Bushy Eyebrows And 9 Other Makeup Mistakes We All Made In High School

Bushy Eyebrows And 9 Other Makeup Mistakes We All Made In High School

I have no problem calling out 2012-2016 me. I have no idea who she was.

Makeup is truly an art form. Your face is the canvas, and your makeup brushes coated with foundation and eyeshadows is essentially your paint brush.

And I’ll never clock a girl (or guy) for wearing makeup and expressing themselves — regardless if I like the look they created or not.

But we’re not talking about everyone else — we’re talking about the makeup mistakes I, unfortunately, made back in high school. I have no problem calling out 2012-2016 me. I have no idea who she was.


I’m starting off strong here — like how I use to do my awful eyebrows. That being said, I like to think I’ve gotten significantly better at doing them. They’ll never be perfect, and I’ll probably never be completely satisfied with them, but I’ve come to the sad conclusion that they’re sisters and not twins.

2. Choosing the wrong foundation shade

I use to think I’m lighter than I actually am. It never once crossed my pubescent mind that I was actually fairly tan. Not like, Shay Mitchell tan, but not Casper the Friendly Ghost pale either.

It took me much longer than I’d like to admit to pick the right foundation shade for my skin tone. To this day, I still don’t know if I picked the right shades. I just wing it… like my eyeliner.

3. THICK eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eyelids

I almost forgot about this one. It was middle school. It was dark times for little twelve or thirteen year-old-me — which also is coincidentally how I did my eyeliner. Too dark and too thick. You could spot those suckers a mile away.

4. Applying too much glue on my eyelashes, not waiting for them to get tacky before sticking them onto my eyelashes, and essentially gluing my eyelids shut

OK, so it’s never that extreme, but you get the point.

5. Not removing the glue from my false eyelashes before re-gluing them back onto my eyelids (EW)

Don’t say it. I know, I’m disgusting and shouldn’t be allowed near makeup. But can you blame me? I was young and naive. Plus, I was born with short, spider lashes — if you can even call those things that.

6. Not applying mascara to blend my real and fake eyelashes together

This is actually a crucial step in my eye makeup routine that I tend to forget and neglect. There’s nothing worse than turning to the side and seeing my short, spider lashes sticking straight out from my false, beautiful lashes.

7. Not applying moisturizer on my dry face

I have extremely dry skin, and I’ve definitely noticed quite a difference in the way my foundation sits on my face when I don’t apply moisturizer on it. It’s worse than applying too much foundation on. The cake is real, y’all.

8. Wearing the wrong lipstick shade

Some lip colors, admittedly, are more flattering on my skin tone than others. To this day, it’s still hard to find what shade works best. I like to play it safe, though. Dark reds, dark pinks, and dark nudes all the way!

9. Not blending my foundation down to my neck

I never saw the point… until I really looked at myself in the mirror.

10. Contouring

Just flat out contouring. I suck at it, but I still try my best.

Like I said, makeup is an art form. There’s no right or wrong way of doing it. If you think it looks good on you, then that’s all that matters.

And to all of you struggling middle and high schoolers just now discovering the wonders of makeup… practice makes perfect. Don’t forget that while you’re applying your blue eyeshadow with a makeup sponge and using concealer as foundation.

Oh, and watch beauty gurus on YouTube for help and inspiration.

Cover Image Credit: ThatBeautyPage88

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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The Faces And Future Of Sustainability In The Fashion Industry

The science is unanimous: climate change is real, and it's only getting worse.


While the conversation surrounding climate change is often plagued by alarmist statements and perilous precautions, there is a practical and hopeful narrative that can be found in its solutions. As much finger pointing as society likes to do, the causes of climate change would take all ten fingers and more to point out the root issues. One of the culprits that hit closest to home is the fashion industry. As an aspiring design major, I've been directly faced with the reality of the industry's harmful habits. Quick turnaround, high demand, and evolving expectations make the production environment very complex to navigate at the least.

Although the fashion industry caters to just about 7 billion people, it doesn't excuse companies, brands, and labels from producing at the expense of our world. Despite the long-held attitude of indifference towards its side-effects; as of late, climate science has left no choice for the industry but to change course. The science has made it evident that we've run out of time to be apathetic; action must be taken, and it must be taken now.

Enter the side of the climate change conversation that's introduced a variety of initiatives to promote change. Whether it's recycling ocean plastic into tennis shoes like Adidas, using up waste fabrics from larger companies like Zero Waste Daniel, or Kate Hudson's Happy x Nature, which has been developed from sustainable materials, the fashion industry is venturing into a greener future.

Adidas first announced its plans to create a sneaker from recycled ocean plastic in 2015, "Parley for the Oceans." Since the release of their first tennis shoe four years ago, they sold 5 million pairs in 2018, and they're aiming to turn out 11 million pairs in 2019. Ocean plastic is a huge threat to marine life, and it's not enough to just stockpile it in a landfill. Adidas's product development team cleverly provided a solution for at least some of that plastic. What's great about the shoe, too, is that it retails right around the price point of most of their other styles at around $130.

Alongside Adidas's recycling, Zero Waste Daniel, a designer based in Brooklyn, NY, has made it his mission to use excess fabric scraps from the industry in his own designs. Using a number of techniques, Daniel combines these remnants into new fabrics, fashions them into appliqués or mosaics, or creates whole garments. Alarmingly enough, it's reported that about 21 billion pounds of waste textiles are going to the dump from the US alone. By gathering up the leftovers from other companies, his products are helping to prevent the wastes from continuing to end up in landfills.

Although not made from reused fabrics, Kate Hudson's latest fashion venture, Happy x Nature, is produced solely from sustainable materials. The fibers of the fabrics are made from recyclables like plastic bottles, and the packaging is stated to be biodegradable. Not only is the new line eco-friendly, but it's also relatively affordable with prices ranging from $45 to $150. Let me tell you, Hudson really knocked it out of the park with this concept. I've browsed through the pieces and have fallen in love with the majority. The pieces are seriously adorable and so trendy, but the biggest seller is that I can feel good about purchasing them.

While recycling ocean plastic and sourcing waste fabrics are important strides in the right direction, consumers play an enormous role in this issue. For any of these initiatives to work, there must be consumer demand at the other end of the product. Companies and brands need to see potential consumers for greener products in order to place such products on the market. As such, as consumers, we should reevaluate our own shopping habits in regards to the apparel industry. We must take accountability for how much we purchase, how often we purchase, and how we manage the clothes after we've bought them. Our demands as customers must also align with the push for greener production and shopping patterns.


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