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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:05:43 PM
We were going through our old yearbooks and scanning in pictures this weekend, and I was so amazed at how much makeup I used to wear back in the day. My junior year (1989) I can honestly say that I looked like a clown. Heavy foundation, big stripes of blush on my cheeks, heavy eyeliner and mascara (think raccoon!) and the brightest pinkest lipstick I think that was ever made. Ick. And don't get me started on hairspray usage...

I barely wear any makeup these days, I think I used up my lifetime allottment back in highschool.
Anyone else got any beauty blunders?


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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:08:07 PM
Uck!! I wore way too much make-up in the 80's that was when I was in my 20's.

ETA: Thankfully we don't have many pictures of me during that time, that was before digital cameras.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:09:36 PM
NOW! I'm all about the cover up for dark circles and redness.

There was a brief junior high period of lavender eye shadow...

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:05:33 PM

In my youth, I was an active outdoors type and make-up was more a PITA. At most, I would wear sunscreen and blush.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:07:56 PM
Now - I'm older and need the coverage, I wore none or very little until I was 40ish


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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:54:20 PM
I'm 50, and I have never worn makeup. I was cursed with my mother's hips and thighs, but I was blessed with her clear skin, perfect teeth, and thick hair that is slow to gray!

I'm not sure I would trade the three blessings for the two curses.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:58:23 PM
I probably wear the most now. But (I hope) it looks better, since I can afford the more expensive brands and have learned to apply it better.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:04:00 PM
When I was the age that my daughter is now (15yo) !!!

I used to wear foundation, blusher, pink and purple eye shadow, mascara, blue or black eye liner (yes it was the 80s!).

These days I wear foundation and mascara only.

DD isn't allowed to wear makeup to school thank goodness. I'm so glad she doesn't look like I did at that age.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:19:21 PM
Between about 17 and 20 - in my goth phase. White face, heavy black eye-make up and red or purple or black lipstick. So easy, I could put it on walking down the road (and frequently did!). But I got fed up with it, and since then I rarely wear any make-up at all.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:21:14 PM
Now. I have acne scars and sun spots and dark circles that need covering. And when I don't wear eye makeup, people ask me if I'm sick. I think I'm pretty good at applying it, though, so it doesn't look like a lot.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:27:05 PM
Eeek! Probably around 15-16 years old, when I looked like this:

(not really me, thankfully that was before digital cameras too!)

Now my routine is tinted moisturizer and mascara, lipstain if I'm going out. It's much easier than white powder and corsets!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:28:43 PM
Probably when I was 16, 17. About the only time in my life I wore foundation. Later for work I wore eye shadow and mascara. Now I wear a bit of make up on Sundays when I go to church but that's it, or if we go out in an evening.
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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:37:42 PM
I would probably say 16. I decided to try eye shadow but had no idea how to blend it or anything (frosted blue--ouch. It didn't work for my 7th grade teacher so I don't know why I thought it would work for me.)
I am wearing a little more makeup recently. I usually wear a little liner, brow pencil and tinted gloss. I have started adding under eye concealer for dark circles. They became way more prominent when I turned 43.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:39:23 PM
I probably wear the most makeup now. I have never been heavy handed with my makeup but I wear more products now than ever before. I have recently gotten back into makeup and enjoying wearing it and trying out new things.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:49:41 PM
I wore most at age 14 and 15 in the 80s when I wore every colour eye shadow under the sun, matched to whatever I was wearing. I never wore foundation, but it was all about the eyes. Then for the past almost thirty years I usually just wore a bit of eyeliner, face powder over my nose and a bit of blusher. In the last couple of years I now wear more makeup than I ever have but it is a lot more natural. As I have got older, my sikn has got a wee bit blotchier so I wear a very light foundation over the nose and cheeks, a bit of blusher and I have only very recently started using mascara. My DH got me the Naked 2 palette for Christmas so I'm going to wear more eye make up now. My hair has a big grey streak in it, and I feel I need to put a little work in to my face to lift the colour and stop me looking dull.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:40:53 PM
I was a teen in the late 60's early 70's so all I wore then was lipgloss. I've never been a heavy makeup user but I'd have to say I wear more now in my late 50's because I wear it daily now.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:09:40 PM
Late 20s to early 30s.
I didn't even start wearing make up until my last year of high school.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:11:49 PM
Junior high school. I wore colored eye shadows and mascara. Hideous, but so was my hair...we called it a "bi-level" but it was really a mullet. Anyway, I digress.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:24:43 PM
My first two years of college...holy eyeliner!!!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:38:39 PM
I wore a lot of makeup in the '80's when I was a teenager. Then I went through a Lola Granola phase in my 20's and rarely wore anything but powder and lip balm. Then I entered my 30's and had a decent job with money to blow and re-discovered makeup in a BIG way. Now that I'm in my 40's I wear about as much as I did in my 30's but stick to mostly neutral and muted colors so it doesn't look like I have much on.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:43:20 PM

I never used to wear I need to

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:45:57 PM
Probably now, but I just wear a little powder and some lip stuff. I suck at applying makeup. Always have.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:45:56 PM
My early to mid twenties ... so about 1989 ... think teal eyliner and go from there

I wear more of a foundation now but the other colours are definitely muted


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:06:14 PM
My JR high years (grades 6-8).

That was when I started wearing makeup. My mom wasn't very good at it herself, somi didn't have anyone to teach me how.

My foundation was always orange, caked, flakey, and mottled by lunchtime. I was so embarrassed, but I didn't know how to fix it. Part of the problem was that we had to take PE ( ) in the middle of the day and only had 5 minutes to get dressed for our next class. That was the absolute worst torture ever! I still have nightmares about it. There was no way to fix your makeup after sweating.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:14:43 PM
Early 20s for me. I wouldn't have dared to leave the house without a full face of makeup - even if it was just to run to the grocery store or something like that. I would have been embarrassed to have been caught at home w/o my makeup "done".

After my kids came along, I didn't have as much time for my own grooming, so I streamlined my makeup.

Now, in my 40s, I "do" my makeup for work, or if I'm going out for the day or evening. If I'm just running a few errands or staying home, I'll either do minimal make up (tinted moisturizer/bb cream, powder, mascara, lip balm) or no make up at all.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:14:43 PM
I'm sure 15-17. It was the 80's. Can you say colored mascara and thick black eyeliner?


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:17:50 PM
In the 80's when I was late teens/20's. I remember the powder blue eye shadow phase

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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:57:22 PM

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:14:58 PM
Definitely in the '80's, probably from the age of 15 to 25. I still like wearing makeup but it's toned down a lot these days.



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Posted: 12/29/2012 1:22:21 AM
ugh probably high school too, like most of you! I think I felt more insecure about my looks back then and thought wearing makeup was a way to get male attention.

I stopped caring about that in college. I don't feel an obligation or feel pressured to go through the "putting on a face" routine anymore.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 1:34:52 AM
I hardly wore make up in my teens and 20s because I was too busy with life. When my autistic kids were born I didn't have time for me as a whole. Now that they are adults I have really started to enjoy makeup.
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