Do you remember when was the first time you got your first makeup product? I’m not talking about sneaking into your mum’s room and playing with her makeup products. I’m talking about your first ever product that you saved money to get? How did your first makeup love start?

Good old days… Whenever mum was busy doing something, I’d sneak into her room to try some lipsticks and pose in front of the mirror. I knew that sooner or later, I’d get my hands on my own stuff. Just had to be patient and old enough!

I still remember the time, it was summer, when I got my hands on my first ever makeup product. It was a black eye pencil! Beauty, teenage magazines were the inspiration for me, so I just copied what I saw on the magazines. When my brother saw me, he was shocked and asked “What the heck did you do to your eyes?”. I was silly enough to think he wouldn’t notice it. It was just too much, I ended up having gothic eye makeup. After that experience, I managed to learn how to apply it lightly.

Also, I was kinda lucky because whenever I wanted to try something I’d tell my dad and he would get it from his friend’s beauty store. Of course back then my makeup knowledge was limited and all the brands I knew were from the teenage magazines. One time I remember asking him, if he could get foundation and powder for me so I’d cover up my spots. What’s the logic? He didn’t say no and came home with a big bag full of products! Then the foundation application another disaster, I wish I had known the importance of “blending”. Oh well, we learn from our mistakes, right?

My first ever lipstick was from Maybelline, it was icy pink colour and I paid so much to get it. When you keep seeing the adverts on TV, you want things and when you get your hands on it then you kinda feel special and happy. Good old times!

Now everything is way easier for people who want to start makeup. There are so many stores and so many options from drugstore to high end. It wasn’t that affordable and easy to get your hands on the products almost 20 years ago, especially when you’re just a student. I still wouldn’t want to change the time I grew up!

How about your first makeup love story? How did you get into makeup? Which was the first product you got saving your money? If you had a chance, would you want to change the time you grew up?

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  • Yiotou_La

    I wish I knew all about blending years ago, I remember my teenager self applying eyeshadow ( I think it was green or light blue) and leaving it that way on the top of my lid, I even have pictures of me attending a friend’s birthday party looking like that, oh god, it was terrible. My first product was a nude pink lipstick, thank god I chose a nice shade and not a neon or one that would look ridiculous on me (like that eyeshadow haha).


  • My first makeup item was mascara, which I would apply right before school and attempt to remove before I got home. Of course my parents noticed, and my father was furious. My mother just laughed and started to teach me.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • My mom had this dove blue eyeshadow from L’Oréal that I just thought was the prettiest. So I loved to play with it haha, I looked crazy! But I still remember how amazed I was with the color, like, can you actually wear pretty colors on you skin? Haha! Xx

  • Siffat Haider

    Haha I remember going through my mom’s lipsticks too! The first product I bought was actually red lipstick, and 12 years later, my love affair with it is still going strong!

  • What a lovely post! I remember having an icy pink lipstick myself 😀

    Gemma x

  • I’m sure I bought some hideous blue eyeshadow first because i thought it was really cool! x

  • I think my first proper makeup purchase was a Rimmel stick concealer but I used to nick my Mam’s makeup all the time. Oh and clear mascara – we weren’t allowed to wear makeup to school so we all wore that – why, I’ll never know! lol! xx


  • I used to get so many hand me downs or almost finished products from my aunts and I loved it! I remember buying a little eyeshadow palette and putting baby pink glitter eyeshadow on all the time!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

  • Charlotte

    This is such a lovely post but I couldn’t help giggle at the incident including the black liner and your brother haha! Sorry! I literally have no clue how or why I started to love makeup..
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

  • I was actually really lucky as a young teenager as far as foundation and bronzers go. My Mom loved bareMinerals, so I always got to use those products and she taught me how to blend everything well. All of my friends liked the dark black eyeliner trend (on top AND bottom lids), though, so I did that. My Mom hated it, but I just “had to do it.” Boy did I look stupid haha Ohhh well 🙂

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    xo, mikéla /

  • Aw such a sweet post! I don’t know why I got into makeup – probably to make myself look a bit better lo!! X

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  • Katie

    I remember I used to buy a lot of Dollar Tree makeup! Going for something like Maybelline was a major splurge for me, too, haha. Love this post, so much nostalgia!

    Beauty From Katie

  • I never liked makeup, not in my teens, not even when I was in my 20s. Makeup was something that I had to use because of work instead of passion but that all changed in my 30s. I guess I was a late bloomer and my first visit to Sephora that changed all that. LOL!

  • I got a bright red lipstick first! It took me a while to learn how to apply it properly. By the way, your most recent post is not showing on the top of your blog for me but as the second post, it’s been that way for a while but I might be the only one to see it like that

  • Oh, the horrors of makeup first! Loved hearing your story. I can’t exactly remember the first ever makeup tool of mine but I want to think that it was a lipstick that I bought with my own saved money. Then followed an eye shadow but it all was a disaster. I looked more like a clown than anything 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Such a wonderful post! I used to steal all of my mum’s lipsticks and make up. The first lipstick I bought was a red one and I think it’s just a classic. It was super fun to read about your experience with makeup for the first time!

  • Emily

    I actually came into beauty really late! I remember being on a school camp holiday and there was going to be a disco. Everyone started getting ready and putting on all this make-up (aged 11!) and I was just looking around me, panicking as I had nothing to use – not that I’d know how to use it! How times change eh?

    Musings & More

  • Awe this is cute! My first makeup product was the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (the shade was too pinky for me, and I didn’t understand the concept of blending either) , then an Essence waterproof eyeliner I wore in g7. I learned eyeliner pretty quickly with online tutorials. My mum never had lots of makeup, and she was wayyy lighter in skin tone than me anyways. I think the most she had was a kohl liner. Cute post x

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
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  • I still remember the battle of trying to get my mom to let me wear eyeliner in the 7th and 8th grade. I thought crayon liner on the bottom water line was all the rage, and would wear just that…. no eye shadow, no foundation, no lip color, just the eyeliner in my waterline. Glad those days are gone!

    :~) alexandra |

  • My first ever beauty product was a blue eyeshadow. The colour was so terrible and it didn’t suit me but I still insisted on wearing it. I cringe at the thought of it now.

  • I love the story of your dad getting you makeup. I will never forget one time I was in my mom’s room using her eyeliner and my dad saw me and got mad! Now I wear so much makeup!

    My Vogue Style |

  • I think mine was flavored lip balms. LOL I loved those. Then I moved on to either Maybelline or Covergirl makeup. Loved reading about your story Ela. Your father was the best!

  • Ahh I remember I used to sneak mascara in my school bag and put it on once I got there, no idea why I tried to hide this from my Mum haha!

    Alice | alicemaysnell

  • Such a lovely post. I remember being very young and playing with my mum’s and older sister’s makeup. It wasn’t long till I had my first nail polish and clear lipgloss 😉 hahaha! xxx

  • What a great post! I love talking about old beauty loved! I think my first love as a M&S lipstick called Taupe, perfect colour. Also, trying Dior and Chanel products in my teens thanks to mums luxurious makeup wardrobe …I don’t think she was too pleased HOWEVER she inspired my makeup love 😉

    Laura xo