28, 09, 2016
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!
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.
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?