied, so keeping one in my pocket was a necessity. Top-up every 5 minutes! Now when I think back all I can remember is sticky lips that could not breathe underneath all that product at all.
What on Earth was I thinking? Looking like I was going blind through a painter’s workshop, with so many different colours on my poor face. Taking these mistakes into consideration, I’m very happy to say I have made a massive progress. Navigating through it wasn’t easy, but in the end, I finally got to where I was meant to be. I may not be an MUA, but I’m enough for me and that’s all that counts.
Until next time xx
What beauty mistakes did you make as a teenager?