Funny enough I hated makeup back in the days. When I was about 11 or 12 years old I was completely against it and I was convinced I would never, ever wear makeup. Especially no foundation. I also told myself I was never going to dye my hair or anything remotely like that and look at me now. I have dyed my hair a million times and I wear a full face of makeup almost everyday. Today I wanted to talk to you guys about my makeup evolution. How I went from makeup-hater to makeup-lover. If you’re interested in finding out what that journey was like for me, make sure you continue reading!
Like I said I started off as a makeup-hater. I didn’t like it at all. I thought it was for girls who were way too girly and I was convinced everyone who wore foundation would eventually get very deep wrinkles. And as a 11-year-old, wrinkles is the last thing you want.
I also thought that dying your hair would turn your hair into hay and that it would eventually kill your hair and make you go bald. Of course back in the day the products weren’t as good as they are now. Nowadays brands are also focussing on good ingredients and creating products that are both makeup and skincare. So I do somewhat get where I came from back then, but it’s all taken a little out of perspective.
First mascara experience
I remember the first time I put on mascara. I was at a birthday party with my mom and one of the daughters of the birthday-girl took me upstairs to play. At one point we were looking at her makeup and she asked me if I wanted to put on her mascara. I panicked a little at that point since I had never applied mascara before and I literally didn’t know how to do that, but I was too afraid to tell her so I just gave it a go.
After that I started getting more into wearing mascara. I still didn’t wear it often, I only wore it on special occasions and the mascara I wore at those occasions were nearly empty mascara’s from my older sister, but for me it was quite a big step.
Just a little mascara and eye pencil
Later when I went to high school, when I was convinced everyone there wore makeup and I had to too, I started buying my own mascara’s and I also bought an eye pencil. Back then it was incredibly trendy to line both your waterline and your tight line with the blackest kohl pencil you could find and then put on a bit of mascara and that’s it. Looking back I think it looks horrible. My eyes were incredibly dark and the rest of my face was pale as ice. That wasn’t the best look for me!
The foundation disaster
Wearing eye pencil and mascara pretty quickly led me to trying out more makeup. I became a lot more interested in makeup and decided I wanted to try foundation. I went to the drugstore with my older sister and she pointed out a few foundations I should buy. I ended up buying a fluid foundation and a mousse foundation.
The foundations themselves weren’t the worst part. The worst part was the shade. They said 002 which could have and should have made me doubt my decisions, but I didn’t and I ended up looking pretty orange for a solid year. Aside from the orange shade I also went a little overboard with the amount of product I applied so I was just one big cakey orange little girl with a ton of mascara and an extremely dark waterline.
Getting into eyeshadow
I ended up rocking the orange cake-face with dark eyes look for quite about a year. After that I discovered Youtube and I realised that what I was doing was wrong. I started watching tons of videos and I tried to recreate what they did. This was when I was first introduced to eyeshadow.
I saw a girl using it in a tutorial and I liked it, so I went to the store and bought myself a few eyeshadows by Essence. I also bought a few brushes from Claires to apply it with and that was that. I started trying it out and obviously it looked terrible at first, but throughout the years it started getting better and better. I really liked doing eyeshadow and ended up wearing it every single day.
The revenge of the eyebrows
When I was younger I used to have huge eyebrows. One day my sister decided it was time for me to pluck them. Because I didn’t want to do it she ended up doing it for me and this led to a huge disaster. Almost half of my eyebrow was gone and it look absolutely terrible. Everyone at school noticed it and I felt incredibly self conscious about it. It took year for my brows to grow back to a normal state and nowadays they’re still a little sparse on the front, but it’s ok.
Filling them in
Filling in my eyebrows wasn’t a huge succes either. At first it was very not done to do anything with your eyebrows, but at some point it started to get more accepted. At that point I went to Hema and bought myself an eyebrow pencil and I tried to apply it. I remember coming downstairs and my mother saying “Nicole, have you done something to your eyebrows? I can see pencil marks”. I felt so embarrassed I said no and immediately removed it.
After all of those happenings I started watching more and more Youtube videos of people doing their makeup, I experimented a lot and over time I started to get better and better at it. Of course I made a lot more bloopers in the meantime, but the things I mentioned were the biggest and the worst.
And that was it for my makeup evolution. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post and seeing those awkward pictures of me when I was younger, and be sure to let me know what your makeup evolution was like!