Wednesday, 8 February 2012

What's your makeup story?

L-R Daria Werbowy, Arlenis Sosa, and Elettra Wierdermann

I know that many of you out there love makeup as much as I do and I was wondering when your love started? My first foray into makeup was waaaaay back in Primary (Elementary) school when I would play around with my mum's Fashion Fair compact. I never left the house with makeup on of course and I don't even think that my mum noticed.

I began to wear eyeliner religiously when I was about 14 and got into foundation around 16 or so. Strangely enough I didn't start to wear mascara until I was in university because I thought mascara was just to make your eyelashes black and hey, my eyelashes are pretty black! Lipstick was also a no-no until my early twenties because I was convinced that it didn't suit me. Vaseline was my friend until I discovered "London Life" by MAC. I also discovered the huge difference that lipliner can make to the look of a lipstick and I've been hooked ever since. I've slowly incorporated blush (I didn't think it was made for black women) and everything else into my makeup cache.

Whenever, I see extremely young girls with tons of makeup on I get uncomfortable but then I remember that they're just experimenting too. I think it takes a while to know what suits/ doesn't suit your face so I'll allow them. I don't know if I'd be happy to have my future daughter looking like Ronald MacDonald in her early teens though (hypocritical much?) but I hope I'll be able to steer her away from the pancake look.

I think things are very different nowadays and with the huge exposure of available makeup for all skin tones and the large increase in YouTube beauty "gurus", girls seem to be more clued up on makeup from a younger age.

When did you start wearing makeup? When do you think it's appropriate for girls to start experimenting with makeup? Let me know in the comments!

Love, life and curious beginnings 

Nana Adomah x

(My friends are sick to death of my small obsession with Arlenis Sosa so I thought I'd sneak her into the banner for this post. Hehe)


  1. Glad to see one of us is still blogging. Getting back on it soon. I used to cake my face with mum's Fashion Fair face powder, until it finished and I couldn't afford it!

    But my essentials are liquid eyeliner, mascara, blush. Lipstick never sticks, so I stick to Blistex.

  2. I started wearing makeup when I was about 15 - have been addicted to the stuff ever since xx
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  3. I start wearing make-up at the age of 13 years ! I love make-up ! great post !
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  4. I didn't start wearing make up properly until I was probably about 17 and even then it was mostly just eye make up for nights out. All my friends/family are white so I saw make up like tanning, I already had a 'tan' and clear skin so didn't really see the point & as there was little drug store make up that catered to black skin I didn't have any options. It wasn't until I was 16 or so & started watching beauty gurus on Youtube & was introduced to MAC that I started getting into make up.

    Little girls experimenting with make up doesn't bother me if it's for fun or for events but I don't think they should be wearing it day to day. If I had a daughter, aside from tinted moisturiser/mascara/concealer I would try to discourage the overuse of make up whilst still at school.

  5. Off and on since I was a teenager but it was only ever lipstick. All my friends wore the eyeliner and all that and putting things near my eye scared me! I'm in my late 20s now and getting into a bit of eyeshadow and made my first make up purchase ever. Trying to dress it up a bit, you know?

  6. Tbh I didn't start wearing make up properly until I was about 19/20. I just didn't know what I was doing before then. I used to be too scared to wear lipstick but now I love it. I want rebel mac now thanks to you lol


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