Getting personal: My makeup history

my makeup history

My earliest beauty memory...

... is when I discovered a whole bunch of nail polishes in a cupboard. I was maybe 5 or 6 years old and they were my mom's. She hardly ever used them. But I was fascinated. I was also fascinated by sequins. (I actually have a very vivid memory of me being mesmerized by a sequin pullover a friend o my mom's once wore.) I was into girly stuff, okay? Sparkly stuff you put on your body seemed fun.

 

In school,...

...I was one of the first girls (I actually think I might have been the first girl) that started to wear makeup. But it wasn't the playful fun kind of makeup. Makeup basically equaled cheap concealer to cover my under-eye circles. (I have really bad under-eye circles.) Also, I was maybe 15 and I started to get my first pimples. Nothing too bad, but I had this very very bad habit of scratching and squeezing the hell out of every pimple. In retrospective, that was alarmingly obsessive. (I still got scars from that time! Stupid stupid girl!) Anyway, I had to cover up the mess on my face. For years and years makeup equaled concealing blemishes and redness. It wasn't fun. Having to put on makeup was almost torturous. 

 

Then,...

...I started to take birth control (which is a whole other topic, but I did - still do - get along very well with it) and I stopped getting blemishes.) And I stopped wearing makeup. I was free. 

(Also, on a side note, I discovered tea tree oil - which works WONDERS, literally WONDERS for my skin -. Whenever I get a spot, I put it on and the spot miraculously disappears. Life changing. Literally, life changing!!!)

 

Then, one, two years ago. With 30!! And after 5 makeup-free years ...

....I started to follow all the beauty-gurus on YouTube and I got myself an Urban Decay "Naked" palette, a Bourjois creme bronzer, more than one (!) mascara and my first Chanel lipstick. I was in the game. And I was loving it. I became a winged eyeliner-pro, I went for a bold lip and highlighted my cheekbones. I still do. I'm having almost child-like fun with makeup. The best time of the day is when I can put on makeup. (Okay, to be fair, taking it off also feels quite nice.) I enjoy painting my face. It is playful. It is fun.

Makeup should be empowering. Always. Have fun with it. Play with it. Take it out on a date, fool around, and fall in love with it.

I did.