What Was Your Makeup Routine Like in High School?

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Class of ’93, yo!

Hey, gals. I was just thinking about high school…


Sometimes it seems like such a long time ago. They were days filled with talk of Z. Cavaricci pants, the Humpty Dance and OG 90210. 🙂

It was this email from Alicia that prompted my trip down memory lane:

“I was just curious as to what your makeup routine was like in your high school days. I’ve seen pictures of some very stylish people now who looked like train wrecks in High School. Yikes!” – Alicia

What’s up, Alicia?

Seeing how high school was over 15 years ago for me, I’m a little foggy on the details, LOL!

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Mugging with my friend Shaun

But I do remember bits and pieces here and there, like how I wore Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick almost every day as a sophomore and loved Cornsilk Pressed Powder and Coty Loose Powders in my senior year.

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With my BFF Jen

Isn’t it weird to see yourself in old pictures? Like, you still remember those days, but they seem so far away?

Forgive my non-tweezed eyebrows. In my defense, it was the early ’90s. 🙂 I guess we hadn’t discovered tweezing or waxing yet.

Homegirls, do you remember your high school makeup routine or favorite products? Were you stylish back in the day, or did you blossom in your later years?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Michelle says:

    Cornsilk pressed powder — yes! LOL, I remember that. I had this Aziza eyeshadow quad (whatever happened to that brand??) that was greys and pinks that I thought was so hot. I also had a think for dark, totally matte lipsticks. Paired with big bangs and ungroomed eyebrows — yikes!

  2. TJ says:

    I remember cornsilk and revlon. Lots and lots of revlon. LOL. I wore a lot less makeup. I was big on lip gloss and lipstick, though.
    .-= TJ’s last blog post… No class. =-.

  3. Diana Kim says:

    Just a couple swipes of Maybeline eyeshadow and some mascara. I miss my perfect skin from high school. My older years led to crazy acne, wrinkles, and more freckles. *sigh*

  4. Kate & Zena says:

    Ha ha ha ha, seeing as I graduated in 2007, my make-up routine hasn’t changed all that much. I was a late bloomer in terms of wearing the right amount of make-up and I’m still changing my fashion style. I wore a lot of eyeliner. I don’t wear as much today.

  5. Stephie says:

    KAREN!! Thanks for sharing those old pictures of you. It’s so funny to compare those to your sexaaay FOTD shots with your hair blowing in the fan’s air 😛

    Hm. HS was like 3 years ago. Haha. And I honestly didn’t wear any makeup until about junior year. I wore a Revlon lustrous lipgloss and some Almay black eyeliner. When that ran out I used a black sephora liner and that was it!

    Now it’s like the whole 9 yards of makeup!!
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… A few new friends.. =-.

  6. lexi says:

    OMG – I’m having a high school dance themed bday party the end of this month!

    I miss my skin from my youth – I’d slap some powder on my face – black eyeliner(l’oreal or Lancome) on my top lash line – mascara and RED lipstick and call it a day hahaha. I was lucky enough to have a mom that agreed to buy me red lipsticks from Lancome and Dior! I use to spend a good amount of time and hairspray on my hair/bangs freshman and sophmore year. I discovered that my hair looked good flat when I discovered the power of sleeping in my junior/senior year hahaha

    HAHAHA – AZIZA was the bomb btw!!!

  7. lexi says:

    I was class of ’92 also and it’s scary to see girls walking down the street in outfits I’d wear in the 10th grade!

  8. nikki says:

    since high school wasn’t that long ago for me(graduated ’08) its all still very fresh in my mind!
    generally for normal school days i just put on the basics: powder foundation, mascara, lipbalm.
    some days i tried to be stylish, but because i did tech crew for the drama club i was always tired and just didn’t feel like putting in an effort.

  9. meimei says:

    OMG! Don’t you just lurve the Nineties? It’s hilarious because I just posted my pictures from ’94 to ’96 on my blog, too. Bwahahaa!

