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If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be?

Hello ladies! Smiley Happy I'm one of the (few) 17-18 year olds who frequent BT (more often to read then to post) and I've learned so many amazing things from you people! Smiley Happy

So, I was wondering - if you could time travel and give your 18 year old self advice about makeup/skincare, etc what would you say? Smiley Happy

 

 

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

I would have told myself to stay out of the sun!! Smiley Happy 

 

That, and adopt a regular routine of clean skin and moisturizing. I didn't take it very seriously until more recently, but I wish I had. It's a small, simple thing that I think pays off in the long run.

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Makeup: Put down the eyeliner! I frequently looked like a raccoon.

 

Skincare: Hmm, I guess take some time to figure out your skin type? I thought I had acne, but I was just breaking out due to harsh ingredients in the products I was using. Also, wear that SPF every single day!

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

I agree with the harsh products! I'm only 18, but I recently switched to products that are more gentle and my skin has gotten dramatically better. My skin and acne scars aren't as aggravated anymore

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

I second the eyeliner! Although I'm not 18, so many Juniors and Seniors at my school fit the raccoon image you were describing. I think it's better just to tight line (no upper lash line or waterline) and I don't even use black, I use brown. And I only wear eyeliner like that because my lash line is so sparse, and I need something there.

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Get those eyebrows done professionally Smiley Happy

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

You don't need the heavy foundation at 18 your pretty without it! And you don't need 3 pairs of shoes in your car at all times!

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

To wash my face every night - no matter how tired or lazy I was feeling!!!

 

I never regularly washed my face or had a routine to take care of my skin when I was in high school, and wish I had started this earlier.

 

 

Also - I was a fan of completely nuding out my lips - I did not embrace my (what I thought were bigger) lips. No idea why I did this - ugh I hate seeing pictures with those stupid concealer lips! Not a good look!

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Leave the foundation for the stage or photographs sessions, you don't really need it daily. Some concealer for trouble spots is more than enough because honestly nobody is looking at your pores!

 

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

SUNBLOCK ALWAYS - no tanning unless it is from a bottle

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

OMG, Spoiledbrat, you took the words right out of my mouth! I myself am 18 (baby beauty addict over here!) and the best beauty advice I've received from my mother was to wear sunblock EVERY day, without fail. Foundation with SPF doesn't count in my house. Neutrogena is our HG Smiley Wink

 

I trust her, because she has barely a wrinkle in sight and she had me late in life. And she started wearing sunblock daily at 35. I started at 16, so I'm hoping for zero instead of barely any! Haha. A girl can dream...

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

I second spoiledbrats comment. Sunblock always.

 

 

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

PoesRevy - i am honored to be on the same brain wave as you Smiley Happy

 

how is the hand?  <3

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

It is not something I wish on anyone. Surely is a .....oops, not going to try to put the word am thinking! The only thing that is positive, I will not have to wrap any gifts this year-others will have to.

 

 

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

To be better about skincare- sunblock, wash my face every night, and wear eye cream.

 

Also, not to pick at my zits (yes I was and still kind of am a picker) because it left a bunch of scars!

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Don't think the more skincare products equal quicker results..it just makes your skin irritated more. Less is more.

 

If you can't wash your face at night, at least use a gentle makeup remover wipe, will get the day off with or without makeup on.

 

If you need help figuring out your skin, see a good dermatologist. Find out what they specialize in before making an appointment. For example, mine is all about the high-end expensive procedures, but they have a great esthetician who tells me if a facial (with her) would be better than a peel etc.

 

For makeup, go with a more natural look. Using a light foundation, tinted moisturizer, bb/cc is ok to even out the skin with coverup, if needed, but you don't need a heavy makeup look.

 

 

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

tell him that you love him and want to be with him, sometimes you only get one chance

 

ok- i didnt read the skincare part.  my skincare/makeup advice would be- always wear SPF! wash your face 2X daily and DONT PICK

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Here is what I would have told a younger me:

  • Always wash your face no matter what
  • Start using a hydrating eye cream/gel early to fight those little lines 
  • drink water, your skin will thank you.  The more hydrated I am the fewer blemishes I end up with.
  • use a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer and make sure it is the right shade, you don't want to be wearing foundation mask.
  • no thick eyeliner, use shadow to line your lower lashes and titeline your upper lashes.
  • use an eyelash comb, no clumpy lashes.  Too much mascara is not your friend.

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

I would say, first learn to destress better Smiley Happy, then:

 

- in terms of make-up... less eyeliner. more blush when tired/5am HS days. more natural-pretty.  more natural looks, natural hairstyles (natural wave), relaxed...

 

- You have fair yellow (slight olive) undertone skin and COOL COLORS look better on you (took me a while to figure this out).

 

- be less obsessive/compulsive about things like washing and styling my hair every day (LONG, THICK HAIR, this took forever and was hard on my hair).  I could have gone at least two days without washing, blowdrying and re-straightening my hair, but in HS I was afraid someone would think that was gross?

 

- enjoy the beauty rituals (actually, I really did in college when I had a fair amount of down time... not so in HS).

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Exfoliate, don't pick at acne, wash am, and don't be afraid to go a little heavier with makeup. (I look like I didn't wear any back then although I did) 

Re: If you could go back and give your 18-year old self one piece of beauty advice, what would it be

Im actually 17 going for 18 on Dec 6, and I enjoy reading this Smiley Happy Thanks for the thread!