GUEST POST: Brigitte Evans, High Style Life
Did you know that women’s makeup used to contain lead? People used mercury to get rid of blemishes, belladonna to make their eyes appear bigger, and even radium to reduce their wrinkles. And their hair? Hot iron tongs to curl it, lard to keep it in place, and then powdered lead to make it look smooth, and all that was supposed to be on your head for a long while without washing. Ouch, the things we do for beauty. Luckily, today’s beauty regrets generally don’t come nowhere near “died of mercury poisoning,” but most of us ladies still made some mistakes in the past. The victim of terrible fashion trends and a rebellious teenager myself, I’ve done a bunch of things I now regret. Ladies, join me as we chat about some of the biggest beauty mistakes and hand out tips on how to fix them.
Curse you Cara Delevingne, and your stupid gorgeous eyebrows. Ah, the nineties and the evil thin eyebrow trend that made us over-pluck everything like there’s no tomorrow. How’s a girl supposed to go from pencil-thin brows to a set of thick, luscious ones that frame our face perfectly? Well, for one, stop plucking them. The way to fix this if your eyebrow hairs are naturally sparse or have stopped growing right from so much plucking is through good makeup skills, or with microblading. Microblading is a semi-permanent solution that lasts for up to several years and can give you just the look you want. I got mine done a few months ago and now I never have to worry about it anymore.
Boyfriend names, drunken “jokes,” old interests that you no longer care about, tattoos can be a big source of regret. If you weren’t thinking straight, or just no longer like the tattoo you have, go to a good tattoo removal clinic. Life’s too short to be permanently marked with something you now hate.
The nineties strike again, and while chunky, skunk-like highlights used to be cool, now they’re pretty cringe-worthy. Don’t attempt to highlight your hair with any at-home kits unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Just go to a stylist, tell them what you want, and they’ll give you the perfect sun-kissed look.
Again, the at-home dye jobs can go disastrously wrong, especially if you’re attempting something as complicated as an ombre look. There’s more to it than just dying the lower half of your hair in a lighter colour, you have to make the whole thing fall in a natural gradient. Let a professional stylist do this for you, it’s so much easier and it does pay off when you end up with a bangin’ ombre look.
Sunspots and wrinkles
Oh, those good old teenage days where I ignored my mom’s constant pestering to put on the sunscreen. A bunch of hyperpigmentation marks later, I finally learned my lesson. Sun damage causes most of the visible ageing marks on our face, and the best solution to a youthful, bright complexion is using a quality non-toxic sunscreen. Don’t let a day go by where you don’t apply your SPF, especially if you’re very fair. Melanoma is one of the worst, deadliest cancers around, so don’t mess with your health.
In our never-ending quest to become a sexy bronzed goddess, most of us have turned to self-tanners. Sadly, rather than a goddess, we end up looking more like a commercial for Cheetos. Go easy on the self-tanner ladies, and follow these tips if you want a beautiful summer tan.
It starts out kind of cool, in the beginning, you do a nice smokey look, you like your reflection in the mirror. But by the end of the day, everything’s smudged and you look like a crazy person. To solve this, use waterproof mascara, and use gel liners or eyeliners rather than pencils, which do tend to smudge easily. It’s also a good idea to use an eyeshadow primer to keep everything in place.
All of us made these mistakes at some point in our lives, and none of them is really a big deal. Acknowledge them, fix them, and then move on and enjoy your beauty!