    I remember my makeup routine in the ’90s being a full-face one, which always resulted in so many mistakes: crease contouring, “translucent” loose powder that made me pale as a geisha, thick eyebrow pencil, smoky eyes WITH red lips, “nude” lipstick that turned orange… *shudder* No wonder my friends always teased me about being a Makeup Girl.

    All that effort did pay off, though, as far as my makeup skills were concerned. I did learn how to tweeze my brows, “wing out” my eyeliner, and pick the best colors for my skin tone. Red lipstick became my friend, along with the perfect nude pencil (which back then was Wet’n’Wild #666, aka “Brandywine”) and a little mascara. Nothing wrong with all of that! 🙂
    .-= meimei’s last blog post… From the Vaults of Hacienda de Meimei: I Love the Nineties!!! =-.

  10. Carol L says:

    I wore no makeup in HS, except for lipstick that was totally the wrong color on me.

  11. Ruth says:

    Oooooooh child !!!!!!!!! I graduated high school in ’86 !!!!! I wore electric blue eyeliner only under my lash line, totally not good because my eyes are cornflower blue, tons of mascara and lip balm !

  12. amy says:

    When I first started wearing makeup in Grade 8, I wore mud brown lipstick. The browner and darker the better. Then in Grade 9-10 I wore the Mod look, where I would line my eyes thickly with this cheap charcoal gray liner and I would mix concealer with my MAC Mocha lipstick because it wasn’t pale enough in the tube. Finally in Grades 11 and 12, I wore MAC Juxt and Vex eyeshadow, Studio Fix NC30 powder and MAC Verve lipstick. Oh and I remember wearing colourful nailpolish from every colour in the spectrum and I would change it almost everyday. It was either Wet n Wild, Hard Candy or Urban Decay polishes.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD MAC Starflash R-Rated and The Balm Risque Renee Eyeshadows =-.

  13. Citrine says:

    Actually my current routine is not that different from what I had in high school. Back then I have 7:30pm class, I will just wake up at 7:10pm, shower and bike to school with my hair wet (as a matter of fact, I never owned a blow drier…my hair is going to dry eventfully, so I see no point doing the extra step.)

    Now if I have a few more minutes, I will rub some sunscreen on my face (and stuff something in my mouse to stop my stomach making funny noises.) Anyway, sleep is golden for me so my routine is kept minimal.
    .-= Citrine’s last blog post… Halloween Collection from Wet n Wild =-.

  14. Citrine says:

    Wait, I meant 7:30am…It would be pretty scary if I wake up at 7:10pm everyday.

  15. eboogie says:

    girl … it was all about the dark, dark brown lipstick!! I graduated in ’98 and had the choco prestige cosmetics lips to proove it! great post!
    .-= eboogie’s last blog post… Smashbox Gloss, plus Macy’s vs. Sephora! =-.

  16. Ellie says:

    Awww, High School. It was four years ago, but it feels like longer. I hardly wore makeup, though I loved to pull out all the stops for the dances! I’ve since come to appreciate the 10 minutes of colors in pretty tubes and pots- the highlight of my mornings.

  17. Steph B says:

    I went to HS in the late 80s and had crazy curly hair so I didn’t have to use massive amounts of hairspray like my friends. But a whiff of hairspray always makes me think of HS! LOL. We were into very frosty lips — everyone had a tube of Revlon’s Frosted Brownie or Pink Ice. Royal blue eyeliner (and not the good way we wear colors now). We hadn’t found tweezers yet either. I also remember a lot of bad, heavy full-face foundation on many girls — whether they were trying to cover up acne or not. Going to college where less makeup was the norm was when we started looking good!

  18. Tavia says:

    You brought me some special memories about High School. In that time I didn’t use any makeup. I remember that my colleagues were using foundation, mascara, eyeshadows and lipstick but I wasn’t even wearing lipgloss. I start using mascara and some eyeshadows only in the latest months of High School. Anyway since I was not from US, here was not so good to be seen by teachers with makeup on. Anyway I’m happy that I’ve postpone the makeup for university and the foundation and concelears only after I was 25, cause you can really see the difference. Girls that have been using foundation since high school they don’t look so good now. I mean for what use it when you are 16 and your skin is young.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Chic Preview – Urban Decay – Book of Shadows vol II – Holiday 2009 =-.

