The Very First Makeup Product I Ever Received

I'm glad I was a child in the 90s & grew up in the early 2000s because so much has changed with the prevalence of social media. There's always the opportunity to compare yourself to others your age or in your field of work — beauty-wise, body-wise, success-wise.

When I was young I wasn't into makeup. I remember being a high schooler & I only occasionally dusted my visage with face powder because that was my idea of makeup. However, my first real genuine makeup product was given to me by my aunt. It was a slim black nameless tube of mascara. I have no idea what brand or what kind, all I know is that she brought it over from France. 

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I was quite intimidated by it too. I had no concept of mascara or how to apply it. It looked like an oddly shaped stick coated in thick, black goop. "I'm supposed to put this near my eyeball?" It seemed like something I would more than likely poke my eye out with.

It took me at least a couple months to finally utilize the scary thing, applying it with extreme caution & precision to my batting lashes. Although I likely applied one wimpy layer, it made me feel good. It made me feel grown-up, like an adult in charge. 

My first bout with mascara likely stimulated my ever-growing love of the stuff. I continue to search for that holy grail item. I recall contemplating why my aunt would supply me with such a gift, but I'm glad she did. She helped me venture out of my comfort zone, if only for a couple steps.

How about you? What was your very first makeup item? How did it make you feel? :]

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38 comments

  1. If you count the Lip Smackers...haha. I started kinda experimenting with makeup in 8th grade in 2002-2003. I bought eyeshadows from Claire's. But my first drugstore beauty brands were Cover Girl, Bonnebell, Wet n Wild and Almay. I always got my eyeshadows and eyeliner from Cover Girl, and I loved the lip glosses, pink body glitter in a tube, and bronzer from Bonnebell! Oh how the times have changed!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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  2. My very first make up product was a palette I bought with pocket money and to be honest it was hideous!! It was based on an 80's popstar called Toyah, if you google her it'll give you an idea of how hideous it was ha ha xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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  3. I got a bunch of lipglosses which were all sticky and awful! haha
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  4. You are so sweet, and i love your smile. Nice post

    DreamyDressShop

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  5. Great post ! I am a kid of the 80's and so happy about it for many reasons but one of them being that they were no 'social media' as we know it now (facebook, twitter etc) and life with a little bit less image related etc. I think my first make up must have been a lipstick! does a Barbie make up set count? hehe ! xx

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Mascara was definitely intimidating for me as well when I first got a tube. But it's quite addictive, as you said. I feel like mascara is accessible enough for anyone to use without going crazy with it, but it still shows what makeup can do, it's really interesting that way. I can't remember my first makeup product. It might have been a little eye shadow palette, but I really don't remember!

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

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  7. The first makeup product I ever received was a lip gloss -- if that counts as makeup. It was the ONLY makeup item I was allowed to use as a child, but I had no interest in makeup till last year, at the age of 17 when I actually started wearing it on my own.

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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  8. Ah this was cute to read! My first makeup was concealer haha. It took me years to work up to mascara. XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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  9. This is a lovely post! So interesting to think back to how you began to experiment with make-up. My first product was probably a glitter mascara or a lip gloss of some sort hahaha x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Lmao. I refused to line my eyes or use mascara when I was a teenager because I also had a fear of poking my eyes out. So that made me chuckle with memories. My first beauty product was stolen from my Mom's makeup cabinet. I would rock her Revlon lipstick in Raisin this deep burgundy/ wine color and it is still my favorite color lipstick to this day.
    LaToya
    www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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  11. I was much the same, I used to wear some very light powder and that was about it, but my mum gave me a Miss Sporty mascara and it took me a while to get the hang of it, but it was years before I got massively into make up when I was 18.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk

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  12. I had this massive eyeshadow palette that I had taken from my Mom's wardrobe, it was really cheap and contained over 100 eyeshadows, but it had some really lovely colours and I used it every day. I still have it, I don't use it anymore but I look on it with sentimental fondness.

    Kiran | www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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  13. Isn't it funny how strange it felt putting on makeup when we were younger. It tickled so much! Super cute post :)
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

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  14. My first makeup product was also a mascara and I felt exactly the same way haha :) This is such a lovely post, thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful day!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  15. I think my first makeup product had to be lipstick or something easy, I don't think I would have dealt with mascara too well haha. I still have trouble with it these days.. This post really brought me back to being young again, I'm glad I waited as long as I could before trying out makeup! I used to wear so much oh goodness it hurts just thinking about all of that unnecessary eye liner!

    My Lovelier Days

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  16. My first makeup product was mascara. I remember thinking about what a difference it made to curl my lashes and apply mascara! I am loving your blog girl. So glad to have found you <3

    Daisi Ari || http://www.onthecolorfulside.com

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  17. My first makeup product was lipgloss, I was so excited to west it on. Lol! But things have really changed since the 90s. Great post Hun.

    www.stellasglam.com

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  18. I enjoyed reading your story. Mascara can look great but its still one of those products I rarely wear. I dont remember my first makeup product but I do remember that when I was a child, I would try on my mother's red lipsticks when she left the house! They didnt look good on me then and still dont. So I'm a lip glass, lip gloss, lip brush kinday gal! Thanks for coming to my blog! ( :

    https://myfashionslashlife.wordpress.com/

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  19. I was never very much into makeup growing up either, I think it mainly was because my mom only really wore mascara when she put on makeup. I remember my older sister took a "modeling" class and they gave her a bunch of makeup and I tried on her "rouge"...needless to say I looked like a clown but that was my first venture into the makeup world.

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  20. Lip Smackers can count! I had my fair share of those bad boys too. Drug store products are perfect for anyone starting out in makeup. :]

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  21. HAhaha, I just Google Toyah so I understand the palette a bit more. Sounds vibrant. :]

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  22. I know what you mean. It's nice to have grown up a bit more distanced from social media & technology. A Barbie makeup set totally counts. What was in there? :]

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  23. Mascara makes all the difference to me. I love it. :]

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  24. Ah, you have so many years ahead of you, May. Enjoy your youth. :]

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  25. Oooh concealer. Yes! To hide the pimples brought on by puberty. The good old days. :]

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  26. That's so cool that Raisin has stayed as a favorite after all that time. Awesome. :]

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  27. I'm still not massively into makeup - definitely a work in progress. :]

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  28. I had a similar palette with 80 colors. I still have it too. Oh the memories. :]

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  29. Yes! It was so hard to maneuver the mascara too. :]

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  30. At least we can apply mascara without poking ourselves (most of the time)! :]

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  31. Thanks so much for visiting, Daisi Ari! :]

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  32. Was it glitter, clear, or colored? :]

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  33. That's probably why. My mom was a makeup minimalist as well, so it was something I had to discover myself. :]

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  34. Sorry girl instead of "west" I meant "wear" lol! I honestly cannot remember what it was...But I think it was the glitter kind.

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  35. The best kind, especially when you're a kid. :]

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