Thank you Amanda for the comment, the same thing happens to me. My image of my 18 year old self is ruined by unexpected mirror glancing or photos. Then it gets, "Who's the old bint?".
Another post of limited husbandy interest. London Beauty Queen posted two entries talking about things about make up and skincare she'd wished she'd known when she was 20.
Excellent idea, here are the things that I wish my 18 year old aubergine eye shadow buying self-had known:
- Always wear sunblock. Helps protect against cancer and sun damage.
- Look after your skin. Cleanse, tone, moisturise, maybe use a serum and an eye cream morning and night. Don't go to sleep with your make-up on. Maybe bung on a primer before putting on make-up as well. It’s unlikely any of us will be the youthful looking eighty year old who only used soap and water. Get lots of sleep and eat well.
- Don't believe the hype. There will always be must have beauty products. Some will work for you and others won't. If you think they'll work for you, you can afford them and they don't duplicate what you've already got, then go for it. If not, then don't worry, there will be another must have product along in a minute.
- Expensive isn't always best. Whilst the Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight & Sculpting Powder Duo is finely milled, blends nicely, stays all day and comes in a beautiful case, it's £19. The Sleek Makeup Contour Kit costs £6.49, lasts forever and does the same thing. Not quite as foxy looking, but does the same job with money left.
- You've only got one face and only two of your four cheeks need blusher. There's only so much stuff you need and can use up before it goes off.
- Make up is meant to enhance your features, it's not a mask. Go easy!
- Brushes. The right brushes make application easier and the finished look better. Clean them regularly.
Have fun! You're only be 20 something once and you can only get way with wearing that for so long. Don't wish it away, just go for it!