Angela Melero, Senior Editor
"I was a teenager in the early 2000s, so it’s safe to say I stuck to a very futuristic, millennial theme when it came to my beauty look. Yup, with all the glitter and neon makeup (hello, blue eye shadow!) shellacked across my face, you could see me coming a mile away. And, while I still have love for bright, sparkly makeup, I believe there should be a strategy behind its execution — something I clearly did not implement as a high school disco ball. Shimmer lotion, glitter eyeliner, metallic lip gloss … I owned and wore it all (at once).
Another fun makeup memory consists of my devotion to the '90s lipliner trend. In my attempt to mimic the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, I was completely obsessed with chocolate brown lip liner and nude lipstick. Are you picturing it? It was every bit as horrific as you could imagine. I still remember my mother’s knowing glance as I pranced out the door with my mismatched lips. The glance that said, 'I’m going to let you look like a fool for a bit in the name of ‘individuality’ and ‘find yourself.’' Well, I found myself all right. I found myself cringing over every picture from my 13th year."
"As much as I criticize and joke about my past makeup faux pas, I admit that my interests have not changed a ton in the last 15 years. I still love glitter and bright-colored makeup, but I like to think I take a much more mature approach to it now. I’m also happy to report my relationship with lipstick has evolved and is still going VERY strong. I’ve traded in my chocolate liner/nude lipstick duo for more vibrant (and cohesive) pairings. My lipstick collection now consists of bright reds (Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb is my lipstick soulmate), pinks and purple shades that I literally can’t get enough of. And now I have a signature nude hue that I wear with an invisible liner or on its own."
Diana Crisan, Editor
"I probably made more beauty mistakes than I could count back in my high school days. From applying thick, black charcoal to my waterline every five minutes (because it would never last and always end up around my under eye area) to most definitely wearing foundation that was several shades too dark, I'm not sure what I was thinking. Of course, Mom told me I was being ridiculous, but what does she know when you're 14, right? I should have listened, seeing as it would have saved me a lot of embarrassment!
Thankfully, over the years you learn the tips and tricks of proper makeup application, like where bronzer should REALLY be applied (not all over your face, as teenage Diana did) and that you can actually make your eyes stand out without gooping on product. My how times have changed. It's interesting to think back at how much makeup I'd apply (seriously, like layers and layers) and now, a good 10-years later, I spend my mornings blending my life away until I perfect the 'no-makeup makeup' look."
"Sure there's still a handful of steps in my attempt at looking like I'm not really wearing much makeup at all. And while I swear by my BB cream and mascara obsession, my key to always looking bright-eyed and well-rested is this magical golden pen — the YSL Touche Écat highlighter. It literally travels everywhere with me and I even made my mom get one so I can 'borrow' it whenever I visit. I dab it along my brow bone, Cupid's bow, forehead and under eye are for instant radiance. Here's to looking luminous in 2016, now that I know better!"
Shontel Horne, Social Strategist
"In a dream world, I’d love to forget most of the beauty choices I made when I was a young makeup novice, but old yearbook pictures, prom portraits and friends tagging you in #TBT photos from the 11th grade all ensure that never happens! Whether I was lining my already-full lips with black liner (I know, I know) or waxing my eyebrows so thin that they resembled twigs on my forehead, I still cringe when I catch a glimpse of my poor choices, some of which my mom keeps in frames for the world to see.
But you live, you learn, right? While I still freely experiment with bold eye shadows and a wide array of lip colors and finishes on a daily basis, my approach now is much more focused and polished. I’ve learned to play up my best features in a way that is appropriate for my face (thanks for the bold brows, Dad) and if I do walk on the wild side with my makeup, it’s for a specific purpose."
"I’ll never forget the day I started applying kohl eyeliner to my waterline. I was a college freshmen and I’d just moved in with a roommate who had the most beautifully lined eyes I’d ever seen. Though I’ve toned down how often I line my waterline with a jet black liner over the years, I always make sure there’s a Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama on hand for when I need to make my look extra sultry. And yes, I’ve learned to keep the liner on my eyes and AWAY from my lips."