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Brown toned lipstick. It took me a decade to figure out I just can’t wear it with my peachy pink complexion. Now I just admire it and keep moving. And lip liner several shades darker than my lipstick. Yikes.

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Too light a foundation shade and blusher with a heavy hand. I still shudder whenever I look at pictures of myself during a particular wedding party with that makeup on.

I used to use a korean bb cream that at the time seemed to suit my skin tone. Looking back now it was a million miles away from ok. I looked legit grey in that bb cream. I can helped but to wonder what was going on in my head all those days.

Dark brown lip liner. Shimmery and/or might as well be orange powder to contour with. Those are the only 2 “oh heck no’s” that I can think of that I used to use that now has me wondering WTH was I thinking??

Basically, any attempt to use powder eyeshadow before I started using eyeshadow primer! My eyes are deep set enough that everything powder creases without some sort of extra creamier product to bind it there.

I gave up and used cream shadows exclusively for awhile. That wasn’t a horrible mistake or anything, but it limited what I could do for looks!

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When I was 16 I had a nude lipstick that pretty much was the colour of concealer. It looked awful but I wore it because it was trendy. WHAT WAS I THINKING lol

I used to use black eyeliner on my lower water line, which works for some people but just made my eyes look really small and raccoon-ish. Also really surprised it took me so long to start using moisturizer.

Don’t feel bad, Shea. :). I see more and more make-up “professionals” –artists, magazine stylists, etc.–encouraging people to do this, and it just amazes me. I’ve never seen anyone whose eyes DON’T look smaller with the waterline “done”; plus, there’s ALWAYS a risk of infection. Makeup pros should really know better, IMO.

Actually, I don’t find that it makes my eyes look smaller. In fact, I’ve found that I look a lot better with my lower lashline (which, due to the shape of my eyes, looks like my waterline) lined, because if I didn’t, my eyes wouldn’t stand out—they visually blend into the rest of my face.

When I was a kid and a newbie to makeup, I used to take a black Maybelline eye pencil (the kind you sharpen), heat the tip with a lighter — I never smoked but I would carry a lighter for this purpose — and line my waterline with it. I shudder to think what I was putting right up against my eyeball.

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My grandma and my mom still do that:) I used to do it too until I realized that pencil eyeliners are not as hard as they used to be and there’s no need to heat it up. I actually have a tiny dent-like thing on my lower waterline(!) and it is probably from doing that.

NARS Orgasm. It’s a beautiful color, it just doesn’t suit my complexion. It shows up sort of orange on me.

A long time ago I used to use a cream eyeshadow from Revlon that creased terribly on me, yet I persisted in using it.

My boyfriend finds it weird that I wear sunscreen daily. I’m 28, and I wish I would have started years ago. I don’t have any strange make up regrets. There are a couple photos where I am stark white thanks to flashback. I wish I could go back to those days and wear SPF free foundation, lol.

Yep, I wish I had been more serious about SS years ago. It took me ages to apply moisturizer regularly, now I’m obsessed with sunscreen.

Christine does it count if there is SPF in my daily moisturiser? I have always wondered about that or do I need to be wearing a separate sun screen? Even though I know about the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays (having grown up in India I really do know) I hate the oily sticky feeling of sunscreens and the white streaks they can leave on your face even so as much a single drop of rain or sweat hits it!

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Hi!

It really depends on a few things…

1.) What active ingredients are used (so whether it covers both UVA/UVB)
2.) What the SPF rating
3.) How much you’re applying

Dermatologist guidelines recommend using at least 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) for your face and another 1/4 teaspoon for your neck. Do you use 1/4 teaspoon of makeup on your face? No? Then you’re not using enough sunscreen. Sunscreen in primers and makeup certainly help, but unless you’re slathering them on, they don’t begin to provide adequate protection. And while you’re applying the corrct amount of a dedicated sunscreen, don’t forget the top of your shoulders, back of your neck, and your chest if they 43 going to be exposed. Older women will be quick to tell you they wish they had been more vigilant about applying sunscreen on their chests. As for an oily feel or white residue, there are many sunscreens on the market that employ dry touch technology or which are mattifying. Most chemical screening agents and transparent zinc oxide and transparent titanium dioxide won’t turn white when wet.

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Before I started really getting into MAC eyeshadows I used to use this shimmery Covergirl taupe color from the “Cafe Au Lait” trio as a transition color. I would blend anything with that color… It doesn’t sound as tragic as it looked in some pictures — too much shimmer is never good! I don’t think I really regret it… you live and you learn. I’m glad I never jumped on the brown lip liner bandwagon though! 🙂

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I don’t use primer usually, sorry! But I can’t see a situation where I’d put primer on before sunscreen, since it should be on the skin directly!

Apply sunscreen first and let it set a few minutes. Lightly pat your primer over your face and do your makeup as usual.

I used to wear cheap eyeshadow without primer. When I discovered Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer I didn’t understand how I had survived without it lol 😛 Also, it took me way too long to start using a moisturizer regularly

In high school i had a bright teal eyeshadow that I was in love with and wore often. Now you couldn’t pay me enough money to wear that! Not my style now!

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I used to pay a lot of money for Estee Lauder’s Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator skincare in the light green bottle. I went through three before I realized I was wasting my money. I don’t know if that stuff works for other people, but I felt like I got scammed. I’ve found that the only thing in skincare that really works is preventive care-moisturize, spf,spf,spf, and eye cream. As for the other stuff, I strongly feel like it is just a huge corporate scam on women.

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