  19. gio says:

    I hardly wore any makeup in high school. I only used lip balm and sometimes foundation and mascara.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Product Review: Lumiere Conceal & Correct Loose Powder Correctors =-.

  20. Sonja says:

    Hmm, I almost never wore make up, and if I did, I would just wear black mascara or some nude eyeshadow and a bit of pink gloss on the lips (remember that some L’oreal Color Riche in Frosted Pink was my fav). But I had tons of lip glosses (funny how now, in my 20’s I barely have any).

    I remember how my mom always used to comment how pale and ghastly I look and how much better would I look with additional make up. I always though that I looked like a child and make up didn’t suit me. On the good days and special occasions I would wear a bit or purple or black khol in the corners of my eyes…

  21. Meghan says:

    I remember bits and pieces:

    1. A very brief dark dark lipstick phases. My friends and I would put on this frosty copper from wet n wild and then over that we would put black lipstick Yeesh!
    2. Silver eyeliner + purple mascara
    3. In high school I mostly remember wearing lots of shimmer and glitter.
    .-= Meghan’s last blog post… An Ode to Liquid Liner Pens =-.

  22. Emma says:

    i just entered high school!!! i have no idea what to wear for my makeup routine though. anyone wanna help a fellow makeup lover??? karen?????????

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emma,

      I like Bobbi Brown’s approach to makeup when it comes to teenage/high school makeup. Less is more. When you’re young you honestly don’t need much for the everyday look. If your skin is in good shape I’d go with something like MAC Blot or blotting papers to cut down shine; if you have some trubs then concealer over the parts you need it and then a tinted loose or pressed powder. Get your brows groomed professionally (or by a friend or an older relative who knows what she’s doing) and then keep them up yourself to save money. Throw in mascara, some gloss, maybe some blush if you’re into it (to try: MAC Blushbaby, Peaches or Pinch o’ Peach). Also optional: subtle pencil eyeliner smudged along the upper and lower lash lines (the Cargo Plant Love pencils are awesome). Hit me up if you have any more questions!

  23. Lana says:

    I graduated 1999 and as I recall it was: Wash and Go.

    It wasn’t until a dance (ersh!) six months into my grade 12 year, that I used make up for the first time: Pink Chiffon eye shadow by Covergirl, some blush and mascara, of course.

    But I think that was about it. Surprisingly, for someone who’d never really worn make up before, I think I did pretty well!
    .-= Lana’s last blog post… Punch It Out =-.

  24. amy says:

    Wow…so many commenters have only been out of HS for 2 years! Yikes, you can take 2 plus 20 for me. 😉 The only things I remember: an Estee Lauder foundation, that I decidedly did not need at the time, black l’oreal eyeliner, max factor mascara, a purple eyeshadow duo from Lancome and carmex. How I loved those purples…I have spent years looking for the same shades…too no avail.

  25. Kristen says:

    My junior year, I was sooo into Hard Candy. It was impossible to get where I lived, and I clearly remember going on a trip to NYC and making a special stop at Sephora to load up on HC goods.

    I was OBSESSED with the Glitter Eye Liner in black (I think it was called Hyper?), flecked with chunky silver glitter — I would rim my eyes in that for school until it looked like they were in a pool of glittery ink.

    I also loved this eye shadow quartet — I think it was called Purple Haze? — that had strips of glittery purple, silver, black and creamy-white shadow. I would pile that purple glitter shadow on my eyes and go to school looking like I was ready to host 120 Minutes, which was still on MTV at the time!

    Urban Decay also came out my junior year, and I remember buying tons of their shadows and lipglosses.

    As heavy-handed as I was with it, I miss that Hard Candy quartet:(
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Accentuating Your Eye Color with Shadow =-.

