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Michelle Avatar

Fortunately I didn’t overpluck my brows, especially since I now have hypothyroidism. Even though I take meds, what’s lost doesn’t grow back. I definitely have patchiness and far-edge thinning. So brow pencil is a must.

kjh Avatar

Docs have always asked if I had a thyroid condition, but tests were negative. Once an SA said ‘to where your eyebrow would be if you hadn’t plucked it.’ Never did. Now I have seborrheic dermatitis in the left one. My solution is long bangs and glasses. At least they’re blond, so the lack is not glaring.

Lizzie Avatar

If you haven’t already, ask your doctor about OTC brow serums. I used Rapidlash and it worked great, I have to trim my brows now. I have used Neuelash on my lashes and it worked well too.

Emma Avatar

The importance of skin undertone. I’m very fair and so historically, i’d always end up with the lightest shade of foundation which 9/10 had a pink undertone – all wrong for my yellow undertone and always made my face look almost alien compared to my body.

Nowadays i know it’s okay for me to go darker, but to the better undertone as i can always just lighten it with a little mixer.
I am also much more aware of my eye shape which has helped massively with product placement!

Janice Avatar

Oh, quite a few! The wrong colored foundations for my skin! Too light, too pink. People used to ask me if I was sick with fever. Just because I’m blonde, blue eyes does not mean I’m fair. Too many makeup artists used to sell me the wrong colors. At the time, I didn’t know. I’m an NC 30-, more 35 in Mac! Warm, neutral undertone. Also, blue eyeshadow did not do anything for me, at all. That’s all I knew way back. Plus, the blending. No good at it then. Wrong tools, etc. Now, I’m a pro! Lol

Ana Maria Avatar

I wish my younger self would know less is more, especially when it comes to foundation. I can’t believe how fast I use to go through foundation, while nowadays a bottle lasts me at least 6-8 months of almost daily use. And I still get the coverage I need.

DVa Avatar

Definitely eyebrows. Luckily I have a great cosmetic tattoo artist nearby who has done such a good job that I get compliments on my brows all the time.

Other than that, I would say I wished a bit earlier I’d learned to really step back and take a look at the full picture; just because one part of the painting looks good up close doesn’t mean the whole canvas works… and how I look in natural lighting vs. bathroom lighting.

Ana Maria Avatar

Blend, blend, blend!
I use to slap makeup on my face and call it a day. Results were off course not the best. 😅
Nowadays I spend more time in applying all the products. And it’s not just eyeshadow. It’s blending foundation on the neck and down the neck, hairline and ears, so I don’t have obvious lines of demarcation. It’s blending blush or bronzer to get a natural look, not a doll like round spot on my cheeks (although for others this might be and actual look).

Nancy T Avatar

You and me both, Christine! At least you learned after your first stretch. I made the same stupid mistake in the 70’s and again in the 90’s! My brows did grow back after each, but after bthe 2nd go round they never became as full and healthy looking.

Another one is learning to tightline my upper lashline before curling my lashes or applying mascara. Makes my sparse, straight lashes curl better and appear thicker, too.

Zizzie Avatar

Use the right brush, it is worth spending money on brushes.
Less is more. More usually makes me look older or ridiculous.
Layer colors on the eye.
Fake eyelashes usually look fake and stupid.

Jo Avatar

Oh my goodness, I agree on the eyebrows! When I was in the 8th grade, my mom started plucking my eyebrows for me, and I had never done it myself, and I didn’t really watch her do it. But then I got a light up magnifying mirror… (you know where this is going!). Let’s just say, I thought I did an amazing job on my eyebrows until I looked in the regular mirror. I had bangs, but there was no hiding the fact that my eyebrows were essentially missing. The next day at school there was one boy who kept telling me I needed eyebrow transplants.
They grew back, thank goodness, but even if I never got that crazy on them again, I definitely overplucked them until I was 20.

Sonia Avatar

I would love to hear which eyelook is this please? Sorry that I’m not on topic, but your eye look is just stunning! Thank you.

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