Teenagers are known for putting on too much makeup, not having an understanding of pre-makeup skincare routines, and putting on colors that do not go well with their skin tone. Most teenagers want to experiment with makeup but don’t necessarily know how to go about enhancing their natural beauty.
When I turned thirteen, my mom got me a makeup lesson at the Bobbi Brown makeup counter. I really just wanted to go to the M.A.C. counter and play with all the palettes of pink and purple tones. Most of my friends bought their makeup there and I felt like an old lady being told to wear nudes and browns.
The gal at Bobbi Brown did my makeup and I remember looking in the mirror and thinking, I don’t look any different. I thought she was going to make me look like Brittney Spears or give me some sort of new identity. Looking back, I realize that makeup is not supposed to change who you are but enhance what you already have.
First, she prepped my skin with a moisturizer. I had no idea this was even part of the whole makeup routine. Thank God she taught me this because in my opinion, this is one of the most important steps.
She then picked out a four-shade eyeshadow palette. The colors were all neutrals. I thought, how boring! But I didn’t say anything because I knew my mom was trying her best and thought she was teaching me a lesson. She was. She was teaching me a very valuable lesson.
Mascara went on next. Black, like my natural lashes. She showed me how to use an eyelash curler and I thought it made me look so flirty!
Next, she applied a little bit of concealer to cover some blemishes. I really didn’t have any because I had flawless skin and got my beauty rest. However, the makeup artist knew this would come in handy in the future. Fast forward to college and adulting and concealer has been a savior!
Today, I don’t wear a ton of makeup. I love the “no makeup, makeup” look. I am thankful that my mom and the gal at Bobbi Brown taught me about makeup. It not only was a valuable lesson but after I felt like I could trust my mom more and ask her other questions about coming into adulthood and becoming HER.
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