My recent trip down memory lane- AKA my Bout With Teenage Skin- made me think about all things beauty related during that time in my life. I have concluded that there are several universal Terrible Makeup Mistakes that all teenage girls make. The most obvious is choosing lip products based on flavor. I know for a fact every single one of you reading this right now had a Bonnie Bell Dr Pepper Lip Smacker. I can only hope and pray that you no longer do.
Most gals crash and burn at the eyes. Eyes are referred to as the windows to our souls. Sadly, for many teenage girls, these windows are dirty- streaked with black sludge. I understand the appeal- nothing shouts “Grown Up” like expertly made up eyes. When done correctly, eyeliner enhances the eyes, and makes the whites whiter, the lashes thicker, and showcases the entire eye. However. While Black is the new Black, and black is grown up and sexy and sophisticated, black is also a responsibility. When used incorrectly, the look can go from sultry to skanky in the blink of an eye. Pun intended. (I would also argue that “sultry” isn’t a word teenage girls should embrace, but I feel they would roll their over-done eyes and I would lose their attention.)
Liquid eyeliner is the number one culprit. Ladies: listen to me. Liquid eyeliner requires years of training to be applied correctly. It requires a steady hand as even the tiniest slip of a wrist can cause a formerly straight line to resemble the Mississippi River. Even after these years of training, it may be discovered that you and the liquid eyeliner just might not be compatible. Some gals, though, can pull it off- see Winehouse, Amy- but many (most) of us cannot.
And that’s OK. Anything that when applied causes your eyes to burn and tear isn’t a good look.
Sadly, this is not the only mistake you teenage lovelys make…