  26. Kelly says:

    Oh boy, I like to pretend high school never existed for me but sadly, pictures prove it happened! Class of ’90 here!

    Basically I was train wreck and had absolutely ZERO style. I wore men’s Levi’s 501’s every day with whatever concert t-shirt was clean and high tops. I frequently wore my black leather motorcycle jacket or a jean jacket with white or black hoodie sweatshirt under it. Typical rocker chick wear.

    As far as makeup, it was super simple back then. I wore heavy black Wet n Wild eyeliner with some shade of horrible blue/pink/lavender eyeshadow and mascara. I didn’t wear blush or any lip products then.

    Don’t EVEN get me started on the hair! Got a perm when I was 16 then I poofed up my bangs so I had huge hair sprayed (yes Aqua Net) rocker hair. My goal was to have Bret Michael’s hair, though I hated his music and him, LOL!

    It always amazes me when I look back even 4 or 5 years ago because my style has changed so much. I am WAY more aware of what looks good on me now for hair, makeup and clothing and I just keep getting better I think!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… View From Above =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Isn’t it great when you figure out what actually WORKS for you? The crappy part is all the bad pictures that remain as proof of all the things that didn’t…

      Do you still have your black motorcycle jacket?!

  27. alice says:

    I wore no makeup in high school and wasn’t conscious of what i looked like. It was only when I started getting compliments on my looks that I actually became self-conscious, and oddly enough, dissatisfied. I was a painter and wore all black, and didn’t get into makeup until my late, late twenties. And I graduated high school in ’93. 🙂

  28. Shannon says:

    Class of ’05, I didn’t really wear makeup. I was the wash & go, jeans and a t-shirt girl. Always had sports after school so makeup would have been a mess.

    For dances or going out I would put on a light shimmer eyeshadow from clinique, it had silver, pale pink, baby blue and a gorgeous tan color; my mom bought it for me. the usual was the pink and some dark brown mascara (I have light hair). I do remember in the early days of highschool there was some silver eyeliner and black mascara that we got for halloween (my bff and i) and we loved it and wore it for a few months… Most of highschool consisted of some sort of frosty shimmery pale eyeshadow and mascara. 🙂
    .-= Shannon’s last blog post… Knitted coozie =-.

  29. Nicole15 says:

    Oh jeez…high school. The fashions are what stand out for my so much more than the make-up of the time period, but I did dig deep into my brain to remember a few items from my routine. During the grunge phase, when dark lips were my staple, I wore Lancome Garnet lip pencil everyday. Filled in my entire lip with that thing…talk about drying. Then when that phase was gone, I got into using Cherry Chapstick with Wet n’ Wild lip pencil in #666 or #711. That lip combo even carried me into my first year of college. I can’t seem to remember if I wore eyeshadow or not but I did wear black eyeliner all the time. It was Revlon’s Soft Khol liner in Soft Black..it was my staple. But one thing I do know is that I did not pluck my eyebrows either. And they were LARGE. It was my college freshman roommate who finally decided to sit down & help me tame them. Something about the 90’s & bushy eyebrows was cool I guess. Blame it on Kathy Ireland….

  30. Beth says:

    Wow, this is fun! ’87 for me. Let’s see, I had a very long routine and wore lots of makeup, even though my skin was perfect (no zits until college). I wore Clinique regular square bottle foundation and their loose powder #2 and their Advanced Concealer on my dark undereye circles that I was paranoid about. They had a brown eyeshadow duo I LOVED but can’t remember the name – was it Fawn? Wore it for years. Did highlighter, crease and the bottom part religiously daily. I was a fan of navy or blue liner and navy or blue mascara paired with the brown shadow and wore a thick line on top and bottom AND tightlined the inner rim on the bottom as well! Always wore lipstick, went through a 2 year phase of a pale pink frosty L’Oreal and a pale nude frosty L’Oreal. I noticed the other day at Target that they STILL carry the colors, though I can’t remember the names for the life of me. MAUVED! That’s one of them! How can yall always remember the names? (can you tell I’m from the South?) As far as eyebrows, big eyebrows were IN. Since I don’t have much going on in the eyebrow department, I would fill them in with a brown eyebrow pencil, then use a mascara wand to fluff mine UPWARD to make them as thick as possible. Think Brooke Shields back in the 80’s. I meticulously applied the frostiest pink blush to my cheeks, not having any idea how ridiculous that looked. The frostier pink, the better. Same for my nails.
    So imagine, thick heavy matte face, thick eyebrows, heavy duty eyeshadow, electric blue liner and lashes, frosty pink cheeks/lips/nails.
    Fun times!

