Wash that off, Jezebel!

12 going on 50.

When I was in the second grade, my best friend Andi wasn’t allowed to wear pants to school. That’s not to say that she went bottomless, she just had a fabulous collection of handmade dresses which her mother had constructed for her.  Every morning before the school bell rang, I would meet Andi in the girls bathroom and hand her a brown paper bag with my fashion picks of the day.

By the third grade, I started to throw some makeup in the bag. Not much, just some Cover Girl liquid foundation – preferably in a burnt orange shade – and even more orange blush to insure a perfectly sunburned look. Maybe even some Maybelline blue eye shadow would find it’s way into the mix.  The only way to finish that look was with a head scarf and lots of shiny lip gloss. Perfection.

Our hero was the obscure beauty Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She took the high class gypsy look into the stratosphere. However, When Andi’s brother’s dreamboat friend told us that we looked like scary clowns we toned it down a few shades…after we finished eating his brain.

Gypsy Chic

So when should you start wearing another face on your face? Hopefully you won’t take it that far.  But I do think that if you are applying makeup behind your parents’ back, you are more than likely too young to be wearing the stuff.  Your parents might be right on this one!  But when the time has comes or if your are using makeup now, please just take a long look look in the mirror before you apply anything and pick out your favorite features on your face.  Makeup is for enhancing, not covering – unless it’s a blemish.

Here are some favorite products I think might work for those of you just starting out:


1. Begin with a light moisturizer. I like the Josie Maran protect daily sun protection SPF 40.

2. Tart Cheek stain and the lip stain.

3. Rimmel Glam eyes mascara.

4. Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer tinted in three tones OR corrective green(to take the red down). Follow that up with a little concealer to correct any overt green tones.

Avoid covering your face with foundation or powder. It will only clog your pores and irritate your skin!

Have fun and remember LESS IS MORE!  Always.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1074637880 Jessica La Battaglia

    I remember the days of no pants allowed… I had a wretched collection of skirts that my grandmother had bought for my sister and I (4 years age difference but still matching clothes??) unfortunately I did not have a loyal friend like you to sneak me a pair of jeans! You’re awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.rurka Annette Rurka

    I remember the days of no pants allowed also…burned into my brain is my sister standing at our street corner in the freezing weather and slipping jeans under her skirt and then taking off her skirt. My sister was five years older and a rebel already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thuvngo Thu Ngo

    However, if it’s a young girl starting out, I don’t think it’s likely that she’ll have $30 to shell out on Tarte’s cheek stain?

  • Jorjee Douglass

    True, tart cheek stain at $30 might be a little pricey for a young beginner but they make a mini for
    $8 to $9 dollars. The big one could keep a entire school blushing for a year there’s so much of it in that container!

  • http://www.facebook.com/electriceyeslilsighs Maria Quaratino-Fulton

    I remember sneaking navy blue sparkly eyeliner into catholic school and my friends and I thinking we looked so great! LOL Wish we had these tips when we started out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527458431 Elizabeth McDonald

    I went down the gothic route at school, you won’t believe how angry teachers get about “excessive eyeliner”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/me.dana.you.notdana Dana DeRuyck

    Oh man, I recall slathering on the hot pink lip gloss on the bus ride to school in the sixth grade and waiting until I was securely in the girls restroom so I could apply my mom’s clumpy old mascara to my lashes without losing an eye in the process…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595842836 Sammie Hess

    I do cover my entire face with foundation, just a thin layer, and I don’t usally get skin irritation or clogged pores. I don’t mean to say you should slather foundation, but some of us like full coverage…I usually look pretty natural too, most people can’t tell ‘m usuing foundation, just that my skin looks smooth…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000156692734 Ella Marie

    i began to wear makeup about a year ago, my only advice is to start in the summer, i rember doing crazy things, black eyeshadow (ouch!) liner all over, sparkly purple, my face COVERD in foundation, i think girls just need time to experement with themselfs, i normally do a really light pink, or gold eyeshadow, and some mascara (sometimes only top, sometimes top and bottom) and thats mostly it, sometimes blush, or natural colored lipstick.
    good luck ladies!
    oh one more tip- sneeking is not helpfull, my mom got me some makeup to wear to out school dance, and then that night i asked her if i could start wearing some to school, and she was all for it! we went shopping the next day it was so much fun:)


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588219598 Hannah Smith

    “A long look look”

    Great article but im like a hawk when it comes to simple mistakes :)
    I have now scanned this comment several times to ensure i haven’t made a mistake.
    Otherwise it would be a never ending argument about grammar and spelling mistakes…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ardella.anderson Ardella Anderson

    this brings me back to when i first started using blush: i was a big covergirl fan. i recently started using it again, and that smell hit me like my freshmen biology book and gym locker. good times…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sasha.spanchak Sasha Spanchak

    this takes me back to the 8th grade, which was when I started to wear makeup. my mother was totally against makeup, but somehow I’d get around her to wear the in style at the time raccoon eye-style eyeliner. and of course I thought I was just so cool. after about 6 months I quit wearing makeup and realized how ridiculous and cheap everyone looked. I’ve just finished the 12th grade, and only returned to wearing makeup the summer before. Now it’s a good concealer/powder foundation, a little tan or brown eyeshadow and occasionally mascara. when i want to make it a little more out there, a little raspberry lip stain and eyeliner goes on. never again will I go back to that look. when I was at school, I would still see like, 9th and 10th graders with that awful raccoon look – and even worse, a few people my age.

  • http://www.facebook.com/themarifoster Mari Fray Foster

    I’d like to add that ELF’s all over color stick in Pink lemonade is another good alternative tot he cheek stain, and for only $1!

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