I am no stranger to making fun of myself on this blog, especially my younger self in my #TBT posts, so when I happened upon the current Youtube trend of beauty gurus recreating their makeup looks from high school, I knew I had to jump on that train and ride it straight into Self Deprication-Ville (P.S. I believe Jenna Marbles started this challenge, and her video is by far the funniest). However, I am obviously not a Youtuber, nor am I about to try to create my first video right now, so I thought I’d bring back some elements from my #TBT posts to recreate my past look. Here’s a photo of me my senior of high school for reference.
I am so glad I could date this photo without the use of time stamp thanks to the Duck Face pose. Also, if you’re wondering if I was a ghost in high school, the answer is (surprisingly) no, it was just my foundation routine. So without further a due, here are a list of the “essentials” that I used from my high school years, ranging from 2004 to 2008 (and even a little into college because no one had the decency to take me aside for the longest time to say “STOP IT!” until I started watching makeup tutorials on Youtube).
- Clinique Acne Solutions foundation, normally in two shades too light because I guess I didn’t want my face to register under sunlight. The foundation was normally applied as if I had all the money in the world to spend on foundation because I would apply several layers, and then get yelled at once a month for running out and asking if we could hit up the mall for more. Spoiler alert: the request to go to the mall was almost always denied, which then would just cause me to triple up on the product below.
- Clinique pressed powder in the same shade, which was applied with that god awful circle sponge that came with the product. Guess who never washed that sponge? Me. Guess who also had cystic acne all throughout high school? Surprise! It was me. Also, because I was apparently unofficially sponsored by Clinique in my younger years, I also used whatever sample size blush/bronzer that came with my purchase. I still don’t know how to contour my face at 26, so as you can imagine I really didn’t know what the hell I was doing at 14 years old. That being said, I often applied bronzer like I did my pressed powder…all over my face. I would then complete this look with a blush color meant for anyone’s complexion but my own, but focused solely on the apples of my cheeks, which I think you’re still supposed to do, but it doesn’t really matter if you’re skin is ghost white and the blush you are using is almost purple.
- My eye look of choice, was covering my eye lid with shimmery pastel pink, and then lining with what should be renamed to “Actual Trash”, Maybelline’s Ultra Liner. People were definitely wondering if “Maybe she’s born with it” as this liner would literally chip off like cheap paint, and by the end of the day my eye lids were only lined halfway across. Not a great daytime look if you were wondering. Or an anytime look for that matter.
- I cannot for the life of me remember what brand of mascara I used at this time, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that since it was the mid-2000’s that it was mostly likely some incarnation of Covergirl Lash Blast. You know the one that comes in the orange tube that is normally sold next to the gum at Target checkouts? Yep, that one.
- I have never been fond of lipstick/stain/gloss, but if I there was one lip product I used during this time, it was Carmex. Do you know what Carmex smells like? Menthol and tires. I wish this had dawned on me earlier in high school, maybe I would have dated more (yeah, because it was the Carmex keeping me from scoring dates, not because of my wildly abrasive personality), but oh well. At least my lips were never chapped, plus the menthol probably helped with any congestion I had from time to time.
What kills me more than this entire routine, is that during football season I would continue to wear of all this to marching band practice after school rather than washing it off, because god forbid anyone see me without makeup in public. Cut to present day me who’s typical weekend look is SPF moisturizer and Vaseline lip gloss, and not because I have great skin, because lord knows I’m not working with a great canvas over here, but mostly because I equal parts don’t care, and realize how much makeup cuts into my budget and only save it for work days. Should I probably have someone teach me how to do my brows? Yes, but that’s just one more thing I have to buy and I can’t keep throwing my money at Benefit.
Also, since this is going around as a challenge on YouTube, I challenge all of you to a similar post! Let me know in the comments if you participate!