I do love a good YouTube challenge and the most recent one I’ve seen is the ‘Throwback Make Up’ tag. YouTubers are recreating the make up they used to wear in school and the results are hilarious. So I decided to get involved… take a look at my throwback make up video below!
I didn’t really wear make up at school: I went to a fairly strict school 6 days a week and when I wasn’t at school I didn’t really have much interest in cosmetics. I had fairly good skin so any additions to my face were lip balm and a little eyeliner if I was feeling really rebellious…!
My make up history is intertwined with my rosacea story, so I thought I would combine the two in this video. I started wearing make up when my rosacea was first diagnosed as a way to hide my skin; to make myself invisible again; to try to regain some of my decimated confidence. But because I hadn’t really worn make up before (and this was in the years before YouTube and blogs) I had absolutely no idea what I was doing!
In this video I talk a bit more openly and honestly about my skin condition than I have done before on YouTube which was tough for me, but I hope that some people watching can relate to the message. I think the feelings of shame, embarrassment, anger, and ugliness are ones that people with any kind of skin ailment can sympathise with.
I hope you enjoy my throwback make up video. If you do, it would mean a lot to me if you shared it on social media. Hopefully it will reach people who need to hear this message: yes, skin conditions can be awful and can make you feel helpless when you don’t recognise the face in the mirror, but those feelings don’t have to be permanent. I’ve learned to alter my lifestyle to work around my rosacea and my make up skills have definitely improved since the days when I thought concealer could/should go *everywhere*… but I’ve also learned to be kinder to myself. Stress and a lack of sleep are guaranteed to make my skin flare up so I try to take care of myself mentally as well as physically to help me control my rosacea as much as I can. And part of this is acknowledging your skin condition but not letting it define you.
I’d love to watch your videos if you do this throwback make up video yourself, or hear about your early steps into make up. The comments are all yours!
Products used in this video (may be affiliate, for more information please see my disclaimer tab at the top of the page):
Natural Collection Cover-Up Concealer
Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara
Revlon Just Bitten Colorburst Balm Stain in ‘Rendezvous’
Nails – Mavala ‘Velvet’