I thought I’d do something fun and nostalgic this week and reflect back on some of my all time favorite high school makeup items. In traveling down memory lane, I discovered my taste in shades hasn’t strayed much (is that good or bad?) and that several of my go-to items are actually still in production and quite successful.
Let’s take a look at what my every day makeup looked like back in the early 2000s, shall we? More details and favorites after the jump!
Let’s start with the eyes, because I lurvvvvv eye makeup. From early on, I’ve always loved rubber bristle mascaras. Maybelline Define-A-Lash was one of the first in the drugstore that I remember and I loved both the green and pink tubes. I loved using it to pull my lashes outward… sort of a butterfly effect. The bristles did an amazing job of lengthening and separating. CoverGirl shadow single in Mink was my favorite. Many sing the praises of Tapestry Taupe, but Mink is a little warmer… more light bronze, versus a taupe. I’m not even surprised I loved this and wore it daily because it’s the same sort of shade I still love to wear daily. My eye look would not be complete without black liner in the lower lash line only (now, it’s a makeup faux pas to do such a thing). For that, I loved the creaminess of Jane’s black eyeliner. I remember it not smudging as much, but I also remember using Revlon Colorstay black liner, as well. Jane’s was just more black and creamier.
Moving to the face, I went through way too many of these Maybelline 3-in-1 Express foundation sticks. I literally caked this on like nobody’s business. It served as concealer and foundation for me and was great to use on the go to touch up between class. I don’t remember using a powder, which is probably why it didn’t last very long (what a newb). To bring a little color back to the face, both my mom and I loved this blush! The packaging on this L’Oreal Au Naturale blush was a bit bulky and I remember it being a tad expensive (around $10-12, I believe), but the gorgeous tawny, bronzey rose color was perfect! I loved shade #292. The formula was suuuper silky and it would last absolutely forever – it now reminds me a lot of NARS blushes. L’Oreal really needs to bring this one back ASAP.
To finish my look, lip gloss was a must. I typically only used clear and my favorite was by Bonne Bell Lip Lites because of the mint flavor. I also remember it sort of enhanced the color of my lips… brightened them a bit. When it was a fancy occasion (big night out at the movies or Applebee’s for half price apps), I would break out the Cappuccino Lip Lites, which tasted like… cappuccino. Again, same with the eyes, not much has changed with the lips. I like low maintenance lip colors.
In doing research on my products, I found that you can still find many of these online, but the following are still in mass retailers today:
As we can see, my budget has changed, but it’s funny to see how my actual taste in what I like has not.
Just for kicks, let’s take a look at my senior photo because… laughing is the best medicine. I’d like to thank my best friend, Amanda, for those gorgeous brows and my grandmother’s Lancome lipstick that I swiped that morning (she happened to be visiting from Florida) for a bit of color:
What were (or are) some of your favorite high school makeup or even hair products?