I’ve seen a lot of these types of posts recently and they always make me laugh. So I thought, why not do one myself?
When I was growing up, I didn’t have the foggiest about skincare or makeup. I didn’t have a routine, a favourite brand, a sure-fire everyday look. I was lucky enough to not suffer with bad skin (apart from the odd spot here and there) but I don’t think I even owned makeup wipes as a teenager. I’m not kidding.
It’s only really been in the last year or two that I’ve really got into makeup and skincare. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that up until about Christmas 2014, I was still just taking my makeup off every night with a Johnsons wipe. No Miscellar water, cleanser, toner or night cream in sight. Oops.
So here’s some advice I would give my teen self about all things beauty and perhaps, I ought to remind my adult self of some of these too from time to time….
CLEANSE CLEANSE CLEANSE
As a teen, I didn’t even know what cleanser was. OK, I wasn’t stupid and knew it cleaned your face. But seriously, I didn’t know why I needed to do it. Now, a day doesn’t go by without at least double cleansing (once in the morning, once in the evening). My trusty The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash I swear by and for a proper deep clean, I’ll use the Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse.
tone tone tone
Equally as important as cleansing is toning and I never did this as a teen – since I was gifted my all-time fave Pixi Glow Tonic for Christmas, I’ve totally understood the benefits of using a daily toner. It may be pricey but it sure is worth it.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES
This is one I need to be reminded of even today. I never used to, nor do I regularly now, use an eye cream. I didn’t see the point. But now, at the grand old age of 26, I have dark circles glued to my under eyes and the laughter lines are sneaking their way out. Damn it. I’ve experimented with the Benefit It’s Potent cream but I’m not sure it’s a miracle worker so I ought to invest in an anti-aging treatment sooner rather than later.
THERE IS SUCH A THING AS TOO MUCH bronzer
Like seriously. Before contouring, for me, there was just ‘all over the face bronzing’ and it was not a good look. That partnered with too much eyeliner and dodgy, overplucked brows were the ultimate teenage beauty fail.
PICK YOUR FOUNDATION AND BRUSH WISELY
I’ve experimented with dozens of foundations over the years and it’s only really in the last 6 months that I think I’ve found ‘the one’. When I was young, and just becoming acquainted with foundation, I would get it seriously wrong. Like, no blending, too orange kinda wrong. I’d also just use my fingers to apply any kind of base. Not cool. I’ve learn to pick my foundation and the brush to apply it with wisely which is why the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light and the Kabuki F82 Sigma brush are my ultimate best friends.