That Belfast Girl Chats.... Me, Myself & Makeup

I can't remember the exact age I decided I needed to wear a full face of slap everyday. I think it was sometime in my mid-teens. I wish I still had Bebo to get back some of my old pictures. Me, with my big curly hair, wearing black liner (which I don't suit because of the shape of my eyes) and lots of foundation from about the age of 14 is what I imagine I'd find. I just love products.. it's been a life-long thing. A story I often recount is from my final year of primary school. We used to have PE on a Friday afternoon and after-school I'd gone to my best friend's house. As she lived close to our school, we went home in our PE shorts and t-shirts. We got to her house and her Granny and Grandpa were there. I was always quite an olive skinned child and "took a colour easily" and my BFF's Granny remarked on how tan my legs were to which I replied "Thanks, my mum puts fake tan on my legs for PE!!!". Yes folks, from aged 10, me with my waxed eyebrows and fake tanned legs may have been were it began. Most of my friends are very used to seeing me "made-up". I go through periods were I look more like a WAG or a 35 year old mum of 2 than a 21 year old girl. I don't have bad skin. I did for periods growing up (so for a while Estee Lauder Double Wear was my best friend. Don't do it to yourself girls) but my skin gets the odd spot now, but nothing major. Over the past 6 months I've been working on getting my skin into good condition and therefore have been going makeup free quite often. The reaction I've had has been so strange.... from people saying I look like a different person to people remarking how good my skin is. I do feel naked without makeup and I think that is wear BB cream has become a good friend but going totally makeup free can be scary but so freeing.
I thought I'd share some personal pictures with you... a sort of "makeup history" of my face. We all make makeup mistakes and it's good to look back and see where it began!
Age 15
This is a picture taken in my Uncle's house he used to have in Spain. I'm 15 here and I have no make-up on (apart from seemingly something on my lips!). I remember I cut my hair into a bob that summer with my BFF (a bit of "If you'll do it, I'll do it") so I wore it curly a lot. To me, my skin looks really good and my eyebrows look quite full naturally! I didn't really do much with my brows until I was about 18. Also, how cute is my little cousin? He is so little in this but turns 9 this summer!

Age 16
This photo (with my Granny before she let her hair go grey!!) was taken the following summer on a family holiday to Portugal. I really fell deeply in love with red lipstick between 15-16, so much so, that my lips would often be stained from wearing it so much! I don't have many pictures from age 16 but from this picture, my hair and skin look good!

Age 17
This was  me getting ready to go a friend's formal. I had just come back from the hairdressers and probably was taking a picture to see how my up-do looked! Again, the no make-up look seemed to be fine and not bother me. My skin doesn't look as good in this picture as it did in the one above- I'm sure a combination of stress and not being in the sun did it!

Aged 18
This was the summer after I had just finished school. I had got really into a) brows b) lashes c) spray tans and d) whitening my teeth....obviously all at once. I think this was my really heavy Kardashian phase hence the colour of me (I used to get DOUBLE DARK spray tans!) and the leopard print shirt. I still am into all of these things but not as obvious in this picture! I do however, like my hair here and I remember being really happy on this day and feeling thin! I hope my hair gets back into this shape soon!

Aged 19
I had just started university and for once, was feeling so settled in what I was doing. I loved my course. I had lightened my hair (which didn't stay for long!!!) but my skin looks lovely here and clearly I was still big on the lashes! My brows look thinner here than usual... must have had a bad wax!!! It think it's strange that I'm only 19 here, I feel like I look much older. I remember I was really into Clairns Tan at this time and I probably should go back to it. I think my lashes are some from China that my uni chum gave me. My lipstick is L'Oreal 235 Nude which is probably the only lipstick I've ever bought consistently when it runs out! I still love it.

Aged 20
This was taken during last summer when I went on holiday with my friends to Portugal. Clearly my brows had grown a lot and I don't have much makeup on (and I'm a bit oily and freckley because of the sun!) but I love this picture because it's quite natural. If I looked like this everyday I'd be very happy! I think I look better with a bit of a tan.

Now.. aged 21
I don't think I need a picture of aged 21 as if you are a reader of my blog, you know what I look like. I think I'm a combination of all of the above makeup scenarios. I love being tan. I love having no makeup on. I need a big brow but some days they just don't work out. I think I'm very much still finding out what I love and trying to be adventurous.
That is my makeup story and it's still on-going... hopefully I'll not look back at 35 and think I was crazy! Retrospect is a great thing.
G x