Beauty Tips I'd Tell My 13 Year Old Self3:38 PM
Take your make up off before bed
Even if if only was Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, Rimmel Powder and a line of cakey, white eyeshadow, it still needed to come off my face before getting into bed. I've always had a lot of bother with the cleanliness of my complexion, but obviously this didn't assist me in my fight against spots. I was far too much of a lazy teenager!
Invest in skincare
From the word go, my skin has always been something of an oil slick and even in my early teenage years, I needed a serious something to sort out my blemishes. In family pictures, I can see now the shiny patches of despair on my forehead and down my nose. Without a proper skincare routine, I can't see how I wondered why I was bogged down constantly with spots and redness.
Don't be white white bleach blonde
I blame my parents (ha!) for allowing me to start getting my hair bleached pure white from the age of thirteen! In all honesty, I begged and begged them, and at the time, I loved it. If the bleaching wasn't bad enough at the time, I also used £1 shop shampoo and conditioner, and straightened my hair three times a day too! On top of that, I looked washed out and pale, and insisted upon putting bright coloured neon plastic extensions in my hair. Kill me now!
Your neck is part of your face
Blend, blend, blend. I'm one of the guilty orange mask-wearers who didn't blend their Dream Matte Mousse (in too dark a shade) down their necks. I'm sure I wasn't the only one, but even so, nothing said make up rookie like a thick orange line along my jaw.
Avoid the emo/'scene'/witch phase
I'm sure MOST of us went through a particularly awkward phase where neon tiger print skinny jeans and thick kohl everywhere were the in-thing to do. Mine was especially hilarious, though, and my family loves teasing me about shutting myself in my room room listening to the heaviest metal music (which I don't even enjoy!) and casting spells! I fully immersed myself in the witchy lifestyle; black lace, tonnes of thick black eye makeup and concealer lips.
Wash your make up brushes
Ok, when I say 'brushes', I mean the one single powder brush I got free with a magazine and only used to cake Rimmel Stay Matte Powder all over my chops. This itchy little baby literally NEVER got washed ONCE and I used it religiously before school for about two years. The bacteria and gross germs that would have been hiding in there is too horrendous to think about, but no wonder I had the amount of spots I did!
Embrace the brace!
My teeth were so on the wonk before I had my braces, but literally the entire duration of having them on (only about two years) I continued to express my hatred for them. Every time I went to the dentist, I begged him to have them off, and refused to smile with my teeth in photos. Looking back now, my braces were the defining moment in my transformation from awkward teenager to someone I'm happy with.