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Monday, 11 October 2010

My eyebrows through the last 15 years!

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. I was tidying up my office and I found a few old photos that I have scanned. Lots of embarassing photos, however, not the most embarrasing ones. Those are under lock and key...



Here I am aged 18, I was at my first University Ball, it was exciting, loud and fun. My eyebrows were thin and high. I started plucking my eyebrows when I was 15, with zero guidance I went mad and plucked them away with little comprehension of what I was doing. Girls these days are so lucky to have YouTube!




Aged 20, another University Ball. This seems like the only time I ever have photos from University. I didn't own a camera back then. I loved this dress, my best friend's mum lent it to me as I couldn't afford to buy or rent one for the ocassion. I have loved the colour ever since. I think I loved my hair, it was long and thick. I never used any products or styling tools, it seems to be perfect post washing. Not long after I was diagnosed with Thyroid Disease so it began to thin.


Age 22, I think at this point I started to grow up. I had been working for a few months, cut my hair to a short bob and periodically came back to University to visit friends from the year below. At this point I remember using a tinted moisturiser mixed with normal moisturiser as a foundation. A bit of red lipstick and eyeliner and I was done.


On holiday in Kavos, Corfu aged 24. I remember being quite lean and boyish when I was in my mid 20's. I am glad I have curves now! I think I used to be a bit of a tomboy.

That was a great holiday, I met up with all my University friends for one last summer before moving away to London. I started to grow my eyebrows a bit thicker but I was still unsure of their right shape, they are too far apart still. I don't remember wearing make up at all during this holiday because it was so hot and sweaty there was little point. I was also covered in mosquito bites!


Aged 30, I had just met my fiance and was beginning to settle down a bit. A few months earlier I had a spa day treat for my 30th birthday. I had my eyerbrows waxed and shaped. They came out like this! It took a long time to grow them back! I absolutely hated how thin they are. By this time I had invested in foundation. But not blusher, which would have improved this look and made my face look less round.

The foundation is in the wrong shade, but then there weren't many specialist make up brands for Asian skin so I had to do the best I could! I am wearing too much black liquid liner which makes my eyes look tiny. I have red low lights in my hair, I thought they were lovely, but in fact they are awful.

There are so many make up no-nos in this photo that I can't begin to describe how uncomfortable publishing this photo makes me feel! I just want you to see that it's taken me years to learn about make up and that my journey is not yet complete! It was not long after this photo that I went on a few courses to learn about make up and started my YouTube channel.



So that brings us to today, aged 34.5! I think my eyebrows are on track, the right (your right) needs to grow a little thicker but I like the shape at last. My foundation is sorted I am wearing the correct shade and using techniques to enhance my eye shaape and face shape I feel comfortable at last.

I hope you enjoyed my embarassing photo montage! I'd love to hear about your make up revelations!

27 comments:

  1. jasmine, you are looking better with time!! :)

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  2. I can't believe youare 34, actually. I thought you were like 26, really!

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  3. I did enjoy this! I also found it kind of reassuring that you've only really become a makeup guru in the last few years. I'm 32 and have only just started really making an effort with makeup. You're very inspiring. :)

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  4. Gee I would never have guessed you are over 28! Your skin looks so gorgeous and you seem shiny and young at heart to me! I just hope I will look like you in 12 years (yes I am that small ;)).

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  5. You were very beautiful with the bob. I also like the photo you look "boyish" lol! And now you are a pretty young woman with a very nice make up :=)

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  6. 34!!!! Oh My Gosh!!!! I hope i age as well as you!! xxx

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  7. You look stunning in every picture Jasmine. I enjoyed looking at all of them. I wish my skin was always as pretty as yours! You never had a bad skin/hair day in the pics. and that bob suits you a lot. The current picture is the prettiest thought :) You remind me so much of Courtney Cox in your uni years.

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  8. You are very brave to publish these -- though I don't think they are nearly as bad as you think they are.

    I remember a photo of me from Easter one year. I was wearing peach blush and peach lipstick -- it looked awful. I am way too pale and cool toned to wear that color. Thank God I've learned since then!

