Ahh, yes, one of the perks of being a woman- makeup. Nothing says 'I'm feminine' more than locking yourself in the bathroom, making sure the lighting is just right so you don't come out looking like a hooker, and covering up every line or imperfection with gloppy gooey stuff that will probably melt off within a few hours.Whether you are a makeup wearer, or prefer to go all natural, it's still a topic of conversation amongst women.

I started wearing makeup as a freshman in high school, and went very minimalist with it. Face powder, thin eyeliner, mascara. That was it. Even if I ventured into eyeshadow, it was in the neutral range- brown in the crease, beige on the lid and the brow bone. Somewhere along the line, though, something changed. I'm not exactly sure when my obsession with makeup began, my need to acquire as many different crazy colors of eyeshadow and eyeliner possible, but soon, the makeup monster took over.

I want to say it all started only about 3, maybe 4 years ago. I got it stuck in my head that it was my job to prove to the world that bright blue eyeshadow did NOT automatically need to be associated with old ladies and hookers. My life then was very colorful; I owned a new age store, was getting into the tattooing world, I needed to experiment with color everyday, and really let my personality show on the outside of my body. Up until this point, my makeup routine consisted of foundation, concealer, powder, neutral eyeshadow, black eyeliner and mascara, sometimes lipstick (when I remembered). I picked up some of those liquid eyeshadows that you painted on like lip gloss, and fell in love. Those bad boys stayed on forever, bright as hell, never faded until I washed them off (at the time, Avon made them, but I think they've since discontinued the ones I used, blasted all). I found that I could use them alone and get dramatic eye makeup, or even lightly dust some powder eyeshadow over it in key areas for an even more amazing look.

My makeup routine quickly evolved...


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