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I want to say it was a drugstore brand (L’Oreal, maybe?), but I can’t remember exactly. The first high-end brand I used was Estee Lauder.

I am sure my very first encounter with makeup was some sort of now discontinued drugstore brand but my the one I can actually remember is Stila! Thank goodness for their easy to use colors =D

Bonne Bell from the drugstore and grocery store was the cheapest thing I could find, so I bought a few lip pencils and lip glosses from them. My first big department store brand was MAC.

Definitely a drugstore brand when I was a pre-teen; Maybelline, Cover Girl, etc. The first high-end brand was MAC.

Clinique was mine…I had supremely sensitive skin growing up and was too nervous to try anything other than Clinique. My skin has calmed a bit now and I have branched out, but I always know that I can fall back on Clinique when push comes to shove.

I used drugstore/dollar store brands for years, but I think the first “real” (for want of a better word) brand I used was Make Up For Ever.

Mines was a L’oreal mascara iirc, the first mid end brand was Mac, I think the gel liner, and the first high end was from Dior, an addict lippie in the most gorgeous red!

CoverGirl! My first foundation was CoverGirl Clean makeup and the powder and the blush too! I still remember that distinct medicine-like scent their products had/have! 🙂

Cover Girl! Since then, I’ve broadened my horizons to many other brands, but I still remain loyal to CG face powders. Know why? Not only is it because of nostalgia, but I still love how they smell, like Noxzema.

I pretty much used Clinique exclusively from thirteen until sixteen, then I branched out into drugstore cosmetics…and I didn’t really go any further than that until I was about 20 (and finally discovered Sephora) 😀

My mom used to be a makeup artist for Lancome so we always had that brand in the house. I’d mess around with it when I was little and my mom would use their products on me for Halloween. But I truly started with MAC whenever I decided for myself to start wearing makeup. I bought my first foundation there!

Revlon eyeshadow quad.. Great lash mascara.. And dollar store liquid liner that was truly terrible!! First high end brand was urban decay in high school! Then I became obsessed.

My first brands were Benefit and Lancome. February 2011, I applied for a Macy’s credit card and the lady at the cosmetic counter gave me a bag of samples for doing so. It contained Benefit High Beam, Lancome Juicy tubes in three shades, Lancome Mascara and a bunch of wrinkle creams that I eventually gave to my mom. So those were the first products I used. Ever since it started the most expensive love affair I have ever had.

bonnie bell, then cover girl what not, but clinique for department store ….tons of clinique…back then there were no fun makeup brands like today for a teenager….no urban decay, benefit..(but did buy benefit’s prior- Face Place in SF), MUFE, not even MAC until the late 80’s in California…and I thought Lancome, Dior, Estee Lauder and the likes were for old people esp. when one is in high school.

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