I’ve always worn makeup. It was something that naturally happened in my life because my mom always wore makeup. I still remember my first makeup brush set that I got for Christmas in middle school. And if I’m being honest, I still use a few 🙈🙊
But when 9th grade me started wearing makeup, I never could have guessed it would become a passion and hobby of mine.
After graduating high school, I went through a phase where I wore significantly less makeup. Between working split shifts and going to college during the day, I just needed to simplify my morning routine. I wore only foundation, brows, and mascara. It suited me for the time.
Shortly after getting married, I started experimenting with makeup again. Different formulas, exciting colors, new techniques. It was the beginning of my passion and hobby.
I immediately started growing my collection by placing a large ELF order. And then another one. I was buying more and more foundations, mixing them to get the perfect coverage and finish. I bought a Sonia Kashuk brush set from Target and a beauty sponge. I started getting more expensive makeup as gifts on my birthday and Christmas. Beauty videos on YouTube became my favorite way to pass the time. Then I discovered an entire community within Instagram.
I was sucked in.
As I continued to practice, my skills continued to improve. Even though I felt uncomfortable or a look didn’t turn out how I wanted, I kept practicing. I didn’t let my shortcomings stop me from improving.
That was a little over four years ago. As you can tell by the pictures above, my skills and technique has greatly improved, but they aren’t perfect. I think that’s my favorite thing about this industry. People are always pumping out amazing new looks. Even if you are at the top of your game, there is always someone out there who can inspire and push you to improve. Anyone who claims to be perfect or that they’ve learned it all doesn’t understand the artistry behind makeup.
If you’re just beginning in makeup, I highly recommend taking photos of your work from time to time. It may be embarrassing and cringe-worthy to look back on, but that is how you will see your growth best. Never be afraid to fail when doing your makeup either, as it is just makeup and wipes off easily at the end of the day.
How long have you been doing your makeup?
Do you feel like your skills have improved? How else would you like to improve your skills?