“Oh my GOSH,” a painfully pretty classmate gasped in horror before pointing to my face. “You have HUGE bags under your eyes!”
And that friends, was the last day my face saw the outside world without a generous application of makeup on it. I was thirteen years old.
Kids are cruel but comments like that stick with us forever. And since that very vocal (and very brutal) observation, makeup for me has been all about concealing my flaws. For ten years I’ve desperately tried to hide the dark circles under my eyes, cried out of sheer exasperation from failed attempts at covering my pimples, and spent about a trillion – nay, a zillion – dollars on foundation to cover the redness my poor face is so susceptible too.
And I know I’m not alone in this. How many times have you cancelled on a date or brought yourself to tears because you thought you just didn’t measure up? How many times have you thought “if I just had that new [insert beauty product of choice] I would feel amazing and confident?” Only to feel pretty much as bad as you felt before.
Well Audrey-ites, I vote we put the fun back in beauty. Beauty isn’t about hiding our worst; it’s about showing our best. Beauty should be enjoyable. We should be able to laugh at our beauty fails rather than kick ourselves in the gut with regret. We should be able to dye our hair crazy colours like Katy Perry, or get OTT acrylic nails like Rhianna just for the hell of it. So to do something a little different, I want you to tell me your best and your worst beauty moments. What’s your biggest beauty fail? When did you know that you nailed it? The more outlandish and hilarious, the better. I’ll get us started.
Best: Getting a Zooey fringe. It makes my fivehead look like a forehead and draws attention to my eyes (but away from those dark circles).
Worst: For a DIY beauty article I washed my hair with egg (for shine!). It scrambled in my hair and I was brushing it out for days and days. Yuck.