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Makeup tips I learned from my teenage self

Do you ever look back at your old high school pictures and cringe? I do. So many of the beauty techniques I used and makeup choices I made back then were nothing short of horrifying. I guess though, it makes sense that in those formative years of makeup wearing there would be some mistakes (except there were always a few b*tch*s who had it right all along).

I have to admit that as much as I wish I could burn every copy of those photos, the early years helped pave the beauty path for me in a way. Little did I know at the time, I was laying the foundation for my future beauty routine. Of course, I continue to pick up tips and refine my look to this day, but some of those early lessons were big ones and still shape my current beauty choices. Here are a few beauty tips I learned from teenage me:

Red lipstick is NOT my friend:

This one was a hard learned lesson for me. Back in the day I thought that a red lip looked striking and dramatic next to my pale skin. In reality it just looked conspicuous, and not in a good way. I have found that no matter how many, “There is a red lipstick for everyone” articles I read, the color just doesn’t work for me. I am apparently the exception to the rule. In fact, other than a few nude or close-to-my-lipcolor shades, I don’t own much lipstick at all. Give me a tinted gloss any day!

My eyebrows need extensive plucking:

Those were the days when I thought that just pulling the odd stray strand was good enough. Unfortunately, my brows require a lot more shaping than that. It took some time and a bit of trial and error, but after a while I learned to properly shape my eyebrows. It makes such a difference to my overall look. I only wish I’d figured it out sooner.

Not all pale girls are suited for pink blush:

I have found over the years that when you’re pale, most people assume you have pinkish undertones and should wear colors in that family. When I was younger I made the mistake of listening to those opinions. Then one day, on a whim, I picked up a sunnier shade and was pleasantly surprised by how much perkier and fresher I looked. Who knew that you should trust your own instincts?

Anyways, I’m sure I’m not alone here. Unless you were one of those hateful girls who had the makeup thing down from the get-go (you know who you are), have a look at your old teen photos. Your grandma is never going to stop proudly displaying your old school pictures. You might as well suck it up and accept that those beauty missteps are what got you to where you are now. Be proud!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing