Once upon a time there was a girl whose house was filled with beautiful eyeshadow palettes, boxes full of blushes and sparkly highlighters, cabinets full on nail polishes in every shade possible. The said girl would get excited about new makeup releases and had to get her hands on every LE MAC collection. She would spend hours and hours on the Internet reading beauty blogs and news and her favorite pastime would be strolling down the aisles of Sephora and Ulta or other beauty stores. This girl is actually me and today I wanted to share with you my makeup story and tell you about how I got to where I am now (aka how I became a makeup obsessed hoarder).
I have not always been a makeup junkie. I grew up in the house filled with women only. My mom wore and still wears makeup on daily basis but her makeup collection has never been really huge and she’s always kept her looks to bare minimum- powder, foundation, blush, eyeshadow, mascara and that’s it. When I was growing up I knew that there will be a point in my life when I will start wearing makeup too because that’s “what girls do”. When I was 8 or 9 my mom used to own a cosmetics store but I was never really attracted to all the products, maybe because I was still too young. After the store closed, my mom hauled home all the left over and unsold products and testers and I remember swatching all the bright lipsticks on the back of my hand, hoping that one day I’ll be able to wear bright red lipsticks and hot pink colors.
The first time I wore makeup was to my 8th grade dance in elementary school. I still remember I wore a silver eyshadow from a Swedish catalog company Oriflame, blush from Bourjois (cause that’s what my mom always wore on her cheeks) and a mascara from Yves Rocher. It was also the first time I went to a professional hair salon and I got a beautiful layered haircut.
Then, in the first year of high school I was allowed to start wearing makeup every day and by makeup I mean mascara only. It wasn’t until my second grade that I started wearing eyeshadows. But then again, nothing too crazy, I only had one brown eyeshadow at that time that I wore every day and once I hit the pan, I’d repurchase the same exact color.
My first hair coloring was a at home experience and it turned into a huge fiasco. I remember not being happy with my dark blonde hair so after begging my mom for days I bought a box of Loreal Feria kit to highlight my hair. I was hoping to achieve super light blond highlights although my mom tried to convince me that it’s not going to work because my hair was too dark. I did it anyways and instead of bright blond I ended up with hair that was more red than blond and it looked absolutely terrible and I hated it. Itso bad that I had to go to a hair salon to get my hair cut really short and here you can see a picture from that time. It was the first and the last time I experimented with hair coloring at home. Since then I have always left it up to professionals.
It wasn’t until a few years later, maybe when I was in college, that I started wearing more makeup. When I got my first job as a teacher I splurged on high end products- Dior foundation, Chanel eyeshadow and an expensive blush from Collistar. But I’d still wear the same neutral look every day and my makeup collection was not very big.
My true love for makeup started after I moved to the US from Poland 4 years ago. I don’t know if it was because drugstore brands were much cheaper here compared to Poland or maybe it was an easy access to so many brands that were not always available back at home that my collection started to slowly expand. It was also back then that I started reading beauty blogs and I researched all my purchases thoroughly. I remember when Urban Decay Naked palette first came out and I wanted it so bad but. Of course, it flew off the shelves so it took me about two months to get my hands on it. But it was well worth the wait and it’s still one of my favorite palettes. And since then my makeup collection started to slowly but surely grow to the annoyance of my husband who is always complaining that I have makeup spread all around the house. And yes, my dining room table is not just for eating dinners at. It’s filled with my ever growing collection of products that I use on “daily basis”.
When I was a little girl I would always talk my mom into buying me yet another doll, promising it was going to be my last one ever. Now I use the same strategy for buying makeup – “I have to buy it because I don’t have an eyeshadow in this color yet and that new pink blush is completely different from the other 12 shades of pink I already have.”
Fortunately, I don’t just buy makeup because I collect it. I actually try to use all of it. With my collection expanding, I learnt how to create different looks, using not only my favorite nudes but also other bolder colors. I started reading more and more beauty blogs and watching YouTube tutorials and, with time, I learnt how to use a concealer, how to hide undereye dark circles, what a primer is, how to use a bronzer to contour my cheeks and how to highlight them to add dimension to my face. I no longer had one blush but a lot of them and I could probably wear a different shade each day of the month. My lipstick collection grew from a few tubes of pink and nude lipsticks to peach, orange, purples, mauves and reds. I learnt how to play with makeup and how to use it to enhance my natural features, how to create looks that would go with my outfit or be appropriate for particular events. Before I knew it, I became a makeup expert that my friends and family would always come to seeking makeup advice. At some point I finally decided that it would be fun to share my knowledge and passion with more people and that’s how Her and Makeup blog was born.
What is your makeup story? Are you a beauty fanatic like me? How did you learn applying makeup? Do you have a big makeup collection or do you stick to the same products most of the time? I’d love to hear from you.
As always, thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my story.
Agata, the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.