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What got you HOOKED on makeup?

What started your love affair with makeup? Was it years of watching your mom put on her face when you were younger? Or maybe a particular product that started your obsession? Or even a makeup look that you wanted to emulate? 

 

I didn't really start wearing makeup until college and that was primarily because of my acne. My love affair with makeup began when my once perfect complexion started getting not-so-great. Recently my skin had gotten significantly worse (hormonal cystic acne) and I really credit makeup for giving me the confidence to go out and live as i should! Now I am obsessed with finding the best products and techniques to manage and hide my acne/scars. And thanks to all you wonderful beauties on here and a bunch of helpful makeup tutorials on youtube, I no longer have to hang my head low in shame Smiley Happy 

 

So how did you fall in love?

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Hello elnxio, 

 

This is a fun topic, I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's reponses.

 

To be honest, I'm not sure what it was that got me hooked. My mother  rarely wore makeup growing up so maybe that was part of it, I was intrigued by these products I had yet to see in action? Whatever the point, I first started doing makeup as a Freelance artist for DuWop which was a favorite line of mine since the majority of their items were so natural and simple to use, everything was based on simplicty and tricks to make your face flawless with a minimal amount of items.

 

From there, I became more intrigued with colors and effects to contour the eyes, shade the nose, brighten and enhance the lips, etc. which I got to learn both through Sephora training and working for Lancome as a boutique artist.

 

While I don't wear as much color and fun things as I used to, I am still into makeup and focus most of my energy on a great complexion which to me means not just makeup but also the perfect skincare for your skincare needs and wants. Smiley Happy 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Interesting topic!

 

Not sure really, I started getting really bad acne in high school, didn't really care about it until I was nearly out though, and even then it didn't really start until midway through college.  I decided to try a more expensive facewash rather than a drugstore one, seeing the drastic night and day difference it had made (not a miracle, but it was a large improvement) I kinda got hooked on following a skincare regimen for the results, and then began enjoying it.  Being a punker when I was younger has always meant a love affair with eyeliner, although I wear it considerably more conservatively now!  My mom also didn't really deal with makeup (she was so averse to putting on eyeliner she had it tattooed on before I was born) she throws on a little eyeshadow and lip gloss, otherwise it's all skincare and lotions with her.  She's in her 60s now and still looks no older than 40, seeing that has also been an inspiration to following a regimen religiously! Smiley Happy  The moral of the story is take care of yourself, and you'll continue looking awesome!

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I'm not totally sure -- but my mother, grandmother and aunts used to give me the lipsticks and things they didn't like from Clinique gifts. By the time I was 13, I had amassed a huge collection of lipstick (that I did not wear out of the house!). I also had about 40 Bonne Bell chapsticks in practically every flavor...I really liked those (the hoarding tendencies started young, I guess!). I tried foundation when I was about 13 or 14 -- I didn't need it at that age(!), but I was fascinated by how flawless it made my skin look. I kept everything in this giant caboodles that I kept on my dresser. I *wish* I could still fit everything I own into a caboodles, but now I need a small storage unit. I think less is more, though, sometimes Smiley Tongue

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I LOVED those bonne bell chapsticks! I had a glittery mint chocolate chip ice cream one that was my pride and joy lol. To this day I still love the watermelon, pink lemonade and dr. pepper Smiley Happy

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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I had those and one that was Dr. Pepper, man I loved those!And after that it was red lipstick and then history just ran it's course all the way till this very day and I never get bored.Smiley Very Happy

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The Dr. Pepper one was my favorite too! I loved that it had the perfect amount of color haha. I remember loving that Lipsmacker line. I had a tin filled with them. The lipglosses were amazing too, I remember my favorite being a really faint shimmery strawberry one.

Whimsically yours,
Janine

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@Janine-It's so funny how we forget about those things and one small conversation brings them back. I know when I was typing about the Dr. Pepper lip gloss last night,I kinda had a little laugh over it!Smiley Very Happy

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mmmm, Dr. Pepper and Pink  Lemonade ^.^ definitely add bubble gum in there and you're all set!

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Yes! I had the glittery mint chocolate chip, too -- but I can't remember when that was. My absolute favorite was starfruit, which I had in 6th or 7th grade, but I don't think it was around that long -- maybe for a few years. It was tinted pink and smelled delicious. I also loved Dr. Pepper -- I loved that it was just slightly red. Oh, and strawberry -- that's still a good one Smiley Happy

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Oh my goodness, starfruit!! That brings back so many memories. I remember copying my friendSmiley Happy

<3 Melissa

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@katie- I think everyone on here had Dr. Pepper and yep it was slightly red, gosh look how many memories come flooding back in.Smiley Very Happy (Man I really gotta stop all these smiley faces I get way to carried away).

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@elnixo- Awww! That's a really nice thing you said about not having to hang your head in shame, you never have to do that around us,instead of a magic wand we all just whip out our magic ideas and make it all go away. Smiley Happy

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I think my heart just grew more warm fuzzies ^.^ not sarcastically either lol

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Well it's not everyday people comment on the help they get from all of us and I think it's really nice for her to say that.

