Bionic Asks: When did you start wearing makeup?

by Bionic Beauty on May 12, 2010 · 4 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series
I thought it would be fun this week to take a little trip down Memory Lane…
This week’s Bionic Asks
How old were you when you started wearing makeup? And when did you actually become more interested in makeup, skincare and the like?

I’ll kick things off-
I started wearing makeup in my Freshman year of high school. Back then it was mostly a bit of CoverGirl’s Clear Complexion powder (the kind that smelled like, and contained, Noxema ingredients) and CoverGirl’s concealer in a lipgloss-wand-type tube. I was prone to acne, so concealer dotted on top was a must for me. My eyes usually just had CoverGirl mascara on my lashes; and I would occasionally wear some brown Revlon eyeshadow, or Wet n’ Wild’s black eyeliner pencil. I didn’t do much experimenting back then. Can you tell I was a CoverGirl fangirl? My mom was, and still is, a Clinique fan. She would usually give me some of the stuff from her Clinique Bonus Time bags. That was always an exciting time of the year for me, but I still kept things minimal. My mom tried and tried to get me to wear more eye makeup. She succeeded for one of my Proms, but before the night was through, I ended up using Qtips to wipe most of it off; I just didn’t feel like me.

I didn’t really start experimenting with color and different makeup looks until my mid-twenties. I found color! I took classes from local makeup artists and dermatologists whenever possible and started branching out to different brands: L’Oreal, Physician’s Formula, Sonia Kashuk and Milani became my favorite brands. I still struggle with occasional acne- mostly from testing so many different skin care regimens and makeup brands for Bionic Beauty. Thankfully now I have the knowledge to clear up my skin, detox it, know which ingredients I need to avoid, and what my skin actually needs to be healthy.

One thing that hasn’t changed in my makeup routine over the years… my love of nail polish. As far back as I can remember, I always kept my toes painted. I consider them my mini artistic canvases!

And now it is your turn, dear readers. Think back a bit, and share your makeup history!

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1 Tashi May 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Hmm, I think it was in the 80s when I was in high school, when I first started wearing makeup. I’m sure my mom wouldn’t allow me to wear it until maybe 9th grade. I don’t remember many specific brands that I used, but I’m sure Cover Girl, Maybelline, and Noxzema were frequent lines. I remember using purple eye shadow. Mascara, maybe foundation of some sort, and blush that was sometimes sooo the wrong shade, but I eventually learned what was a better color for me. In my 20s or 30s, I became much more interested in makeup and skincare. I’m still on the conservative makeup side, and use the same things pretty consistently, not changing things up too often. I don’t wear eye shadow (several Milani palettes and single shades, plus a couple Revlon Color Stays) as often as I wear eyeliner (Milani’s Liquif’ Eye, Boots gel liner). Got Cover Girl mascara (Lash Blast Volumizing), and converted to mineral foundation in the last couple of years (Bare Minerals, Milani). Kirk’s Original Castile Soap (good stuff, and cheap!) or Cetaphil is what I wash/cleanse my skin with regularly. As I’ve aged, my skin has benefitted greatly from my fairly simple makeup and skin routines. I still get occasional blemishes, but not too bad.

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2 Bionic Beauty May 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Oh… don’t get me started on my blush colors. I was such a mess. I’m trying to find some old photos to scan them in for a future “Bionic Asks” segment about embarrassing makeup situations. ;) Y’all should get a good laugh anyhow!

I’m SO happy you’re another Milani fan. It’s nice to have people to swoon over their eye shadows with! Ha ha!
Tashi, Do you mind if I ask about your experience with Bare Minerals? I tried them a few times and the bismuth made my face burn like mad! I was okay as long as I didn’t sweat or get my pores open. But here in Florida, it’s kind of hard not to sweat with all the humidity… anyhow, I’d just be interested in hearing your experience with BE/BM.
~J

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3 Tashi May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

No problems with the Bare Minerals for *me*, other than initially figuring out the proper shade of foundation. I get good coverage with it. I wish it weren’t slightly shiny, I have to say. But I manage fine. They’ve since come out with a matte foundation, as I’ve heard.

Maybe the absence of problems is due to the climate/environment here in Minnesota (we *don’t* get snow all year-round, lol). If bismuth is bad for people, it doesn’t seem to affect *me*. And I use it every day. Luck? Genes? My skincare routine and/or product application? I have no clue. It does concern me, bad ingredients and all. But especially right now, I can’t afford to buy anything new to replace it. Someday, I may very well buy more Milani (used up my old supply of it), maybe try Purely Cosmetics, etc. I really like how matte the Milani is, with great coverage as well. Btw, Milani is so faboo. :-) Their Runway Blackout shadow is one I mainly use as eyeliner, by simply slightly dampening the sponge applicator (I buy the ponty ones from Sally’s, since those weird little curved thingies that Milani gives you, are just too tiny and cumbersome, for *me*, anyway.).

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4 Victoria Bouras May 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

4th grade………..I started really getting into makeup when I was in 7th grade.

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