My Makeup Story

I pinched this from Ellie’s Beauty Blog  and thought it was a great post as I’d seen a lot of questionnaire/get to know you posts but nothing like this one. If you have done this one, send me your links or why not try it and let me know you have!

How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
As shocking as it sounds about 8. I’m not talking about the ‘Little Blossom’ crap your mum could buy from the chemist (If anyone is old enough to remember that?) but full on palettes and makeup. My cousin was my idol! Being an only child meant I spent a lot of time with her as she was my babysitter and also heavily into makeup. We’d do swaps – normally unfair ones! I remember a lipstick from Miss Selfridge called Iron Lady. It was a metallic hard lipstick that lasted hours!
How did you get into makeup?
Probably my cousin, it escalated from there. When I was in my teens at school I was never without my Rimmel Heather Shimmer lipstick and wore foundation to conceal  my complexion. When I was about 15 and going clubbing (Very naughty) I’d wear more to look older. It became a routine I think from there and almost an obsession.
What are some of your favorite brands?
I love Chanel for high end. But for pharmacy/drugstore stuff I really love Sleek eyeshadows! I’m quite a fan of msacaras as I hate my eye lashes and find Collection 2000 are great for a budget or Bourjois.
What does make-up mean to you?
It makes me feel better, not about myself – I guess more confident. It also makes me feel like I haven’t let myself go. I look at some people when I do the school runs who are younger than myself who look like they haven’t been home from the night before! I think everyone is beautiful, but with makeup can come courage, learning and also benefit people who need confidence (Especially people who use makeup to cover burns, birthmarks etc that make them feel withdrawn -camouflage).
If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?
Easy – foundation, bronzer, mascara and lip balm.
What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
Highly competitive! Years ago drugstore makeup was no where near where it is now – today you can find almost any dupe for a high end product that will work just as well, or look just as good. I love my Chanel Sublime de Chanel mascara but will go as far too say that Maybeline’s Define-a-lash gives me exactly the same result!
What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
Less is more! Don’t get happy with the eyeshadows and bold lipsticks together. Blend blend and blend again with shadows. You don’t want to look like a hooker! Ask friends for honest opinions too, what’s right for someone is always right for you.
What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Bold eyes bold lips and clashing. At least with the punk trend it worked and they matched but to have them clash with each other – just don’t get it, sorry.
What do you think of the Beauty Community on Youtube/Blogger?
I first got back into makeup again when I started a course to become a makeup artist. Youtube was great for tutorials as was blogger. It helped me find things that I would want to use, or steer me away from wasting money. What I hate is the back stabbing, the school playground antics and almost ‘bullying’ you see at times. I’m all for being opinionated but I was bought up with, ‘If you have nothing nice to say about someone, say nothing at all’ and don’t see what the cat fights have to turn into mass fights. That’s the sad part about the community. Also the lack of honesty with some reviews  maybe as they are sponsored. We’ve all watched or read a review and just know the person doing it isn’t being honest. That annoys me too. I always thought the whole point of blogging and vblogging was about being honest and speaking your mind?
Who is your style icon?
I have a few; I love Lauren Conrad’s style there’s actually nothing I don’t like about her. Drew Barrymore (My girl crush) always seems no matter the trend to be up there with it – beautiful. I tend to like icons in that they don’t follow the trends but have their own style to a degree.
Lots of Love,
Mel xxxx