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I most certainly agree! Smiley Happy

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Well I meant it! It's an awesome feeling to come to a place where you know you wont be judged and the ppl are really there to offer genuine support! Plus, you guys seriously offer the best advice Smiley Very Happy

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@elnxio-That's very very sweet! Thanks again!Smiley Happy

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I started to love makeup after having to wear it for dance performances. I was amazed by how different I could look with just a bit of color here and there. I started to experiment and found a much less costumey way of making myself feel pretty every day!

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my love affair with makeup came in a similar way as that of juicyglosspaige! I used to be a competitive dancer and I of course had to wear makeup when I was younger and would need to compete or perform at recitals. But I didn't really love makeup until I began to do theater. Makeup is such a unique way for me to transform myself in a show, and I have learned that I can transform my true self with everyday makeup as well. I love being able to express different moods and personas with cosmetics! <3 

p.s. I LOVE this post Smiley Happy super fun topic Smiley Happy

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No one in the family really wears make up. Back in high school, I started playing with make up at home because everyone else did but I don't want to be ignorant and look stupid, so I read lots of articles and subscribed to Seventeen.

 

I don't really care if/when I had pimples and I started wearing make up in public in college whenever I feel bored. I wasn't really into the skincare/make up stuff until last year of college when I had to stop being timid and put myself out there, which was the same time I discovered fashion/style blogs, and my appearance reflected that. My friend said I became more edgy (more daring fashion-wise, experimented with make up that makes me look cute/sexy/beautiful rather than colorful experiment from random bursts of creativity).

 

Now I've turned my focus more to skincare with mostly minimal make up (but go all out for parties/important occasions). I'm very skeptical and critical of everything, especially since skincare/beauty items usually have exaggerated claims and are not held at the same standard as food (hello, lip products?!?! Even if you are careful, you'd probably still ingest some of it). I like how it can be subtle to enhance your beauty or bold and artistic like a costume to make you into a different person. I love waterpainting to destress but it's a bit messy and I don't necessarily have the material, make up is basically art for your face, so I like searching for outrageous or purely artistic make up looks and try to emulate them. Then Sephora started BeautyTalk, and now I'm a gonner.

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I started when I got into college. My family never used makeup. I got interested in eyeliner and then found beauty gurus on youtube and then the whole makeup world. I love it. 

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Well no one in my family really wore or still wear makeup (my sister wears only a little and I got her started on it).

 

It started with a lipgloss from Claire's a frosty pinky-lavender (a color I never wear now!) that smelled yummy.

Once I got into junior high (grade 7-9) I noticed so many girls seemed to have perfect skin, something I did not have (no acne yet, but pretty uneven skin), then I discovered that for many of them it was just makeup! Around that time I started watching "What Not to Wear" and I loved watching how Carmindy could really transform and enhance a person's features.

 

I'll admit that through junior high and high school it was more about a confidence thing (although I definitely did my best not to overdo it, since nobody else in my family wore makeup), though I did love rocking a super bright or sparkly lipgloss every now and then. Mostly I stuck to neutral shadows, little or no blush, mascara, and lipgloss.

 

Now I tend to play around and have fun with makeup more, but I'll always be more of a bold lip rather than bold eye person!

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My mother loved makeup and had a large collection, which she would let me play with as a child. She never had issues when I wanted to wear makeup out as a young teen, although in hindsight I looked terrible as no 12 year old knows how to apply makeup.

 

Since she has died I've gotten even more in to makeup for two reasons: It makes me feel more connected to my mother, and It makes me feel happier about the day if I look pretty.

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Good question. I didnt get into makeup until I was 18 or 19. I had great skin and never really wore more than lipbalm back then. My mom is a makeup fanatic, she wore makeup for as long as I can remember. The very first time I walked into a Sephora I was so lost and confused, I didnt know what any of that stuff was and how to use it. My mom bought me my very first item from Sephora (UD Ammo palette....I'm on my second one right now) and from then on I've been trying/testing/researching high end brands. I've been on BT for awhile (2 yrs?) and those that have known me from the beginning know how much my stash grew since the first time I logged in here. I remember someone posted a Q once on counting makeup products...and I started out with a handful of necessities I think (lipstick, powder foundation, shadow) and didnt even know what blush/bronzer/highlighter was for. I ready beauty magazines (marie claire, instyle, glamour), temptalia, musings of a muse, and I watch Tanya Burr and pixiwoo on youtube. Now I have a 8 drawer makeup organizer full of makeup. And I love it. Smiley Very Happy My mom has been wearing makeup *much* longer than I have, but I seem to be the expert because I'm the one looking up techniques and stuff online, and I'm the one buying/testing stuff pretty frequently so she actually comes to ME for advice. You know you're pretty good when your 45 year old mom asks her 24 year old daughter for advise.

 

*pats herself on back*

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