What College Has Taught Me About Makeup

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There are some things that college has taught me about makeup that I’ll never forget. I do not claim to be a makeup expert. I think I’ve been wearing the same eyeshadow/mascara combination since the 12th grade, but I do live with seven other girls, so we’ve pretty much tried it all in the safety of our room. But we’ve also SEEN it all worn around campus, and it’s not always pretty.

Bronzer: Calm down.

What you think you look like:

What you may actually look like:

The bottom line: copious amounts of bronzer will not actually make you tan. If it’s mid-January (and if you are as painfully Caucasian as I am), you aren’t fooling anybody into thinking you have a tan. And, mysteriously enough, applying bronzer to your face won’t instantly make your neck/the rest of your body bronze enough to match. Consider taking it easy on the bronzer if you aren’t, well, bronze.

Red Lipstick: you are not, in fact, a young Marilyn Monroe.

What you think you look like:

 

What you may actually look like:

It’s always fun to wear it out once in a while, but just know that when you roll into the cafeteria at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday during finals with bright red, perfectly lined lips, people are judging you. I don’t mean to be rude; please feel free to express yourself! I’ll just also feel free to despise you on sight. And if your parents still pay for your cell phone bill, you do NOT have a “signature red lip.” I promise you.

Eyeliner

What you think you look like:

What you may actually look like:

There’s really not much to say here. Less is more, I guess? Also, an hour before you have to leave for a formal may not be the best time to try out that cat-eye tutorial you found on Pinterest. I’m all for experimenting with new styles, but you might want to test them out in the privacy of your room a couple times before you debut them in the outside world. Hello fellas, here I am…

Dramatic and/or Extremely Dark Makeup

What you think you look like:

What you actually may look like:

There’s this girl at my college who my friends and I refer to as “Night Makeup Girl." We literally don’t know anything about her – her name, her age, or who she is – we just call her "Night Makeup Girl" and text each other when we spot her around campus. Please don’t be the "Night Makeup Girl" of your university. Leave the Queen of Darkness palette at home.

 

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