My introduction to makeup was a dive into the deep end of the pool at the age of twelve. No, it was not because my mother taught it was okay but because I had a dance performance that required me to purchase my own makeup kit in addition to my outfit and hair extension and the whole nine.
I had been learning Bharathanatyam since the age of five and I had finally gotten to the point where I could perform. Yes, I was an embarrassment. I hated dance lessons back then, now I would sell my soul to go back to my dance school.
Anyway, I digress. I started off with a huge makeup collection. I had everything you could possibly want and need. Foundation, powder, eyeliner, eyeshadow in three different shades of pink, red lipstick, pencil liner, eyebrow pencil and more. But I feel like nothing in that kit matched me even in the slightest bit, I walked around the world and the stage grey and sad. Color correcting was unheard of. Foundation shades for my skin were impossible (at least close to) to find ten years ago. And I didn’t care because I wanted to fit in with the fairer and I thought a lighter foundation will make look lighter right, is that not how this works?
I had no clue how to use any of the makeup I owned. My mother and her friend helped me to get dolled up for performances. About a year later I decided to take a dip in that pool. Not a good idea. I showed up to family friend’s birthday party looking like a clown. Too much blush. A failed attempt at eyeliner. And to top it off, I think I tried to curl my hair that night. My mom was not pleased with my choices.
However, my skills have grown so much since that night. Much to mother’s disapproval makeup is now essential to my daily routine. I have learnt slowly, from my errors and with the guidance found on the internet. Now I feel like I need to give back to the universe.
When I started to wear makeup back in the day, contouring was not what it is now. I think highlighting was sort of a thing, but it is not the glow we get today. I am so grateful for how maekup has evolved and how the industry has changed.