  31. Alison says:

    Hi Karen!

    We weren’t really allowed to wear makeup at school and were told to remove it if it was obvious so I perfected the natural look from an early age! The main thing I remember is I used to love those flavoured bonne bell lipbalms, especially the choclatey and vanilla ones, the chocolatey ones were a very neutral colour and I loved the smell and taste of them! You can’t get them here in the UK anymore unfortunatly as I am sure I would still have to have a couple! Even in my early teens I had penchant for high end cosmetics though, I used quite a bit of Estee Lauder back in the day ‘cos my Mum uses a lot of of that brand so I thought I was being all grown up getting my own expensive make-up! Unfortunatly for me it led to a very expensive obsession with Chanel Make-up and nail polishes!

  32. Dao says:

    Um, it’s called the “I don’t wear makeup” routine that’s utterly simple: I only used vaseline straight out from the tube. But I remember to overdo my brows in grade 12, which left it very very thin. Luckily, my brows did grow back. It’s a bit scary to look back at high school, I was so bookish back then.
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System UV Protect Spray =-.

  33. Katrina says:

    Hi Karen, in high school I caked on foundation. I had super bad acne and tried to hide it. I always wore a full face of makeup but remember someone once remarking, “you wear makeup”, apparently I’ve always been on the natural side of it and just wore enough to hide the flaws and accentuate the good. 11 years later I absolutely hate wearing foundation and really only do a couple times a year. My husband would rather see the natural me too so I wear makeup sparingly and in neutral colors of course.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katrina,

      Going through acne is so tough. I had a terrible bout of cystic acne when I was 19, and I remember it being very emotionally draining. Did you end up using any special treatments for your skin?

  34. Laura F. says:

    I graduated in hs 2001. Didn’t really wear anything until junior year, and then it was just Blistex LipTone or whatever that tinted balm they had was, and Origins Pinch Your Cheeks cheek stain. 🙂

  35. candace says:

    Oh my goodness, I remember my high school years. 9th grade was just avon glossy wine lipgloss, 10th grade I got to add in eyeliner and 11th grade and beyond, it was a full face. My mom said she let me because I knew how NOT to look like a clown. I was definitely all over the wet n wild cosmetics. I think the lipstick that I used to wear was 746 or soemthing like that. I also dabbled with covergirl. I think I was more stylish then. I was concerned more with my clothes choices then than I am now. I definitely would like to get backi into clothes. Maybe I”ll nominate myself for a spot on “How do I look” or “what not to wear. lol

  36. CB says:

    Wow!! I finished high school 10 years back, and oh (tom)boy! No makeup, ungroomed eyebrows, reaaaaally baggy clothes…yikes! Well, I hope I’ve changed slightly since then, and am still a work in progress! 🙂 I remember trying to use my mum’s maybelline lipsticks…

  37. Kelly says:

    I do still have my jacket! Got it when I was 13 and it still fits, though I can’t zip it up (damn boobs) 🙂
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Color Club Master Of Disguise =-.

  38. mishel says:

    hey karen!! long time no talk! i love the topic of this post, really making me think back, haha. i totally wore pressed powder, lip gloss, cleopatra eyeliner and lots of mascara. i would straighten the crap out of my hair and almost always had some sort of platform flip flops on…eek. hope ur having an awesome day =D!

