28, 09, 2016

Teenage me & makeup

As much as I didn’t really enjoy the years of high school, I did enjoy and appreciate who I was as a teenager. And although I’m not exactly that same girl now, Stacey back then taught me how to be creative, to let my hopes and dreams soar, and to be myself no matter who would/wouldn’t love me back. My teenage self also taught me how to put together a makeup look using minimal products.

You would think because I’m a Millennial that I would have had a lot of resources growing up – but that just wasn’t the case. I didn’t have the access to the millions of blog reviews and YouTube video tutorials as the younger Millennials have today. I first learned how to do my makeup by observing the way my older sister did hers. You’d also find me flipping through magazines or closely watching music videos for inspiration from my idols. I truly am quite surprised with how my makeup then has evolved into the way I do it now.

Being as I was practically the only scene kid in my high school – let alone my neighbourhood – standing out or being mistaken for emo (oohhh there’s a difference) was a daily routine of mine. My makeup didn’t always stand out, but my different hairstyles sure did. The way we see hair colour today wasn’t like it was back then. Bright colours and poorly done DIY bleached hair mixed in with mullets were all the craze!

Finger brushes
We all know brushes are expensive, and as a student brushes just weren’t ideal or thought out important to have. Using my fingers and a bit of help from cotton swabs were really all I ever needed.

No foundation
It was my mom who encouraged me to not wear any foundation since she said my skin is still too young for it and it will make it age it faster (thanks mom!). She only brought me to a M.A.C counter to pick up their Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer to cover up the few blemishes I was self-conscious about.

Black eyeliner & no mascara
I wouldn’t leave the house without any black eyeliner slightly smudged along my waterline. My teenage self did go through so many black eyeliner pencils that I cannot recall any of the brands I ever used. Aside from that, for some odd reason I never wore mascara…

The occasion bold eyeshadow
When I wanted to add a bit more pazazz to my look, I always used a neon pink Clinique blush I snatched from my mom’s makeup drawer and used it as an eyeshadow. I was often told I looked I was sick or had an eye infection. Sometimes I would switch it up using M.A.C’s discontinued eyeshadow in Sprout; a frosted green all over my eyelids.

The one thing I really ever knew about makeup was powdering your face when it got shiny. I’ve had oily skin for as long as I can remember, and crazy enough Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder is still around from the early 2000s! I would have this in my bag with me where ever I went.

What is one beauty product you
couldn’t live without as a teenager?

31 responses to “Teenage me & makeup”

  1. shireenplatt says:

    I disliked makeup and was forced by my mum to wear a lipstick when I was in high school because she insisted I look like death. LOL! You got to love mum’s honesty….

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  2. Face to Curls says:

    I did not wear makeup at all in high school. Only started wearing Foundation is college to cover my acne/scarring and I discovered the rest around my 20s.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Stacey says:

      I was the exact same way! Well I only started wearing foundation when I was in makeup school and we had a skincare class where everyone pointed out your flaws and I was left devastated lol

  3. Julia says:

    I loved this post! I can totally relate to what you said in the beginning, about not really enjoying high school but liking who you were as a teenager. Since I only just finished high school, I tend to think this way about my middle school years. I didn’t wear all that much makeup (did have a few experiences with incorrect colored foundations though, lol) but I really expressed myself through clothes. Sometimes I look back at the outfits I used to wear and I think “what was I thinking??” But I love that I did it. I love that I didn’t care, and I let my creativity soar, and I tried so hard to be myself. This was a really nice post to read. Your high school makeup style seems awesome 😀
    Julia || http://juliainbluhm.blogspot.com

    • Stacey says:

      Yes girl I know exactly what you mean! I wasn’t scared to be myself and wear what I wanted to wear in high school. Of course my peers didn’t always understand or would make fun of me but honestly after high school no one cares about how popular you were, how many guys/girls you dated, or pretty you were in high school. All those who made fun I’m sure had a very rude awakening once they graduated lol.

  4. Nerdy Maria says:

    I actually didn’t wear any makeup! Mascara once in a while was the only makeup I wore. Kind of glad I was like this though 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. barbiegirl06 says:

    Really interesting post! 🙂 I’m still in teenage years, so I can’t really relate, but I had so much fun reading this. 🙂
    Also, I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award, check out my latest post for more details 🙂

    • Stacey says:

      Perhaps when you enter your 20s you will look back at yourself now and see a difference hahha. And thanks girl for the nomination! I will take a look 🙂

  6. I’m definitely feeling you on the eyeliner, although I had mine with mascara! Haha I can’t wear underline on my waterline today without feeling like I’m 15 years old again! Xx


    • Stacey says:

      Lol I put eyeliner sometimes on my waterline stuff but I know what you mean when you look the mirror and see the teen you again

  7. Merima says:

    I had kind of similar makeup routine.

  8. I was all about Mac when I was younger. Everything I used was from Mac!

    Emily | http://www.thinkingofmakeup.com

  9. My father was SO AGAINST makeup. I wasn’t allowed to wear it basically until I was 16 – so there really wasn’t much of anything going on with me. When I could wear mascara I did… oh and before he let me wear makeup I used to use Eye Shadow as concealer (yeah, it didn’t work!)

    I was envious of the people who could wear makeup – and although the pink eye shadow might not have been the right choice, at least you got it over with before you had to be a functioning member of society (aka adult.)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • Stacey says:

      You might have been envious but it was really good for your skin that you didn’t do all that, so big thanks to your dad! I remember also sanitation wasn’t put into thought so I use to share my eyeliner sometimes and the next day I had a sty :/ tmi I know lol

  10. Mira says:

    I love this post, it really took me back to my teenage years. As a teen I never really wore foundation either and I’d often go crazy with colourful eyeshadow. In my late teens I started using foundation though and sadly often picked the wrong tone haha. A production I couldn’t live without was the Alverde concealer (a German drugstore brand) xx


    • Stacey says:

      I think we were a lot more experimental with our looks when we were teens for sure! I also started wearing foundation in my late to early 20s and I always picked shades that were like 5 times lighter than my skin tone lol

  11. yuka says:

    I had a really similar haircut in college! It was totally all the rage in the early 2000s! lol


  12. Great post Stacey, I love how you describe your teenage self and have no regrets! Black eyelliner was my go-to in my younger years, too x

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

  13. Jeanne says:

    Ahh powder has been my best friend since high school too!


  14. Oops, my computer had a meltdown before I could finish my response… I love this post, it’s so fun to learn about who people were during different phases of their lives. It’s always interesting to see how that influences who they are today. Oh, and your mom was right…we were all far too young to be wearing foundation in high school!

    • Stacey says:

      Yessss and it’s so crazy to look back and see how much we’ve changed hehe. It’s good to let our young skin breathe before we abuse it more lol

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