18 vs 30 No Make-Up


Ha, one of the rare evidence of me with my lip piercing. Sometimes I miss it, but only in memory. I gave it another go when I was like, 23 and took it out after a day or two. I also had a nose piercing during that time and it was just too much for me. I didn’t (and still don’t) have the attitude to pull it off and it didn’t really fit my personal aesthetics. Even now I think here and there about putting back in my nose ring; it’s not fitting for who I am. Same goes for blonde hair – but that has more to do with laziness and the unwillingness to personally maintain it.

I wish I took better care of my skin back then, or at the very least, wore sunscreen on my face. I didn’t know how to take care of myself back then and it felt like so much work based on what I saw of my mum. I took my skin for granted and wore foundation when I didn’t really need it because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. Ha, I did this even though I didn’t know how to properly do my make up. I also did it because it’s like, part of the package and I haaated how I looked without makeup. It’s not like I had to wear makeup every time I left my house or anything. I just didn’t feel pretty and was lowkey self-conscious.

Confession: I didn’t really know how to do my make up until like my mid-20’s, if not even later. I mean, it gradually got better but it was never like, consistently good. I still don’t actually know how to but I don’t wear as much as I used to. 

Side note: Tattooing my eyebrows was seriously one of the best decisions I’ve made and I wish I had done it sooner. That, a super simple skin routine and growing out my eyelashes rather than putting on fake ones (strip or individuals) is the reason I don’t care for putting on makeup unless I have a reason to.

These days my skin has cleared up a lot and stays mostly clear. The acne scars (cus I’m a picker) and sunspots are there. Occasionally people think they’re freckles (which I don’t agree with). The years in between these two photos were full of phases, experimenting with looks, and so so much insecurity and low self-esteem. I can say the me on the right is confident with a bare face (unless I’ve gained weight, but that’s not as big of an issue anymore). I’ve come along ways from the left photo, inside and out.


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