When I was growing up, I didn't really use makeup. I can honestly say that ALL the makeup I owned when I moved to University could fit in a small toiletry bag. My mom didn't use much makeup, I didn't have an older sister, and my friends were more interested in dark, punk eyeliner and glitter than actual looks. I barely owned ANYTHING until I turned 25 and realized that makeup was, well... fun. But OH, the mistakes I made!
Here are some things I wish I knew in the meantime...
1: Mascara too clumpy? Roll the brush against a tissue and make sure to dab the edge of the wand to collect any excess product. This is especially important if you love intense, bold mascara!
2: Does your eyeshadow/eyeliner like to travel across your lid? I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion to keep my eyeshadow stay put, but
Too Faced Cosmetics, Shadow Insurance is another popular option.
4: Never neglect the importance of a prominent brow. Don't overpluck!
5: Do you get an oily shine mid-way through the day? Don't load more product on your face, use an oil blotting sheet to quickly dab it all away! I use
Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets.
7: Liquid eyeliner gets MUCH BETTER WITH PRACTICE. Keep at it.
8: Get the most mileage out of drugstore eyeshadow with a good eyeshadow primer and decent brushes. You can get ELF brushes at Winners or Dollarama for a steal.
Bonus: Don't waste your time wanting to be a Kardashian, fuck extreme contouring.