Monday, January 16th, 2012

By Makeup Morsels, Teen Contributor

Makeup Morsels is a pseudonym, and if that seems a little bulky, just call her MM! She resides in California and on her last year of high school. She has black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin (think NC15), and often has people tell her she looks like a corpse! She’s guilty of having a slight obsession for both sunscreen and lipstick (both of which she says she needs to stop hoarding). You’ll typically find her stalking drugstore aisles for bargains or lurking around high-end makeup counters to window shop. MM also enjoys cooking (and eating), food photography, reading, and exploring the world of makeup. Check out her blog, Makeup Morsels!

Changing My High School (Beauty) Life for the Better

Over the past few years, I’ve tried a lot of different things with my makeup and beauty routine. From maximizing my limited morning time to making up the game of “pet the brush because I don’t have a dog” (only kidding!), I’ve come across several tips and tricks that I still use today. I spent a lot of high school figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t, so today I bring you three tidbits of wisdom that changed my high school beauty life.

Nail polish. By the time junior year of high school rolled around, manicures were my go-to activity in times of stress. Neatly painting polish required that I hold the brush still. Holding the brush still required that I take a deep breath, calm down, and remind myself that the world was not going to end if I couldn’t figure out a Calculus problem. In fact, after a quick 10 minute polish session, I would return to my homework and sometimes experience a moment of epiphany. A useful tip: quick drying top coats such as Out The Door ( 4.99) speed up the process tremendously.  Just to clarify, I’m not implying that painting your nails is going to deliver epiphanies or get you straight As (that would be nice, wouldn’t it?)!  What it will do is give you a breather before you go back to tackling those math problems and hopefully cheer you up.

Skincare. These days, my makeup of choice is often no makeup at all (give or take a couple of exceptions, see below for more details). The reason I feel comfortable walking out the door with nothing but sunscreen and moisturizer on is that I simply don’t need foundation. While I’m no skincare guru and can’t give you the magical recipe for good skin, what I do suggest is that you think about your specific skin type (is it oily, dry, sensitive, combination?) and read up on skincare bloggers with similar skin issues. Removing your makeup every night is always a good bet, as is wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep (I’m still working on that last one).

Under Eye Concealer. Quite honestly, I don’t think I could have gotten through the past three-and-a-half years without this stuff. On days when I’ve accumulated enough sleep debt to look like a panda that’s been walloped in the eyes, a dab of concealer does wonders. I instantly look 10 times more well-rested (when in fact, I am about to fall out of my chair), and friends no longer ask me if I’m okay because I look”disheveled and kind of like a corpse.”  Because my dark circles tend to have a purplish cast, I like to use salmon-toned concealers to neutralize the shadows, concentrating the product on the inner corners of my under eyes. My holy grail dark circle concealer is from Skin Food ($12.99), which does the trick without appearing overly orange on my pale skin.

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16 thoughts on “Changing My High School (Beauty) Life for the Better

  1. Marina

    I’m 14, and I agree with you so very much. This article is my reality. My sister who’s a junior and I have all sorts of skin care items lined in the bathrooms. It keeps us a little more sane on disgusting second (or third!) days. Nail polish is my best friend; opening a little manicure business was a good thing for me. I get a little closer to the social circle that actually working has pushed me far away from, and I get to be alert and sane at the same time. And I can’t get you started on my under eye circles… Let’s just say that the one day I went to school with none on, my best friend commented on the bags on my face like they were Gucci and Prada!

    • It’s great to hear that you’ve opened a manicure business at 14! And I’m in the same boat as you, my friends never fail to comment on my dark circles when I go without concealer. I guess they’re pretty noticeable hahah

  2. Elaine R

    Oh I totally agree with you about the Nail Polish! taking a nailpolish study break saved my sanity during my undergrad. Taking 10 mins out of your day to relax and feel pretty (even when you’ve spent the day in sweatpants and uggs) makes all the difference

  3. Bianca

    What nail polish is that?

    • It’s China Glaze 5 Golden Rings. I hesitated to include the name because while it’s one of my favorites, it’s from a past holiday set and slightly difficult to find nowadays. Luckily there are plenty of other pretty golden glitters out there!

  4. i sooo agree with the nail polish stress bursting formula…i often do that in my stress times…

  5. I don’t think these tips are specifically for teenage beauty. They’re actually pretty universal! Thanks for sharing MM!

  6. I’m in college but totally agree on the manicure tip!! It is a great way to destress and relax. Now that you mention it it’s time for me to redo my nails! But first I need to finish this paper!!

  7. Great tips, MM! They all still apply to me today, a decade and a half after high school ended. ;o

  8. Check out those pretty lips! 😉

    Nice job, Makeup Morsels!!