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Who Taught You How to Do Makeup?

My mom was never one to wear a whole lot of makeup, except for lots of mascara and a little lipstick (her signature look). So, when my best friend in high school had a Mary Kay makeover, I soon learned that "shadow" was something more than a dark image cast upon a surface in the background.

"Your look is a little plain-Jane," she told me. Ouch. She whipped out her shiny new makeup bag, and proceeded to instruct me on the ins and outs of applying makeup — complete with drawings and figures. So tell me, who taught you all about makeup? Was it a friend, a family member, or did you do it on your own?


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Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 8 years
Internet and My Lovely magazines :)
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
Hey Reading Machine, you can check out the book Teenage Beauty by Bobbi Brown or I know it's geared towards teens but you can get a lot out of it.
Reading-Machine Reading-Machine 8 years
my mom taught me mostly, i know most of it, except eyeliner. i think i look like like a "lady of the night" when i put it on. ANyone know any good tips or videos to help me?
suec suec 8 years
I learned so much from my sisters makeovers on me, she always made me look my best, I will always thank her
norajeans norajeans 8 years
CCee CCee 8 years
My mom let me play around with her makeup when I was still very young. When I was a teen I used to wear only liner and mascara to school and more daring looks when going out. When I was 16 I started buying Elle and got hooked on trends and different looks. Soon after I got a British magazine called Looks. Soon after I got my first Allure it was no longer sold here and was soooo disappointed. I started harassing my aunt to buy me Urban Decay and other goodies in her country and then send them here. Since about 4 years I'm hooked on buying makeup magazines and I bought my three Kevyn Aucoin books. With the Internet now and international shipping the way it is now I get shipped a lot of magazines like Allure, Glamour US, Glamour UK and ELLE UK so I never miss anything. I keep up with the trends via magazines and websites like Sugar. I order way more online nowadays, I love the way that the Internet has made shopping so much easier. My makeup is more professional looking then when I was a teen, I know much more by making mistakes and trying things on myself and friends. I try to not shy away from looks that are daring and if the ladies on my blog on TeamSugar are right, I'm doing pretty well with my makeup so far.
ehknee ehknee 8 years
My mom never wore make up, and when she attempts to do it on herself, it's a disaster so she never taught me. But my friend since birth, her mom was a make-up (and fashion) fantatic so she taught me everything I learned. She worked with Clinque at one point but now works with Chanel, so all my make up comes from her. And because of her I want to become a make-up artist one day.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
My mom doesn't wear makeup. She kinda told me if I wore too much. My mom-in-law taught me about layering eyeshadows but I never got it correct. xsparkage on youtube has helped me so much. My makeup actually looks good thanks to her!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I taught myself. I made a lot of mistakes with eyeliner and eyeshadow before I got it right. Occasionally I still come out looking like I've got a black eye, but makeup remover is always on hand. I've had to teach others how to put on foundation though, and lipstick.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Mom taught me the basics but she took me to Merle Norman for a consultation when I was finally old enough (16) to wear makeup.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
it's funny how so many people were self-taught - I guess makeup isn;t one of those rituals moms teach their daughters (maybe it's best though not to tell your daughter she needs to improve her appearance) - I was self-taught too. my mom only wears makeup on special occasions, and I have no sisters, so I kind of just faked my way through it. I remember though that I didn't start wearing makeup until the summer after my freshman year of high school - it was only because I got it professionally done for an event and I loved how I looked, so I started wearing it daily. at first I got obcessed with eyeshadow, and I'd wear a different color every day that matched my earrings (I wore uniforms at my high school, so I used every ounce of creativity in me on things other than my wardrobe - like my shoes, I even would wear heels sometimes). now I just do a foundation, powder, blush, eyeline, mascara combo - a basic look that just "enhances my features," which is what my mom always says makeup is supposed to do. I do like doing more crazy looks once in while, because another part of wearing makeup is that it's fun...
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 8 years
my mom has really only ever worn dark purple lipstick my whole life. so i taught myself - and fell in love with makeup. i read every magazine article i could on applying makeup. i practiced on my friends. as i got older, i attended esthetician school and learned some makeup. now i work for mac and continue to improve my technique by practice practice practicing! and i love to watch youTube videos! i'm create art on my favorite canvas - the beauty of the human face!
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 8 years
Self-taught, and I learnt a lot from watching YouTube tutorials, beauty blogs, and along the way, picked up tips and tricks and realised what works for me.
diesdre diesdre 8 years
My mom, with the help of a professional makeup artist and an ex Lancome model.
Bolly Bolly 8 years
My Mom is a cosmetologist and I have a big sister, but I was still left to by myself when it came to make up. I guess I'm mostly self taught, but the ladies at Sephora have been a big help. There's also this lady named Amy in Australia who's a professional make up artist and she post the best how to tutorials on YouTube. Her videos always fun to take little bits from too.
ElisabethR ElisabethR 8 years
I learned by myself -- and I only learned how to do REALLY good makeup (highlighters, brow bone, crease, smoky eye, the works) a few months ago after getting a crash course in Sephora. I was always a one eyeshadow, blush, lipstick kind of girl in college. I used to beg my more able sister to do my make-up if I was going out...and she never would! I feel really stupid now -- it would have really helped to have someone show me the tricks before I hit my mid-20's.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
I taught myself... I have always looked at magazines and watched any techniques on t.v. growing up. I've had powder and lipstick since 6th grade.
emalove emalove 8 years
Myself mostly, but I have a cousin who is 7 years older than me. She showed my sister and I some "techniques" and always let us use/play around with her makeup.
verily verily 8 years
I learned a bit from my friend who was makeup obsessed, and some from my mom, and some from the makeup counter, and I have a favorite trick that I figured out on my own. I still haven't mastered eye liner.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I still have no idea either blackmagicrose. My mother wasnt around, my sister was too busy NOT closing her legs, nanna was too old.. never had any girlfriends to show me. I figured out as much as I could on my own. I'm trying to find a beauty course to teach me a few things, hopefully I can get into one of those soon :)
blackmagicrose blackmagicrose 8 years
To be honest I still don't really know how to do my makeup. I was never that interested in it when I was a kid or teenager so I never asked my mom for help. Now that I'm older and wanting to put it on I'm too embarrassed to ask my mom (or anyone else) for help. So I guess I'm on the self teaching road.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I hated make-up ... until I discovered BE retro liner. Then I taught myself to do crazy things with eye shadow. I still only wear gloss and a little bit of blush, but I've gotten pretty creative with eye makeup.
melda melda 8 years
I don't know that much, just my friend taught me how to use mascara. I wish I could learn the steps somewhere online.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Self taught mostly, with the help of beauty magazines, YouTube makeup tutorials and beauty blog ;).
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 8 years
A combination of my Mom, self-taught and magazines like Seventeen, Allure, Glamour and Marie Claire in particular.
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