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When I first started, all I cared about was EYES. Just eyeshadow and not a stitch of makeup anywhere else! Then came lips, then came blush. Now, I am more focused on getting a good base (skin) than using makeup to cover, conceal, or enhance (though I still do those things to a degree!). I also have a great appreciation for bright, colorful looks as well as natural ones – that barely-there makeup can be gorgeous and interesting.

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My makeup has changed in so many ways. I used to use a lot of bright colors now I’m into smokey eyes and nudes, neutrals and shimmers. BUT I didn’t blend well a long time ago now I blend everything out perfectly. SO glad for tutorials on youtube and especially temptalia!

When I first started, it was all about heavy dark liner with cotton candy pink lips. Now, I am more balanced with my looks. I also try more colors.

High school: clueless cake face; College: simple-one shadow, mascara, blush, gloss; Post-YouTube: blend, blend, blend, multi-tonal shadow, the art of light and contour, a work in progress.

I loved bright colors on my eyes when I first started. Green, purple, yellow, orange. But now I go for more natural looks. I will sometimes still use color but not everyday anymore.

Also, I have never been into lips but I have just started getting into them lately.

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I used to loathe base make-up — It was SO hard to get one that matches my skintone and isn’t overly heavy or cakey, yet melts readily in heat and cracks in A/C environment. Nowadays, I still struggle a little at getting the right shade (weird undertone does that to you), but I’m much happier with current products.

Then of course there’s eyeshadow primer — It changed my life for the better. I still wish they’d invent an eyeshadow primer that could withstand tears, though!

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When I was younger (college to twenty-something) I stuck to soft colors and neutrals like glue out of fear that bolder colors would make me stand out too much! Now I experiment with any colors I like, it’s much freer. C:

I first began experimenting with makeup at age 12. Eyeliners and lipsticks mostly and by age 14 was wearing a full face of makeup but obviously had NO IDEA what I was doing… in my teenage years I discovered smoky eyes and urban decay so I went crazy with colors. Around 17 I learned how to do a cateye which I still do almost daily, 5 yrs later. These days I stick to more neutral colors, but once in a while I’ll do something a little more daring. Still typically wear a face full of makeup, though it’s much more tasteful now 🙂

So funny – I really began wearing makeup in the mid-80s and some of the Fall/Winter lip colors I wore then are now back in vogue again.

But all-in-all, the quality of the products has greatly improved so there are more items I can use now. I’ve very sensitive skin. Other than my eyes and T-zone, my skin is starting show signs of aging (drier texture). Nowadays, I have to make sure that I don’t use anything too powdery or products that make me look dried out (no lines yet but I guess I’m starting to look at product that don’t settle into lines just so that I won’t be shocked when I have to cross that bridge too).

I still wear eyeliner as my primary eye makeup and blush is still my favorite face product. Ironically, my lips used to chap like crazy when I first starting wearing makeup. They did for two decades – but now, they’re almost normal. I attribute that to the quality of lip products out there.

I’ve jumped around,when I was in my very early teens I made two of the bad makeup choices a lot of teens make: super dark eyeshadow (usually a bit creased, because I disn’t know primer was a thing), sparkly lipgloss and clumptastic mascara. I always tended to look older, and overly dramatic. Then I shifted to using only mascara and subtle lipstick in my late teens (I thought foundation was ‘lying’, but at least the overall look was generally tasteful). In my early twenties I discovered this site and I’ve been improving from there. I can now blend eyeshadow and I (usually) manage to look appropriately makeup (as opposed to wannabe goth). Blush and finishing powder have been the latest discoveries, so I still need to get application of those down pat, but I now feel a lot more comfortable in my makeup.

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I started to really wear makeup this past year experimenting with all kinds of looks but on a daily basis I just focus on moisturizer, lipbalm/lipstick, blush and eyebrows.

Mine is actually REALLY close to yours Temptalia!!

I only just started getting into makeup the beginning of last year. I was introduced to eye makeup and that was all i cared about. Eyeshadow (my first big purchase was Naked 2) and eyeliner. Anything with the eyes. I just got into lips and and concealer (looking for what works for me). I made recent purchases on blush and have been playing with that. I have yet to make the plunge into foundation. I keep putting it off for fear of my bank account!!!

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I’d sure hope so! I first started wearing makeup in my teens. I’ve now just entered my 60’s (how terrifying does THAT look in print?) so I’d hope it’s changed. Because I’m pale and have always had low blood-pressure, I’ve always had dark circles so I’ve worn concealer for most of my adult life. Now, though, I have some broken capillaries that annoy me (other people seem not to notice them when this comes up in conversation!) so I do like to have those covered. And I really love eye makeup. I used to just use a “neutralizing/brightening” product like MAC Painterly and then some liner but I really enjoy doing a bit more than that if I have the time. Eyes are usually my focus, but as I like my face to look “balanced”, I always have colour on my cheeks and lips.

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Hopefully, I suck less at applying makeup! More seriously, I’ve been into makeup for a bit less than two years, so it’s been more about getting better and learning techniques. I have used new products (e.g.: bronzer), and I also focus more on blush and lips than I did before, but I do like to have a routine.

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I’m old enough that I had to learn the hard way (pre internet and You Tube) no one I knew had even heard of Bobbie Brown let alone Kevyn Aucoin. I had to learn how to do everything by looking ac pictures and guessing how to reverse engineer.

What I wear has always been a function of my life, brighter and more complex at uni, Simpler and more neutrals at work, very paired down when I had to commute and currently I’m enjoying trying out new techniques. I’m really loving simple but polished looks, a great base with a single focus.

I use to choose very pink toned foundation thinking that I have very pink undertone. Actually I am quite neutral I just have a lot of redness. I also was really into lipgloss, the glossier the lips the better. Now I’m really more into pigmented slightly glossy lips. I also do not use as much bright eyeshadows as in my early year. I’m more into cream eye shadows not than powder. Faster and more flattering.

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I started wearing makeup at 17, and I was really into eyes then as well, loved eyeliner especially, though I was quite intimidated by eyeshadow. I only wore semi-sheer lipgloss, in shades of warm pinks, oranges, corals, and golds (I went through an entire tube of Instant Gold Lustreglass at one stage). I never wore lipstick because I felt clownish and like “lamb dressed as mutton”. I only wore one blush for years, MAC Springsheen.

Now, I love matte, bright lipsticks, and pared-back, neutral eyes, highlighters and glowy skin! I’ve developed a big appreciation for skincare too.

I’m still mostly in your phase 1! I love doing my eye makeup, but my skin is so much trouble that most of the time I don’t bother with foundation. Since I discovered Buxom lipglosses I’ve been applying lip products too lately.

In the beginning I truly just made some awful makeup mistakes, like wearing nothing but pink purple lip liner and nothing else on my lips (horrible) then I started using just lipstick but this ugly, deep bronze brown color, again horrible mistake. I used to wear only low end makeup, clear lipgloss that just lasted for maybe twenty minutes before having to be reapplied, bad lipstick color choices, bad concealer and mascara choices. Now I just buy high end makeup, and colors that flatter me, I´m still minimalistic in the sense that I just give focus to my lips, however I use a bit of eye makeup and try to make my look truly balanced.

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