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My Makeup Story tag

When Paige tagged me to do this tag I was really interested in doing it. As I'm obsessed (obviously) with makeup. I just love everything about it. When I'm not wearing makeup no doubt I'm blogging or talking about it.
The questions in this tag really makes me think of how far my makeup 'journey' has come. Gone are the days of having an orange face with concealer lips (unless you are into that sort of look). That has now been replaced with the correct shade of foundation and the right nude lipstick.
The 14 year olds now never have to go through the orange face with the blue eyeshadow phrase.

How old were you when you first started wearing makeup?
I think I was 13? I started wearing makeup when I started secondary school (year 7). It wasn't a lot of makeup at all. Infact I only used Collection pressed powder in the shade '24 Misty Beige'.... Yes I can still remember that as I was really pale and that powder on me made me look orange. I used to apply it with a brush then with a towel 'pat' my face to make it less noticeable. Needless to say the towel turned orange. I used that powder as a powder foundation and it made me feel good wearing it.
When I was 13 I was very much a 'natural' makeup sort of girl. At that age I hated wearing mascara as I never liked the feeling of it on my eyes.
I also used to wear a pink lipstick on 'special occasions' such as parties. I think it was a 17 lipstick called 'Poncho Pink'

How did you get into makeup?
On special occasions my Mam used to apply a little amount of makeup on me e.g a light colour eyeshadow and pink lipstick. Then when I was about 13 I discovered there was a beauty community on YouTube. I can't remember how exactly I found it but then I did. Back then I literally only used to watch JuicyStar07 and lollipop26. I can remember been fascinated with all the makeup they used to show.
As my interest in makeup grew I looked more into YouTube to learn how to apply makeup etc.
That's how my makeup interest/addiction began.

What are some of your favourite brands?
This is such a hard question as I really like so many brands.
High street:
Essence - If you haven't tried any makeup from them I would highly recommend looking at the range they do. They are really affordable and the products are amazing. My 'stand out' products are the lip liners and eyeshadows.
Collection - One of the first makeup brands I ever used and I still continue to use the makeup. The products are really good, affordable and amazing pigmentation. My 'stand out' products lasting perfection concealer and lasting perfection foundation (reminds me of Estee Lauder double wear)
High end:
Estee Lauder - If I could only use one makeup brand for the rest of my life it would be them. I am a huge fan and always will be. Estee Lauder double wear foundation was my first ever high end purchase. Everything I have tried from Estee Lauder I have loved. My 'stand out' products double wear foundation and high cover concealer.
Urban Decay - They are one of the most affordable high end brands. They do a wide variety of different colour products. There is something for everyone to try. My 'stand out' products Naked Smokey and Vice lipsticks.

What does makeup mean to you?
Makeup makes me feel 'good' about myself and I enjoy everything about it.
I feel good applying makeup as I love the whole process of deciding what products to use and what look to create.
Makeup allows me to be creative and to express 'me' through my makeup. Whether I want to create a girly look, natural look or full on glam makeup.
Makeup makes me feel confident and 'ready to take on' day to day challenges/tasks.
Sounds stupid but does anything else have this effect? I think not.

If you could only wear 4 products on your face, what would they be?
Foundation - Estee Lauder double wear. It is my holy grail
Bronzer - Urban Decay beached bronzer as I could also use this as an eyeshadow aswell
Eyeliner - Maybelline 24 hour gel eye liner. I could also use this as mascara aswell if I 'combed' it through my lashes
Lipstick - Urban Decay Anarchy. This is one of my favourite lipstick shades to wear.

What is your favourite thing about makeup?
I really like how I can express who I am through my makeup. Its like an extension of who you are as a person.
 I also like how it makes me feel good about myself and how confident I feel when I wear it.

What do you think of Drugstore VS High end makeup?
High Street makeup is improving a lot over recent years the brands are seriously catching up with high end brands. Some high street makeup is better than or just as good as high end makeup.
High Street makeup I really like and a fan of as you can buy it without having a ' I can't believe I have just spent that amount on makeup' or 'can I justify buying this'.
High End makeup is a total luxurious purchase and it does make you feel better when you apply it (or is that just me) there is nothing better than pulling out your favourite high end lipstick on a night out etc. When it comes to high end makeup its worth doing plenty of research before you buy a product.

What is one tip you would give to a beginner?
Find the right shade of foundation. Don't buy a darker foundation because you want to look tanned. If you do want to look tanned then use a bronzer.
When finding the right foundation high end makeup counters such as Estee Lauder and Dior have a machine that 'detects' your skintone to find the right foundation shade for you.
In a 'drugstore' select 3 foundation shades that you think will suit you and swatch them on your chin next to each other. As your face should always match the colour of your neck/chest.
By swatching the shades on your chin it allows you to see what colour is the best shade for you and it's more accurate. If you swatch foundation on your hand you may end up with the wrong shade. As your hands tend to be a different shade from your face/neck.

What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Bubble eye liner. That was all over my newsfeed for ages. I never understood that trend at all. It's not something I would try as it's not my style nor would it suit my eye shape (I have hooded eyes)

What do you think of the beauty community on YouTube?
I am not a YouTuber so I can't really comment on that. But as a viewer I feel like the beauty community has an 'it' crowd where if you aren't in it you don't have the same opportunities etc as other people.

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