Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I wish someone had told me - beauty advice for my younger self!

Last weekend Joanne and I went shopping with our two younger cousins who are starting to get in to the whole makeup thing.  One bought herself one of the So..? body sprays and it reminded me of back in the day where I loved everything but didn't know what I was doing!  If only blogs were invented back then.  Or the internet for that matter!  I imparted what little knowledge I had to my cuz and decided that I shall teach her my ways so she doesn't end up like I was when I was 13!  But it got me thinking....

I wish someone had told me:

- that Pan Stick is supposed to be blended into the skin, not just applied as if one was colouring in one's face.  Having a big shiny face covered in thick, cakey makeup that's four shades too dark is demented.

- that wearing frosty blue eyeshadow from lash to brow is not nice.  Ever.  Seriously, did I look in the actual mirror and think I looked good?  And I know you'll totally judge me and unfollow the blog, but I was in college when I did that.  I know.  FML.  RIP.

- that nude lips does not equal concealer lips.  Concealer hides dark circles and blemishes and if you put it on your lips, it hides your lips.  Why did I think people would think it was attractive to look like I'd no lips?

- that growing out a perm is just plain fugly.  We won't discuss the actual getting of the perm itself because this was the early 90s and it was fabulous.  However, 6 months later, having flat, straight hair from your roots to your ears and then the frizzies made me look like I'd slept with a hat on the night before by mistake was not fabulous.

- that curling my hair with rags doesn't give the same effect as the perm once it grew out.  I remember cutting up a tea towel one night into strips (rags) and then applying mousse to each section, curling it up in a rag and spent the next two hours finishing the job, taking great care to make sure each section was even.  I went to bed with tights on my hair because that's what you did back then and woke up the next morning, excited to see what my hair would look like.  After I took all the rags out and tried to fix my hair, I looked like I'd been electrocuted.  Twice.  And I didn't have time to wash my hair before going out so ended up with the biggest, poofiest bun that was almost the same size as my head.  Sweet motherajaysis.

- what blending was.  Back in the day, we didn't know what makeup brushes were.  There was no such thing (in our world) as a foundation brush or a blending brush for eyeshadows.  We used the sponge tipped applicators that came in our eyeshadow palettes and loved them.  Yes, we probably gave ourselves pink eye but that was half the fun, trying to hide that with makeup.

What would you have told your younger self about beauty and makeup?
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  1. This post made me giggle! I wish someone had told me not to wear really thick, heavy black eyeliner all around my eyes - that was a phase I wish to forget. Mainly though I wish that someone had reassured me that eventually I would find my own style and actually look ok! x

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    1. Eyeliner demon here too..
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    2. That sounds lovely! I was never allowed to wear black clothes never mind black liner!!

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  2. I would tell myself to leave my very fair and naturally thin to start with eyebrows alone but nope, I went to town with the tweezers...

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    1. Oh that's a good one! Ah tweezers should come with an age limit ;P

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  3. Hilarious. I would tell 17 year old claire to embrace her paleness and step away from the two - shades-too-dark elizabeth arden make up.

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    1. Ooh how fancy are you with your Lizzy Arden foundation at the age of 17! ;P

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  4. Haha! What a brilliant post! I can relate to all of these!

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  5. I did that rag thing!!! My sister told me I looked like Sonia O' Sullivan and then nearly wet herself. I wish someone had told me that trying to cover my freckles is futile, they're on mah face and they're staying there. Also that Rimmel's Black Cherry lipstick isn't really a good look. Also that one sweep of eyeshadow over the socket doesn't mean your eyes are done. Or that thick, black liner on the bottom of your eyes isn't very subtle. And that if you over-tweeze your eyebrows, they take AGES to grow back. And that Mahogany Glints + White School Uniform Shirt + Rain = looks like someone has stabbed you in the neck.

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    1. hahahahahahahah You're a gas bridie Sonia, I mean Shard'n ;P

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  6. Oh I almost cried laughing at some of these! I would probably tell myself that red eyeshadow is always a mistake, given how it makes you look like a very unwell rabbit.

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    1. Red eyeshadow, now that's a bold statement to make as a chung wan ;P

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    2. Hello! Tracy from Beauty Reflections showed how to use a red eyeshadow beautifully, mainly at the crease area. I haven't tried it out myself. :)

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  7. i wish someone told me that one lanky thin hair piece did not blend in with my very thick hair..... i cringeeeeeeeee

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    1. Oh but I bet it made for fabulous photos ;P

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  8. HAHAHAHA! I had so much giggle with this post! Yes let's see... pale blue eyeshadow was DEFINITELY the one that made me had makeup nightmares... Hell... it was given to me as a birthday gift and I remember CLEARLY that it was from Rubbie & Millen. Secondly, lipstick choice!! Back in my early 20's I thought I could rock a brownish lippie with purple undertone. It made me look like a zombie. T_T

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