Recently, my friend Chanelle shared with us her makeup menu for her 21st birthday (p.s. Happy Birthday, Chanelle!) which got me thinking:
- I’m old
- Wow, Chanel’s makeup routine is so much less complicated than mine! I wonder what mine was like when I was 21…
So lucky you, dear reader, cause today we’re going to talk about it! But before we do, I feel the need to forewarn you that most of my makeup choices weren’t always wise and mostly were the result of: a coupon, a clearance sticker, or it was the lowest price in the store.
For foundation and concealer, I loyally used the Almay Smart Shade line in their lightest shades. If it weren’t for my friend Kristina who wore both of these, and me being nosy and rifling through her bathroom, I don’t think I ever would have discovered them, especially because at around $10 each they were more than I liked to spend on foundation like products… But I did and they were my favorites for a really long time.
If I used powder (and a lot of the time I did not) it was this $3 “color corrector” from elf. I never noticed any color correcting, nor did I really need any but for $3 it was cheap and I always felt pro applying powder over my foundation 😛 I guess some things never change though, cause I still pick this up when I’m running low on powder 🙂
Would you believe me if I told you 2015 was the first year I ever wore a blush that wasn’t mauve? At one point in my early adult life my mom had made a comment that the mauve blush I was wearing was really pretty on my skin and I was so flattered that I simply never even considered any other shade. Ever. I usually went for whatever mauve shade I could find that was the cheapest, but I think my most repurchased blush in my early 20s was West Side Wine from the brand NYC.
I was all about the Physicans Formula Shimmer Strips shadows when I was 21. My favorite and daily go to was the cool toned set for Hazel Eyes, but if I was feeling adventurous I’d also wear the one for Green Eyes. An absolute favorite of mine, though, was a duo that I got for FREE with a coupon that I found in a magazine while in the checkout line at Wal-Mart. I literally took the coupon out of the magazine (which I hadn’t bought, by the way), went back to the makeup department and picked up the eyeshadow. I had two that were my favorites to use for nights when I’d go out clubbing with friends (the green and yellow duo and the blue duo featured above).
For years I’d buy and re-buy the Maybeline Great Lash Mascara in the blackest black I could find. It really was not the best mascara out there and I always struggled with trying to keep it from clumping but it was the cheapest in the store so loyally it went home with me. Honestly, I’m not sure I even tried a different mascara until my mid-twenties so I sort of just assumed that all mascaras were the same!
I can’t for the life of me remember which eyeliner I used to use, just that it was ALWAYS black and that it HAD to be the kind you twisted up. Typically these were 3x the cost of a regular pencil liner, but I just loved the convenience! And don’t worry… I still made sure to buy which ever one was the cheapest 😛
As for bronzer, contouring, highlighting and filling in the brows and even chapstick for that matter… it never even occurred to me that any of those were necessary so I just didn’t do them. I’ve also always hated the feel of lip-gloss (with the exception of a strange phase I went through in middle school where I had to have every flavor of gloss known to mankind) so that was a no, and for years I was far too insecure to wear lipstick so that was another no (I was paranoid that it would run outside of my lip line or get all over my teeth).
It really makes you wonder though… I’m 27, so it’s only been 6 years since I used to do my daily makeup with less than 7 products. Yet now I loyally apply: foundation, concealer, powder, under eye powder, eyeshadow, line the lower lashes, line the upper lashes, mascara, brows, contour, bronzer, blush on apples of cheeks, another blush to add depth to the backs of my cheeks, highlight, lipstick… oh, and primer (one for my face, one for lids and one under my lower lash line)…
I went from 7 products to 18 in just 6 years.
Part of me wonders… am I just buying into consumerism more as an adult? Or maybe I was just limiting myself more in college because I didn’t have as much spending money as I do now? Or maybe I just enjoy makeup more now? What do you think? How much has your makeup changed since you were in your early 20s? Do you think you need it all now, or do you just enjoy it?