  39. Rachel says:

    Oh man. High school. Wow. You do NOT want to know, but I’ll give a brief picture. Flat-ironed, bleached out blonde highlights on BLACK hair. At times, really tweezed eyebrows.. At other times, really grown back caterpillar eyebrows. Black smoky eyeshadow. The thick Almay cream-to-powder foundation. Brown lip liner and light lip gloss. That’s right. And the fashion… let’s just say it was inappropriate at best. Things are much better now. Toned down & natural. And my hair? All one shade of black, left wavy.
    .-= Rachel’s last blog post… Look of the day (description) =-.

  40. mayaari says:

    I’m pretty sure I wore Clinique makeup from sophomore year onwards…light foundation, loose powder, and a now-discontinued Almost Lipstick that was the perfect bronze/orange. Didn’t believe in blush (but now I know how important it can be!), and usually used the GWP eyeshadows and liners that my mom would get from her makeup purchases. The first time I really put on a full face of makeup was for prom, and I wore a deep purple lipstick that actually looked good 🙂

    My routine didn’t really change until I started blogging about 2 years ago, and now my makeup stash and routine have grown exponentially!
    .-= mayaari’s last blog post… Starry Night Set =-.

  41. I was a simple powder and lip gloss girl. 😀

    .-= All Women Stalker’s last blog post… 5 Current and Interesting Celebrity Interviews =-.

  42. Kelly says:

    That’s hilarious!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Color Club Master Of Disguise =-.

  43. Madeleine says:

    I didn’t wear any makeup until I was…20!At 19 I went to a wedding with my boyfriend,and my mum forced me to wear some mascara(she told me that I looked naked),because I just didn’t want to (I had some lipstick from my BF if it counts ).In college I bought my first 2 lipsticks,pink and light brown – very naked looking colors,and 2 eye shadows shimmering white and second chocolate one (on a brown site,rather).O boy,what a makeup I had! Scary.

  44. Daya says:

    It was all about Covergirl in high school LOL Although, for prom my sister did my makeup with my mom’s Lancome. I did eyeshadow in mostly brown and lipstick. That was about it!

  45. Stefanie says:

    I was a mess in high school.
    I had terrible acne that I tried to cover up with Cover Girl foundation. Of course, that didn’t work and my mom was not much of a make-up person so I was shiny, red an bumpy all the time.
    I had not figured out that my hair was naturally wavy so I was trying to blow-dry it and didn’t use a flat iron which = major puffiness.

    Luckily, not many pics exist of me outside of my band uniform (yes, I was and still am a proud band geek!) so there is minimal evidence of my lack of fashion sense.
    Thank God.

  46. T says:

    Your pictures bring me back to my high school years. ’89 here…

    I remember Aqua Net was my friend. The higher my bangs were, the better. Bugs could get trapped in there simply by just strolling outside.

    I also had a pair of hammer pants that are now back in fashion!

    I recall using a Coty brand lipstick. It was a really nice coral shade that chapped my lips like no other!

  47. Solé says:

    Karen, it’s so timely that you posted this because I put up some old pics from high school on my FB profile a couple weeks ago. Class of ’94! I think my look changed from year to year, since I was totally natural my junior year and then I dyed my hair my senior year and changed up my makeup routine a little. Surprisingly, my look wasn’t that bad back then, it was a few years after high school that I looked like a total wreck. I posted some of those pics too!

    I loved makeup back then as much as I do now, and I even started wearing it in the 7th grade! Behind my mom’s back of course. My high school makeup routine if I remember correctly was Cover Girl foundation and pressed powder, Revlon Sandstone lipstick (I don’t think they make it anymore), some peachy Maybeline blush (don’t remember the shade), a Maybeline duo eyeshadow with a cream shade (all over) and a light brown shade for the crease, eyelash curler, brown eyeliner, and two or three coats of Maybelline Great Lash mascara. I also had a Clinique eyeshadow quartet of different shades of frosty browns (a hand-me-down from an older cousin) that I would bust out for special occasions. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      Okay, since we’re in the same generational bracket… do you remember all the cheesy perfumes from that era, like Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth?

