5 Things I Wish I Knew About Beauty And Self Love In High School


A look back at my cringeworthy makeup mistakes.

In one short year, I'll be graduating from college.

I've learned a lot since I occupied the hallowed halls of high school—as I should've since I'm forking out a pretty penny for college tuition, but I've also learned a lot more about beauty. And I've realized 5 of the MAJOR beauty mistakes I made in high school. Can you relate? Here they are:

1. I didn't experiment enough.
I NEVER wore bright colors on my lips in high school. I remember purchasing my first bright pink lip gloss during my freshman year of college, and I was terrified to wear it out and about. From the moment I was brave enough to swipe it across my lips and step into my dorm's common room, I knew I was in love. That product was NYX's Dolly Pink. Never forget.

2. I didn't have a skin care routine. (Yikes!)
Since my cashier job at the local grocery store didn't pay THAT great, I didn't invest in (or thoroughly research) a skincare routine. Mistake! I would buy the harshest drugstore salicylic acid acne cleanser—even though I didn't have acne!—and on the rare occasion I did use it, I wondered why it stung so badly. My tip? Figure out what kind of skin you have before splurging (and wash your face every night before bed!). I realized later that I have sensitive, combination skin that is not prone to acne. Lesson learned. I now use First Aid Beauty and Ole Henriksen products on my face—SO good.

3. I constantly tugged at my eyes when doing my makeup.
In all fairness, I was given a lot of warning about this one. But I never took it to heart. I kind of still don't. When I apply my signature winged eye, I tug pretty hard at my eyes. BIG MISTAKE. HUGE. Now I'm noticing a loss of elasticity around my eye area (and that freaks me out). Will my must-have cateye make me look like a wrinkly mess within the next few years? PASS ME THE EYE CREAM. 911.

4. I didn't save the smokey eye makeup for a night out ... I wore it to SCHOOL.
I know what you're thinking, smokey eye but afraid of lip color? That's a little weird. Yes, I used to rock smokey eyes at school. I don't know what I was trying to prove with that. 8 AM and BLACK eyeshadow? So. Much. Shame. I used a MAC eyeshadow quad, which made me feel like the coolest b*tch alive. Nope.

5. I used makeup as a mask. (And CAKED it on.)
I caked my foundation on to the point where a friend told me that he could probably scoop off my foundation with a spatula. When I hugged people, I got foundation on their clothes. When I was in class, I copiously reapplied my Clinique powder. I really, really packed it on. What I didn't realize then was that I was using the foundation (and makeup in general) as a literal mask—painted on to act as a barrier and hide my "true self." I was deeply insecure about my appearance and clung to these products for dear life.

Don't worry though: I've since switched to lighter BB cream and—gasp!—I even go out with NO makeup on at all. It has been a very gradual process, but I'm proud of this feat.

What were some of your biggest high school beauty mistakes? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published at BEAUTYON7TH. Reprinted with permission from the author.


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