The first time I ever used makeup was on my first day of pre-university (grade 11). I remember my sister lent me her black eye-liner and I tried drawing it out on my eyelid. I did the right eye and then the left, and they didn’t match. So I made the right one thicker, far too thick, and so I tried another stroke on my left. I ended up doing this till my entire eyelid was covered in black. It was a long time before I could put eyeliner on without making a mess.It was during my first job that I discovered coloured eye pencils, mascara, eye shadow, and lip liner. They felt like a game changers; I remember embracing the smoky eye look instantly. There were days when my new discoveries looked good and days when I went overboard with them. Overall, I have made some big makeup mistakes, but I learned so much along the way. Today, I am sharing some my biggest beauty blunders and what has changed.
Having 5pm panda eyes - Everyone knows how much I love drawn out, big eyes. During my early 20s, I almost never left home without my lower eyelids drawn out. While this is still something I do, I don’t have panda eyes by 5pm. It wasn’t until recently that I started using eye-primer. So, thankfully my eye-liner (kajal) doesn’t run. I have also been open to different shades of eyeliner during the day to create subtle looks.
Underestimating my eyebrows - I was obsessed with clean eyebrows. Between the pain of letting them grow out and how ugly they looked, I would thread them too often. As a result, I have thin, unshaped eyebrows now. Over the last year, I have understood the how thick, well-shaped eyebrows can enhance the face. So as I regrow my arches, I am going easy on the tweezing and I have been using a touch of brow gel and pencil to make them more defined and thick.
Not wearing mascara - Yet another underestimation - how eye lashes can open up your eyes! I regret how much mascara I have wasted by letting it dry up. I used to use mascara occasionally to fix my frizzy hair and I still do. But it was only recently I noticed a girl at work whose eyelashes looked beautiful and I was inspired to give mascara a try. Now I never leave home without mascara. Also, I am loving the new colored mascara; I cannot wait to try it.
Skipping sunscreen - During my 20s I used to say God gave me lovely skin to make up for my frizzy, unmanageable hair. While I still believe that, I have learned that God expects me to take care of it too. My skin is normal and doesn’t require any major routine. I have always washed my face and applied moisturizer but I didn’t use sunscreen. It was mainly because I hated how oily it made my face look and gave it pass. As a result, I have developed spots and freckles and needless to say tanned plenty. I have finally found an oil-free sunscreen and it is now a part of my daily morning routine.
Not bold enough for dark lips - I loved lipstick and I still do. My lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip stains are mostly light shades. Given how dark red lipstick was always associated with seeking attention, I never used it. I also feared any dark filled lips would get the same comments. Thankfully my wedding gave me a chance to try fuller, darker, bolder lips and I love it. This fall I am going bold on lips.
Thanks to experimenting and inspiration from people around me I have stopped making some of these beauty mistakes. What are your biggest beauty blunders?