  48. sunmom says:

    back in highschool, i mostly used baby powder to keep oil on my face at bay and highlighted my cheeks with cheek tint from Bench (a local company here in the Philippines). i got to use a sheer water-based foundation (maybelline) if i ever get to save enough for one. i’d also always curl my eyelashes. i’d apply clear mascara(avon)if there’s any available. i don’t do too much with my hair because i’d either just let it down or tie it up. tinted lip balm (nivea) and never lip gloss/lip stick on my lips.
    .-= sunmom’s last blog post… Spent Two Days Off at La Luz Batangas =-.

  49. Stef says:

    When Class of 90’s come and gone,
    91 will carry on,
    92 will think they’re cool,
    But 93 will ALWAYS RULE!!!

    Class of 93 rules!!!

    Ahhhh high school! I wore cream colored eye shadow, dark brown eye liner (a la Marilyn Monroe), and Revlon Cherry Crush lipstick which I still love!!! And Lady Stetson perfume!

  50. Jenna says:

    I didn’t wear nearly as much makeup as I do now. I wore mascara (didn’t curl my lashes), liquid foundation, concealer and blush (I only owned one color at a time!!!!). I owned a couple of lip glosses but barely ever wore them. I never wore eyeshadow or eyeliner.

  51. Sarah says:

    I’m in high school 😛

    I apply a little concealer on the one or two belmishes I have, and under my eyes. Then I dust some physicians formula sheer powder on. I use blush, in a peachy pink shade. Then I curl my lashes, apply shadow, in brows or taupes, or sometimes purple, sheer glitter or none at all, black eye liner and black mascara. I use lipgloss to finish it off

  52. Mica says:

    I started wearing makeup in middle school (blue eyeshadow, no less), but I was pretty much a nerd and stopped wearing it b the time I got to high school. For special occasions I would wear mascara and that was about it. My skin was horrible then – it didn’t clear up until quite a bit later. In college I started wearing maekup every day. Lot’s of Revlon and CG. Black mascara, dark brown eye shadow and foundation. My lipstick obsession came later:)

  53. heyhey says:

    Oooh, caterpillars. I was there. Thank god for tweezing! How did you dodge the “Big Bang(s)” bullet? Although that was probably Jr. High. Oh AquaNet…

    Back in the day (which apparently was that same as your “day”), it was Wet n Wild dark purple eyeliner, Estee Lauder power (from my mama), Rum Raisin lipstick from Revlon blotted and tiny bit of carmex on top. No blush. Matte matte matte all the way.

    Now I have that “dooreeedoorup” loop from “Humpty Dance” running in my head. Thanks!

  54. heyhey says:

    p.s. CSF? Hey brainiac! 😉

  55. Shivotra says:

    well high school wasn’t that long ago, only 5 years…I remember quite clearly what my routine was like.
    foundation…i think i used covergirl – now I cringe at this stuff, but that’s all I could afford back then. then eyeshadows – I think I went through a CRAZY blue phase. LOL. eyeliner too. I used to love blush too. I used to paint my phase and most of it wasn’t attractive. Now I have mastered the natural look though 🙂

  56. Jeri says:

    Oh my…..it was all about the Stiff Stuff hairspray. Add a little heat from the Conair Yellowbird hairdryer – what a look: long permed hair with the bangs and wings on the sides. LOL I still have the original yellowbird relic and it works! For makeup, I wore this electric blue eyeliner from Estee Lauder (thick upper and lower lashes. Lots of mascara – I think wet and wild had a blue shade too. Ahhh, the 80’s….now I know better. Huge smile at the memory though =).

