When my mother was at work, I would delight in experimenting at her dressing room table. Her brown-hued Dior lipsticks were smeared, her Chanel No 5 was sprayed, and her drugstore, multi-coloured eyeshadow palette was spread across my entire face. I looked like a novice clown. Times have changed, but I’m more determined than ever, to relive my childhood beauty routine.
Damage was at a minimum
I once became obsessed with blow-drying my hair. Every few months, my mum would have to travel away for work, and she packed her blow-dryer along with her. Distraught – me and my sister had no choice but to attempt to dry our hip-length hair with a fan. Yes, we thought that would work.
The other hair memory I have, is doing absolutely nothing. Washing my hair and letting nature take its course. No wonder, my hair back then was healthier, shinier and much-longer.
To my teenage horror, this is what I’ve gone back to. This childhood beauty routine of simply washing my hair and leaving it to air-dry. It saves me numerous minutes each morning, and I’m less consumed by split-ends.
Chemicals were less present
I wrote recently about dangers of chemicals in beauty products. The facts I discovered are shocking. The billion-dollar beauty industry is extremely unregulated. The older we get, the more we’re encouraged to buy a wider selection of products.
Beauty items are packed full of chemicals. Unless you opt for natural, you are most-likely applying dozens of chemicals to your skin on a daily basis.
As a child, I stuck to the basics. My main concern was hygiene and protection. How did I allow myself to stock up on bath bombs and self-tan, when I wasn’t applying SPF routinely?
Whilst I still use makeup with chemicals, I’ve tried to simplify my regime. I’m investing in healthier products and avoiding anything unnecessary.
Natural beauty radiated
It’s an understatement to say I was insecure as a child. All I wanted was to look older and emulate glamorous 90’s stars. But I did have to accept my appearance as the only makeup I owned was a shimmer lip gloss collection.
I can’t say I’ll stop wearing makeup or that I think people are better without it. However, I do try to embrace more natural days. My cosmetic routine is sizeable quicker. What was an hour in the morning, is now 20 minutes.
I left my features alone – specifically my eyebrows
I still remember the day I had my eyebrows waxed away. I hated how thick and bushy they were, especially in contrast to my classmates. Thin brows took over my face for a decade. I loved trying to make them look defined and strongly angled.
These past months, I have stepped away from my tweezers. I’m really enjoying just letting my eyebrows grow how they want and not painstakingly trying to fix them to some angled shape.
Another thing I’m now leaving alone is my hair. Cutting it into a bob was an amazing feeling and I have no regrets about going short. But now I’m at a stage where I want my hair down to my hips – I truly don’t ask for much.
Childhood beauty routine – did I have it all figured out back then?
There is something very chic and French about having a care-free, laid-back attitude to beauty. This article isn’t to suggest that we or I should stop being glamorous. I still love cosmetics, treatments and pampering.
But from this piece, I’ve reminded myself that there is a glamour and a beauty to simplicity. With all the pressure to contour and highlight our faces, maybe our childhood beauty routines can remind us to find balance.
How would you describe your beauty routine? How long does it take you to get ready?