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  9. Wow! Jasmine, you really haven't aged much at all you lucky thing! Definitely think the makeup has improved, but the rest is still bright and beautiful. :) xxx

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  10. Ahh Jasmine, these are lovely!! I wish I looked that good at 18...maybe I'll be brave and publish some of my own photos on my blog too! You must take such good care of your skin and have excellent genes as you have hardly aged (there is more maturity and wisdom...but wow your skin looks amazing!). Thanks for posting, this made me smile :) Xxx

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  11. What an interesting post! I was just thinking to myself that when I look back at old photos a lot of the times I look different it's because my eyebrows are different. Btw you look gorgeous in all the pictures, but especially the most recent one! x

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  12. I think as we move through our 20s we find a style we're comfortable with and I love your look now. Would never guess you're 34! You still look about 28!

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  13. i thought you where much younger than that!! loved this post, it's great to see the change through the years! very brave of you :)

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  14. I used to think turning 30 was the beginning of the end, but to be honest it was the beginning of feeling more confident and happy in my own skin.

    All comments relating to me looking younger than my actual age are always appreciated though!!

    @Terri I have a BSs and MSc, both in sciences/computing.

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  15. I loved your journey Jasmine!! :) You're so sweet and pretty! :)

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  16. U look soooo awesome now, ur journey has been fruitful! way to go for more improvements sweetie!

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  17. Cool, That's one interesting fact i didn't know about you :)

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  18. I think you looked stunning with the bob :)

    Also, you have the advantage of looking absolutely unaged since age 18, it's astonishing!

    Congrats on not trying to hide your evolution and make it like you were always this grown up and pulled together, not many (public) people would admit to not having always been closest to their "perfect" standards!

    Not saying anyone is perfect here, obviously. But most of us always try and be as close to what we consider "perfect" (albeit used loosely) as possible, and getting there can be a very rocky journey.

    You're gorgeous =)

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  19. Hi
    You seem to be aging gracefully, not that 34 is old.
    I am of Indian descent and find it a problem to find sutbale foundation shades. Please share some pointers on brands that cater for Indian skintones. Also, please share what foundation/s you use as well as the shade/s.

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  20. I'm turing 30 soon! You looks so good, thought you was younger xx

    www.outside-and-in.blogspot.com

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  21. You are so pretty jasmine!! Wonderful memories. And gosh! I can't believe you are 34.5 now!! I thought you were 26-27 only!! Great going girl!! I religiously read your posts, but commenting first time!! :)

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  22. Thanks again for all your lovely comments ladies! xx

    @Sterling, if you look at my reviews and videos I always list shades and brands used so I hope that helps you with your choices.

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  23. Jasmine,
    I have been looking at your blog for quite some time for inspiration for makeup and more specifically for makeup appropriate for Indians indivdiduals; however I have never felt the need to post until now. You are absolutley gorgeous and your pictures were so beautiful that I had to post!

    Thank you for all of your posts and sharing your talent.

    Truly yours,
    Jess

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  24. I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did! I can empathize with you on the embarrassment of old photos.. though I thought you looked beautiful in every single one. But we all have our personal insecurities which no one can talk us out of. Thank you for sharing with us!

    I was also pleasantly surprised to learn you're 34, I would have guessed much younger! But I'm so glad to find an "older" makeup guru who has only been doing this for the last few years. I love makeup too, and would love to be a professional in the field someday. However I'm 25, and I sadly feel already too old in the midst of so many 18-year-olds in the industry. You have inspired me, so thank you and please keep up the wonderful work! :)

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  25. Hi Jasmine,

    Thank you for sharing your moments of truth with all your fans here! You are truly an evolved make up artist. You look so confident n gorgeous.... an eye candy for all, I must say. :)

    I am not too sure about the exact shape of my face and so I goof up with my make up at times. Is there a way I can email you a pic of mine for you to guide me further on what's too much n what's too little for me?

    Thanks in advance.

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  26. Hey, was reading this article of yours and was scrolling down to the end and said to myself - can you really be 35, would not have thought that...I thought you were about 26...

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