Throwback Make Up Video + My Rosacea Story

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!

throwback make up video

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!

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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’



    • Lex
      24th September 2016 / 11:04 am

      Haha oh that was such a strong 90s look… I knew you’d appreciate the Courtney Love inspired make up 🙂

  1. Faith
    15th September 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Laughing so hard at this, because I completely relate! In the mid-late 90’s I used to do the same thing as you with concealer over my rosacea… But AFTER I covered it with one of those green concealer sticks… Then I would cover it in what can only be described as ‘orange’ face powder. Set with a lovely terracotta lippy or heather shimmer… Not forgetting the eyeliner (and pretty sure I didn’t bother with mascara). Oh the horror!!

    Faith x

    • Lex
      24th September 2016 / 10:59 am

      Oh wow. I bet that looked really natural and subtle…! What was the 90s child’s aversion to mascara?! It makes no sense!

  2. 15th September 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Oh bless! I know how you feel, thinking about how I used to do my make up makes me want to be sick as well!

    For me it was, dream matte mousse foundation, because literally everyone wore it at my high school even though it dried out your skin something awful! Applied with one of those horrible puff things usually for powder which came in packs of three in boots

    Then a stick concelear, probably rimmel, just drawn all over my face and rubbed in. Classy.

    Then the Rimmel stay clear powder, which i actually still use but with a horrible manky old brush i think my grammy had bought me from woolies. Was like a wire brush, honestly.

    Then yep, same for the eyes. Miss Sporty eyeliner on the water line and that maybelline define-a-lash mascara that separated your lashes into sexy spider legs.

    Then bronzer that was on the cover of a Bliss magazine that i sort of smeared on my face until someone made a tide mark joke and I threw it in the bin. I think I only started wearing blush when I was about 19 or 20!

    On special occasions though, it was all about the matching Virgin Vie turquoise mascara and eyeliner combo. Honestly, I looked a right idiot!

    • Lex
      24th September 2016 / 10:57 am

      Oh my gosh, I have such a clear picture in my mind of this make up look! The girls growing up with access to YouTube tutorials don’t know they’re born :’D

  3. 23rd September 2016 / 6:18 am

    Hey Lex,

    As it is seen, women are always curious on wearing trendy and effective make up and they are interested a lot on cosmetics too. I got amazed to hear that you didn’t used to wear make up at school. I would like to remind you that, me and my sister too, come to a fairly strict school, and fashion and make up is not allowed there.

    I became fan of your simple style and you look more beautiful in simple make up. Watching your ‘throwback make up video’ was awesome and I bookmarked this post to show my sister. I hope, she will like watching this make up video.

    You are looking pretty good in simple make up. Thanks for sharing such inspirational video on make up.
    With best wishes.
    – Ravi.

    • Lex
      24th September 2016 / 10:55 am

      Thank you Ravi, I think I look awful with this make up but everyone has a different preference! I’m glad you enjoyed the video 🙂

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