A lot of girls sooner or later get into make up. Some get more into it than others and for some it becomes a real passion. There are loads of reasons why girls start using make up. Maybe they use it to express themselves, they do it because their friends do it or they want to feel prettier. But how does it start? I still remember how my love for make up started like it was just yesterday and in today’s blog post I’m going to tell you my little story about make up and me.
I must have been 12, I think, and I was on a family vacation in Florence, Italy. I know I’m very lucky because my parents always put value on traveling and discovering different countries. When I’m talking traveling I don’t mean shopping and lounging around the pool or on the beach. We did some of that, of course, but we also did a lot of sightseeing, visiting churches and museums. My parents wanted us to really get a feeling of different cultures and countries. Family vacations were always my favorite time of the year because even though I was really young I loved going to museums and looking at pretty churches. They just had something so fascinating to me. Italy was one of those places that were so magical to me. I fell in love with the beautiful churches and couldn’t get enough of the art. Back then they were just pretty pictures to me because I was 12 after all but still they just amazed me. Another thing about Italy that amazed me were the women walking around in sky high heels, wearing the most fashionable clothes and they had the most stunning make up looks. I always wanted to be like that when I was young. Actually I couldn’t wait to grow and become one of those beautiful ladies but I guess most kids at that age do (if only they knew how much it sucks to grow up).
One day during our vacation we were in this department store and I spotted this make up set made for teenage girls. I begged my parents to buy it for me and tried everything including my sweetest puppy dog face, which usually always got me what I wanted. Even today it still works most of the time. Despite me trying absolutely everything, they told me I was too young and didn’t need any make up. Gosh, I was devastated.
Christmas that year I unwrapped my presents and guess what I found? Yes, you’re right! The make up set I’d been dying to get in Italy. My parents told me it was just to play around with and that I shouldn’t wear it to school. I was only 12 turning 13, so nowadays I would definitely agree with them. Back then I rebelled against that a bit of course. What else to expect from a little blonde 12 year old girl, right?
The weeks after Christmas I spent most of my time in the bathroom trying out all the different eyeshadows and blushes and lipcolors. I was in heaven. I still remember the first look I did because we still have a photo of that. Little me decided it was a good idea to use a bunch of different green (my fave color at that time) eyeshadows and mix that with a deep purple lip color. Yeah, as you can imagine I looked more like a mix between a drag queen and a clown rather than the glamorous lady I wanted to look like.
Eventually my make up skills got better and better because whenever I was bored I got out my little set and tried all different types of looks and I even took selfies of them. Oh yeah, pretty darn cool, huh? Since then a lot has changed but one thing that never changed was my love for the unique things. During me teenage years I always bought those make up items none of my friends would have ever bought. I owned glitter eyeliner in every shade possible (13), yellow lipgloss, and I even bought a Mac eyeliner in metallic blue and a Mac Lipgloss in blue (aged 14). When I bought that blue lipgloss all of my friends laughed at me and my grandma said I looked like a dead body because I was so pale and the lipgloss made me look like they had just pulled me out of the water but I didn’t care. I could tell you more stories like those but the list is endless and this post would get way too long.
Now my make up collections has grown immensely and my skills have definitely improved massively. But that’s how it all started during a family vacation in Italy. How did you get into make up? What’s your story?
Hope this wasn’t too much of a ramble!