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I was just about 18. I turned 18 shortly after starting college, and it was in my first year of college that I fell in love with makeup. I wish I had started earlier in one way, only because it would have meant I would have been better at applying makeup at 18 than I actually was… but I think that, frankly, my self-esteem was in such a rotten place from seventh grade and onward that it was better not to have it available as a crutch.

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Age 12. Eyeliner, mascara, lipgloss, concealer, and eyeshadow. Stopped when I was like 14, and then started again at age 15. Full face. (I’m 17 now)

I’m not going to lie: at times I wish I could go back to being nineteen, twenty-ish when I didn’t really wear makeup and I didn’t know any better. But now that I actually have eyebrows? I might forget to put a bra on before I leave the house, but I’ll die before I take one step outside w/out applying my brow powder =p

I can’t remember how old I was when I started wearing it, but it was my mask against the world. I had such horrendous acne and tried to cover it with drugstore foundations (pretty bad back in the 80’s) and I am sure I fooled no one at the time. Now I LOVE makeup and have a lot of wonderful products but aging skin! I guess the one thing I regret was never getting the chance to “enjoy” makeup on fresh young skin….I love that there are so many treatments for acne now that teens don’t have to suffer because it has affected my self esteem in so many ways.
Anyway, my point is I started wearing it young but I started LOVING it in my 40’s, which is a much better way to do it. Here’s to all of us who love makeup and use it to enhance our natural beauty, which truly does come from within!!

I started wearing makeup when I was 14. At that time I used eyeliner and mascara and I have to admit that my eyeliner always looked awful and crooked. So I searched for tutorials on the internet and found EbruZa on Youtube. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I’m really into makeup, I use an eyeshadow primer, eyeshadows, brow powder, foundation, powder, eyeliner, blush, mascara and lipstick nearly every day. It makes me feel pretty even if I have bad skin. Makeup is such a beautiful thing. <3

Again? Each time I answer this question, the answer is never going to be the same. About 12-13. When I bought Bonnie Bell lipgloss…does that count? Or when I bought full blown Clinique items…age 14.

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I started at age 14 and I used eyeliner, mascara, foundation and contour powder. I stopped at 18 ’cause foundations were not “no transfer” as today! When I was young there were no primers and good fixing powders! I recently appreciated again the makeup, but the eyeliner application it’s more difficult than before, ’cause my eye contour is not the same…now I’m 37.

Started when I was 12-13, just concealer and lipgloss. At 14 I wore A LOT of makeup, so did everyone else (in Jr high) but it was poorly applied and the colour choices were not for me – this was the 90’s, everyone wore the bricky-red-brown lip shades without factoring in their own colouring. When I was about 16-17 I learned how to do a “proper” makeup with shades that flatter and technique that works. I’m glad I started early but wish I had someone to teach me more about skincare, the only thing my mum taught me was to wear sunscreen daily (thanks mum!).

I started when I was 12, clear or pink lip gloss, medium muted pink lipstick, tinted lip balm, perfume and concealer, rarely some soft blush but almost never. I started with mascara too but had a huge trauma with a DS mascara that ended up as painful rock hard balls of mascara inside of my eyes which prompted me to stop using mascara overall. I started again using mascara at 17 with Estee Lauders Turbolash and have had no problems since, Iยดm just trying to get used to eyeliner now at 23 ๐Ÿ˜€ .

I started asking my mom for Lip Smackers (not really makeup I guess, but a GATEWAY!) and other similar products at eight because all the cool girls at my school were using them. I began getting acne and shiny skin at ten(!), and that’s when I started wanting to wear “proper” makeup, but it was not until ninth grade when I finally felt brave enough to ask my mom to let me get concealer, which, with the gradual accumulation of my acne scars, culminated into a full face of base products, blush (I eventually learned that all that foundation and concealer was covering up the natural flush of my cheeks), and lipgloss by the age of seventeen. (On the other hand the realm of eye makeup has never sparked much interest in me, and if I try putting on some beyond a bit of mascara and barely-there eyeliner I feel like a completely different person.)

I started pretty young with the lip products, and I feel that I started too soon for the foundation, but that was/is my daily way of preparing to face the world.

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Oh my gosh, I was so young! My parents let me buy lipstick and those cheap colorful eyeshadow palettes starting around eight, however I wasn’t allowed to wear it to school. At 12 I started wearing eyeliner, lipgloss, and mascara to school. At 14 i took my first trip to MAC and Bare Essentials. By 15 I was wearing a full face. I’m almost 22 now and I’ve never looked back!

Most people would probably say I started way too young, but I don’t regret it. It made me happy and I loved having all my friends come to me for advice.

I wanted to wear makeup when I was 14 but my mom never allowed me ….she told me to try different hairstyles to look fashionable. I was 19 when I actually started using makeup (lipstick, mascara etc etc) and fell in love with it …Its 3 years now

I had some really basic pieces when I was in university, but I never got into makeup till I was 25! I sometimes wish I had started earlier as well, but then again I wouldn’t be who I am if I did. I grew up pretty plain, but I think that’s why I ended up being easygoing and kind (I don’t mean girls who grew up pretty can’t be easygoing and kind. I’m just saying if I had grown up pretty I might not be!).

When I was 12 I had bright baby blue eyeshadow that I wore on special occasions. In high school I gradually added in eyeliner and mascara and more neutral eyeshadows, and pressed powder to try (in vain) to keep my oily skin under control. Liquid foundation is something I didn’t touch until I was in my 20’s, even though I had horrendous acne in school…I didn’t want to compound that problem by clogging my pores with makeup, although I doubt the Cover Girl pressed powder I used wasn’t doing me any favours!

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I played around and wore it indoors in elementary school, but wasn’t allowed to wear it in public until I was eleven. Never looked back.

At 26, and just because I moved to a new office where all the girls whore full make up… now I love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Age 12 or 13, just green eyeliner (my mother thought black was too much and wouldn’t let me). I was around 14 when I started to wear concealer, blush and mascara, and 15 when I got introduced to cheap foundations to cover my acne. But I became really interested in make up just a year ago (17ish) ๐Ÿ™‚

When I turned 16 my mom got me gorgeous makeup set by Pupa. It was made in form of big red pyramid and you could open and close floors of pyramid pretty much like drawers. It had absolutely everything from foundation to mascara. It even included perfumes. If you know Pupa is especially good at this type of kits. Unfortunately my mom didn’t provide any training on how to use it so I don’t think I was able to make most of it at that time. Indeed, I didn’t learn proper makeup application until my early thirties.

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