Everyone had to start somewhere! I just feel that it’s somewhat unfair that younger teens now have more access to better quality makeup and better tutorials so they can miss the phase of bad makeup! I wouldn’t say that I suffered horrendously with my fails but I shudder at the thought! Some things that I did were so stupid but at the time, I thought I was the best thing in the world, so in this post, I’m going to share with you the mistakes I made during my younger teen years.
1. Setting my makeup with bronzer
Translucent powder? Never heard of it. Back in the day, my go-to setting powder was my trusty collection shimmer bronzer. Yes, not even matte, shimmer. That alone, with my oily skin thrown in the mix is already making my cringe. I must’ve looked reflective! I’m pretty sure that I’d seen an older girl in school doing this in the toilets at break and some light bulb in my head told me that this was the key to good makeup. I was wrong, just so, so wrong. On top of that, this bronzer was dark, and not dark brown, dark orange, it made me look orange. I knew this, yet I still continued to use it. Why, you may ask? Well I myself am still baffled about this. I knew that orange makeup wasn’t the look to go for but I also thought that I looked fabulous, so why not! Luckily, after many months, I finally discovered non-orange translucent powders, and since then, I’ve never set my makeup with a shimmer powder yet!
2. Boxy eyebrows
Now, setting makeup with bronzer isn’t common but everyone’s had a bad eyebrow phase, right? Sadly, mine was the eyebrows that are so rectangular that it looks like I’ve had a protractor out to measure a 90 degree angle. Yes, it was that boxy. My eyebrows were bushy, they didn’t have a proper shape. I was too scared of plucking let alone waxing! So since they had so structure to them, I thought it’d be good to just make them look as boxy as possible, drawing a straight line at the front and carrying it on around the outline of my brows before filling it in. It was a mistake but unlike before, I didn’t realise this at the time, I thought they genuinely looked amazing.
3. Choosing foundation the completely wrong shadeBoth too light and too dark. The first high-end foundation that I purchased was the Mac studio fix fluid and although they shade-matched me, when I tried it on the next day, I was completely orange, I had huge streaks along my jawline and it just didn’t blend well, it was so patchy, and I blame that to being the wrong shade, especially because I tried a sample of my correct shade recently and it was amazing! On the other end of the spectre though, I also bought foundations too light for me and this was after the Mac situation so I was too scared for going darker in case I ended up with a disaster like before. Luckily the bronzer darkened this a little but it was still clear to see that the colour was far too light.
4. Skin coloured lips
There’s nude and there’s skin colour. Luckily, I didn’t slather on the foundation and concealer like some people have in the past but I did buy a NYX liquid lipstick that was literally an identical shade to my skin, and I loved it. I wore it everyday to school and people complimented it to no end, though looking back I’m 99% certain that they were just being kind or taking the mess because I can guarantee that it did not look nice in the slightest! Another mistake I made with this mistake however, was that I barely wore lip balm so my lips didn’t look too great anyway and with the added dryness, it just wasn’t good.
5. Not removing my makeup at the end of the day
I know, I sinned! Back then I had no idea how damaging makeup could be to my skin and sadly I didn’t even pull a makeup wipe across my face. I scrubbed my eyes to remove mascara and it’s a miracle that I still I have eyelashes left but I always left my foundation, thinking that my skin looked too good to wash it off. Thankfully, I soon discovered that it was the cause of my breakouts and it was then that I invested my money into building a budget-friendly but effective skincare routine and it seems to have paid off due my skin looking better than it ever has before.
In some ways, I’m glad I made those mistakes as I have learnt from them but it’s also quite embarrassing to look back on those photos because of how bad they looked. Despite this, I do know that there’s others who suffered with mistakes worse than mine so to them, I’d like to say sorry that they had to go through that!
What’s your worst beauty mistake?