  57. lovescupcakes says:

    aww man.. um can yu say chola? i had the painted on eyebrows that were hela high brown lipliner with clear gloss, HELUH winged eyeliner blue eyeshadow & wrong color foundation… yuck i have no idea how i thought that was cute & oh yea cant forget the wet hair crunchy look haha
    *sigh* oh the styles of living in the ghetto =)

  58. Solé says:

    Hi Karen! Yes! My cousin used to use Exclamation, and oh boy was that stuff strong! I was still using Luv’s Babysoft in high school but on special occasions I would bust out the Calvin Klein Eternity. I can’t stand the smell of it now, but back then I thought it was so special. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      Yes it was! The only person I knew who wore Exclamation was a guy…

      I totally remember CK Eternity! Other scents big amongst the girls at my school: Liz Clairborne, Lancome Tresor and CK One.

  59. Marisol says:

    I certainly blossomed in my later years. I think I only wore Clinique foundation and lipstick. Didn’t really get into blush until my mid 20s. I couldn’t line my eyes to save my life. And my hair….girl, you don’t want to know. hahaha
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… We Are God In The Chrysalis =-.

  60. Solé says:

    Karen, that’s so funny! My older sister used to use Liz Claiborne, my younger sister used to use Tresor, and I had (imitation) CK One. You must be psychic. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      LOL! Seriously, those three are like the holy trinity of fragrances of the early 90s.

      I’m also guilty of rocking NAVY by Coty. Do you know that one? Once in awhile I’ll see it at the drugstore and be very tempted to buy a bottle.

  61. Solé says:

    Yeah, I remember Navy. It was like the classy drugstore perfume. 🙂 I can’t believe they still make it!

  62. Nora says:

    I was not allowed to use makeup or tampons. I’m still trying to catch up on lost years.

  63. Kizzy says:

    I didn’t use make up in high school! 😮
    .-= Kizzy’s last blog post… What really happens at Marie Claire =-.

  64. Catherine says:

    LOL. I love this post! =)

    I didn’t really wear makeup in high school. I started using BE foundation like… my Junior year or so with a tad of blush? And I wore Rimmel pressed powder as concealer for my undereyes. No lipstick, not much lipgloss either, just chapstick and no eye makeup. Actually, I expressly remember the two times I tried my mom’s Clinique GWP eyeshadows and ended up with styes both times. I didn’t try wearing eyeshadow again until 4 years later!!! Last winter, actually lol and I’m now going into my 4th year of college.

    And lol, I think everyone’s brows were a mess back then! I didn’t start shaping mine ’till less than a year ago and it made SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. I didn’t really *have* brows before that… just … fuzz, very sparse disseminated fuzz from the middle of my lid to the middle of my forehead with a slight concentration where an eyebrow should be lol.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Swap with Stella! =-.

  65. Anh says:

    Aww, you’re wearing a hat like Blossom! =)
    .-= Anh’s last blog post… first video? =-.

  66. penelope says:

    powder on my noes to avoid shine, mascara to open up eyes and gloss to soften my look

  67. Christy says:

    Oh my, high school! I graduated in 1998. Some of the lipsticks I wore and can remember are MAC Chelsea, Chintz, Photo, Paramount or Fluid. I liked those browns and darkness reigned. I never wore pink lipstick, always something dark. I started tweezing my brows around grade 10, thank goodness my cousins got me doing that early 😉 I wore whatever drug store foundation I could find that was close enough to my skin. Once I got a job though, I started using MAC Studio Fix. I wore dark brown or black eyeliner, with a bit of mascara that was barely visible. My ‘peak’ was probably at one of the high school fashion shows when I wore MAC Haze (still have it!), Vex and Tilt eyeshadows, along with this holographic rainbow dress I made. Lol! I look back now and realized it was hilarious.

    Besides that, I was the ‘Nailpolish Queen’. Some of friends even wanted me to get my locker plate with that on it, but I chose ‘Cosmic Girl’ due to the previously mentioned dress. At our reunion last year, some of them remembered my nickname and asked if I still had my collection. With quite a few disposals and new additions, but of course I still had it, just with much better quality nailpolish =).
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… Mail Time! =-.

  68. ann says:

    lol, we weren’t allowed to use makeup in high school.wtf

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