This tag started doing the rounds on Youtube (and blogs) a few months ago, since Louise and Sammi started it at the beginning of September— so why I’m only getting ’round to responding at the end of October, is anyone’s guess!
When did you start wearing make-up?
I can remember the first time I wore lipstick of my own accord; I was only about 10! My mum had dropped me off for school and I was sporting a dark shade of red that had come free with Shout! Magazine. She asked me if I was wearing lipstick and I denied it of course— I don’t know how I thought she wouldn’t notice! I used to raid my older sister’s make-up collection too, much to her joy. I used to have a lot of fun with her No7 Eyeshadow Set, silver glitter lipstick (that felt more like a scrub when you applied it!) and blue hair mascara. I can remember when Miss Selfridge did make-up too and testing red and green mascara in store. My sister had a green, lilac and silver nail polish by them too and they were the toughest things to open! And she had an amazing ‘lipstick’ from The Body Shop, that you could use on your eyes and cheeks too. It was so drying!
I don’t think I wore a full face of make-up until I was about 12 or 13 and even then, myself and my peers didn’t have much of a clue about what we were doing. We had no knowledge of different skintypes and there was obviously no YouTube— we just had to follow tutorials from magazines like J17 and Mizz! There were lots of tide lines and over-bronzed faces, I can tell you. And Victoria Beckham lips, circa 1993; dark lipliner and clear gloss. Mmm.
Me and my friends used to buy our make-up from the chemist as it was on the way home from school. They did every single shade of nail polish that Stargazer had ever made and stocked Collection 2000 too. I can remember a particularly bad foundation I once bought that was like a pan concealer and came with a sponge applicator. It was disgusting. Even worse than that, I used Maxfactor’s Panstik all over my face a few times. It’s nice, if you want to look greasy.
How do you feel without make-up?
I used to wear make-up all the time and wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without at least a bit of foundation and eyeliner, but there have been two periods in my life where make-up has been less of a priority and I’ve not worn it at all; 1. When I was promoted at work and was up at 4am 5 days a week and 2. When I was pregnant and having morning sickness— so my colleagues have seen me make-up-less, but that said, I’ll be wearing make-up when I return to work next month! I would prefer to be wearing make-up when I leave the house, but I feel absolutely fine without it, now. I don’t need to wear anything to pop to the shop, or go into town and I often don’t, but if I was meeting someone I knew, I’d be more inclined to apply make-up. (It can be a hassle finding the time to put it on, only to take it off again a few hours later though!)
What do you like about make-up?
It’s so creative and fun, not to mention if I’ve had a rough, late, sleepless night, I can cover up the fact I look like the Grand High Witch.
3 “Holy Grail” items
1. Concealer • My current favourite has to be Collection Lasting Perfection. Such good value for money!
2. Foundation • Currently using MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW20
3. Blusher • I love the MaxFactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blushes. So easy to blend!