Hey, blog! Meet Ressa back in 2009, and if you're asking yourself why I'm trying to embarrass myself, returning to my home city has made me really reflect my life in high school. It's been five years ago since I graduated- crazy how time flies! I remembered when I would always go home around 8pm every night because of choir and theater rehearsals and concerts, and a lot of my interest in beauty products came from stage makeup. As you can tell from this embarrassing "MySpace style" photo above, I really didn't know anything about applying makeup!
Since I couldn't afford high-end makeup brushes and products when I was a teenager, a lot of the makeup I used was stolen and/or given to me from my mother's makeup collection. So, my makeup was simple and required very little products. My interest in makeup continued after high school, and now, I am still happy to be learning more about applying makeup everyday. After watching a lot of "How I Did My Makeup in High School" challenges on YouTube, I thought I'd share my very own high school makeup routine for you on my blog. Feel free to laugh throughout this post!
Step 1: Wear foundation that's not your actual skin color.
Man oh man! What was I thinking when I was buying foundation alone when I was 15 years old? I don't think I've ever purchased the correct shade of foundation for myself until college. So many of my high school photos looked like my face was too dark or too light for my body. Not to mention, I didn't even take into consideration whether or not the foundation was created for oily skin! With my foundation, I usually just applied it with my fingers. Although the foundation texture was decent, I remembered some days going home with streak marks around my chin area. Yeah, the beauty blender sponge didn't exist when I was a teen. The foundation I used was the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse, and although it was a good product, it was my mistake for using the wrong shade and form of application.
Step 2: Apply black kohl pencil liner all around your eyes.
Eyeliner was the number one makeup product for me in high school. And when I applied it, I would apply eyeliner all around my eyes- raccoon style. I looked absolutely ridiculous. I even used my mom's cheap quality eyeliners, so they would fade or wash away after blinking a few hours (maybe because my eyes were burning from all the product buildup). One of the better eye pencils that I used during my freshman and sophomore year was the Wet N Wild Icon Kohl Liner Pencil. The pencil liner is great for girls who are starting off makeup (and only costs 99 cents), but if you can splurge a little more, my current eye liner choice is the Physicians Formula's Eye Booster.
Step 3: Finish off the look with some frosty pink lip gloss.
What can I say? I think every teenage girl wore some type of frosty lip gloss, and I am definitely included in that epidemic. The real question is, "Why did I think I looked good wearing it?" My lips looked so pale that I looked sick or dehydrated. I'm not even going to recommend any lip glosses that I've used in high school since the lip products were given to me from party favors and gift packages during Christmas time. However, I do adore the Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss from bareMinerals. So, just learn from my mistake and purchase a gloss that naturally tints your lips instead.
Tada! I thought I'd recreate this makeup routine to show you the finished look! Notice how I did not use any contouring, blush, concealer, or eyebrow products! It felt really nostalgic to not only apply my makeup the "old" way, but to also wear my high school letterman jacket again. Funny thing is, I actually found one of my hair bows inside the pocket! I guess you can't get rid of everything you wear in high school. Jokes aside, makeup is simply for self-expression and creativity. If it weren't for this awkward makeup phase in my life, I wouldn't have gotten better at makeup. I hope you enjoyed this silly throwback and feel free to leave a comment below! Until next time- Ressa
Hi there! My name is Ressa and I am a Filipino-American travel and style blogger with a heart for music.