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My Makeup Routine In High School v. Today

Let’s be honest, nobody started out a professional when it comes to anything. Everything always starts out rough and it takes learning to perfect the skill. When it comes to makeup, I learned so much from when I started at fourteen. I definitely did not know what I was doing and I had high expectations for every outcome. Today, I’m a lot more confident in my skills and have no harsh opinion towards myself with or without a full face. Today, I will talk about the way I treated and applied my face and compare it to how I care for it now.

Priming and Foundation:

I’m pretty sure I made the excuse of being broke to not wear primer. I didn’t understand the purpose of primer until senior year of high school. Today, I prime my face with both Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Rosewater and Benefit’s The Porefessional. I have had instances where I’ve broken out badly from the foundation and the brushes not being clean, and I haven’t broken out in a very long time.

With foundation, I would borrow my mom’s products, but she’s a couple shades warmer than me, so my face was slightly darker than the rest of my body. It took me a good while to find a whole other shade and eventually, I wore a shade or two lighter than my skin tone. It took me another year and a half to find my perfect shade, AND I clean my brushes weekly to avoid breakouts.

Concealing, Contour, Highlight, Blush:

When I was in high school, I did not wear ANY of these products. It was mainly because 1. I didn’t have a lot of money and 2. I saw no purpose in using it. My insecurities got the best of me and I eventually bought some products. I actually suffered a bad breakout from Wet N Wild’s Contour Kit after I bought it. It really disappoints me to this day because that is a really good drugstore brand, but I guess my skin is sensitive to their formula.

Today, I conceal my dark circles, I contour without hesitating, I apply peachy blushers, and I highlight like no tomorrow. If my younger self saw me today, she would definitely want to get there. To my younger self, please take that brush and pack on the highlight, it’s worth it.

Eyebrows:

Every time I see an old picture of myself with powdered and misshapen eyebrows or penciled and thick with a bit of space from the forehead type eyebrows, I cringe a little. There was also a moment where I wouldn’t do anything to my brows. Younger April was trying to find the perfect brow for her face.

It took me almost four years to find the perfect brow. I love a good bold brow and carved out by concealer. And shocking enough, I get compliments on my brows. That was a goal deep down in the younger me, and it was achieved suddenly.

Eyes:

I never really experimented with eyeshadow until senior year. It wasn’t that rough, but there were moments where I could blend better. Eyeliner was another story… When I started, my wings were horizontal. Eventually they made their way to be wings. They weren’t perfect wings, but they were still being worked on as the years went on, they got bigger and bolder.

Today, I still have trouble making my wings identical, but nothing is horizontal or oddly shaped. I also wore eyeliner with every look back then. Nowadays, I have accepted the size of my eye and were eyeliner without the wing and sometimes I wear no liner.

Lips:

I was OBSESSED with every color of lipstick when I was in high school. I remember this time I tried on black lipstick, and my mom was so appalled by it. My edgy self argued that it was flattering on me (it’s not a flattering color at all, I’m sorry [there’s a select amount of people who can pull off the black lipstick]). I wore no liner, so sometimes my lips would bleed color. I had it all: pinks, black, purple, blue, reds. Little did I know, it wasn’t going to last forever…

I LOVE nude lips, and not lipstick. I’m a liquid lipstick girl. I own some lipsticks, but the liquids take the cake. I also use more gloss than I used to. And recently, I started experimenting with metallic lips. They’re so pretty when they’re close to nude (here I go again with the nudes). Once in a while I’ll do a red or dark red, but unless it’s purple, I will stay away from any other bold lip color.

Setting:

This is short and sweet. I never set my face. Didn’t understand it. Didn’t do it.

Today, I set my makeup like no tomorrow.

Skincare:

Makeup was the reason why I broke out more than usual. I was too lazy to remove my makeup and slept with it on. I thought it was no big deal, but when I think about it now, it is completely disgusting.

Another thing is that my insecurities drove me to pinch and pop my face so much. It was a huge habit that I couldn’t stop until I turned eighteen.

I didn’t use a cleanser daily until senior year of high school. I used makeup wipes and started doing my research once I graduated. That was also the year I got into face masks and that did a good number on my clogged pores.

Now I’m nineteen and I use a makeup removing balm, a makeup wipe, cleansing oil, cleansers, I use it all. Everything has cleared my face. I may have some dark spots around my upper lip from small acne scars, but I don’t breakout anymore. I’ve managed to save my face from the things my younger self used to do so often.

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