To put it plainly, I didn't know what I was doing. I knew I could use powder or liquid foundation. I knew that eyeshadow goes on the lids. But makeup has become so much more porpular now than it was when I was a teenager/young adult. In my early twenties, I went out with only lotion on my face for the most part. Nowadays, middle-schoolers know how to nose contour better than I could ever dream to. High-Schoolers are doing cut creases so sharp they can cut steel.
When I was in High School, I had a pretty severe case of what I would call cystic acne. I was oily and nearly every other day I had a new boil on my face. To go from baby soft skin to that was not only embarrassing but it broke my self confidence. I had to walk around ashamed of my appearance for quite some time. The one thing that helped me was Murad. I'm not particularly sure if it was the witch hazel in the products, but when Proactive did nothing for me, I got a bit of relief from Murad. I think the acne was more hormonal than anything else, because skincare-wise I was obsessed with washing, toning, and moisturizing.
Having overcome horribly embarrassing acne, I always thought that “too much” makeup clogs pores. Letting the skin breath was more important, and if necessary using concealer would be enough. I was definitely missing out because regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, if your skincare routine is lacking your skin will suffer. Proper application is also the key as a makeup newbie. If you are starting to dabble in makeup, invest a few minutes into YouTube to see the proper technique for application so that your skin is always protected.
My skin has been the clearest it’s ever been withholding pre-pubescence and I can honestly say I wear makeup nearly every day.