5 Things About Makeup We Wish We’d Known When We Were Younger


Ok so our makeup skills have improved greatly in the past five years, but we’ve definitely had some hits and misses. I guess we can all hold our hands up and say we did some unspeakable things with our makeup, it’s probably best if we delete those photos from memory (and Facebook – and anywhere else they might crop up!) with that said, here are 5 things about makeup we wish we’d known when we were younger.

#1 It’s ok to have eyebrows

Where did the trend for super thin eyebrows come from? There’s nothing we didn’t do to achieve this super cool early 00’s look. From enthusiastically plucking our eyebrows in every direction (under, over, from the middle of the brow) to taking the razor to those bits we didn’t actually like. We’re impressed that our brows grew back at all after all we put them through!

These days we like to work with the eyebrows we have by using working a little Anastasia Brow Wiz (Kylie Jenner’s fave) through our brows, and when we pluck them – we only take a few from underneath to tidy up. Phew.

#2 Our foundation should actually match our skin

Gone are the days of picking a shade from the counter and hoping for the best. We thought we were more tan than we were, and we also didn’t know that you should blend it on your neck, so we had a great line of orange right around our jaw line…

If you’re still not sure on your foundation shade, it’s always best to go to a counter and ask one of the many experts. If you’re still looking for the one foundation to rule them all, and want a great photo finish, why not try MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation.

#3 Eyeshadow isn’t that complicated

Do you remember how cool you felt when you got your first eyeshadow palette? Chances are there were colours in it that you never even used, but blending pastel shades up to your eyebrows felt sophisticated, so that’s all that counts. Similarly, when we were a bit older we should’ve known that the black smokey eye isn’t an everyday look.

#4 How you apply your makeup is just as important

Slathering products on with your fingers is an art, an art that we were experts at. We could even apply our eyeliner with our fingers (or those weird applicators that came with every palette) and still look passable. If we could go back in time, we would invest in brushes and invent the beauty blender, so we could dab our makeup all over our face, and gently fan our favourite bronzer on our cheeks.

#5 Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s good

Hey, you got a free lipgloss with your magazine, better use that forever. Or you found a super cheap (unbranded) perfume that looks sophisticated, better spray yourself with that, too. If it was cheap (or free) we were using it, despite the fact it didn’t suit our complexion, smelled funny and made our skin itch. We knew a good deal when we saw one…

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Managing Editor

Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Lindsey Brooke

    I’m dying at the first tip. It seemed like growing up NO ONE had eyebrows!!!


  • Leanne

    so guilty of the smokey eye thing. luckily i always kept my eyebrows though! great post x


  • JVT

    I remember rocking the No Doubt, Gwen Stefanie, brows back in the 90s. ;)

  • Katina Lindaa

    I only discovered brows when I was about to turn 20.. crazy hahah! Back when I was 16 and first started using makeup I just used to wear blush, foundation and eye liner… and I’m super oily hahah! So you can imagine that the makeup did not last long, at all! x

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

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