Why You Must Never Let Anyone Do Your Makeup
By Imani, age 15, South Africa
"Ten years from now, this will be hilarious."
This is what I find myself saying over and over again, just to console myself or others. I know it's cliche. I am sure everyone has had those days when something extremely embarrassing happens and you just want to run away and hide. Like if, as you are accepting an award at school, your heel breaks, and *thud!* you fall on the floor. Or, you are out with your mates, and you're sitting across the table from your crush, and you choke. I certainly have had those times. Not just embarrassing things, but really silly mistakes.
The Valentine's Dance was coming, and all the excitement of a dance, like shopping for clothes, and doing hair and makeup ... all that girly fun stuff. I had prepared everything the weekend before. I bought a red top, a pink top and belt, and a really cute purse. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. I was bound to look stunning.
At school I had worn my new red shirt, with 3/4 pants and purse. I had received so many compliments, and I didn't even wear any makeup. I don't usually wear makeup, except for lip gloss. As Lil Mama says, "my lipgloss is poppin".
Straight after school, my friend and I spent the afternoon at her house to get ready, from picking our outfits to doing each other's nails. She offered to be my stylist for the day. It was fun as she painted my nails hot pink and black. Then it was makeup time. As I mentioned before, I am not big on makeup, but for this night I wanted to do something "daring". She applied the makeup, including the foundation. I was too busy feeling "glamorous" to actually notice what was wrong with my face ... to notice what was wrong with the foundation. It was made for a skin tone way lighter than mine.
After getting all glammed up, we took a few photos and got to the dance. We both had fun, dancing and all that. As the dance was coming to an end I took a photo of myself with another girl. After taking the picture, I looked at the photo. I could not believe it! I looked like a ghost! I was all pale. I was so upset, I ran to the bathroom and looked carefully. My face was ghastly pale, and it was all because of the foundation being way too light. My friend's foundation was very light since she had light skin, but my skin was dark. It looked like someone had put baby powder all over my face!
A few days after the dance I heard somebody say, "Remember that day when you tried to wear makeup?"
So that is why I do my own makeup. This is, of course, one of the embarrassing things I still laugh about. It is quite funny though ... I guess.