How I Did My Makeup in High School

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For this month’s makeup look, I wanted to share how I did my makeup in high school and create an updated version.

During high school, I had two different makeup styles: everyday and for photos. My everyday makeup consisted of concealer, powder foundation, under eye liner and a gloss or balm. For photos, my makeup was a more dramatic version of my everyday makeup, and I often used dark eyeshadow shades and a lip color that matched my look. For my look today, I based it on this photo from 2012 (the year I graduated from high school).

One of my makeup looks from high school

I used the same base as my everyday makeup in high school. In high school, I also started experimenting with blush along with highlighting so I used a little bit of highlighter on my cheeks and nose. I kept the dark eyeshadow look and instead of using eyeliner, I used eyeshadow underneath my eyes. Also, I opted to use a matching lipstick, and the JSC Soul Sucker liquid lipstick from the Halloween mystery box was a perfect match. However, the lipstick itself is patchy and requires multiple layers, so if you do not have the lipstick, I do not recommend purchasing it from resellers. I hope you enjoyed this throwback to how I did my makeup in high school and my updated version of my makeup from then.

My updated makeup look from high school

My updated makeup look from high school with eyes closed

The makeup products I used for my high school makeup look


Primer: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Concealer: Tarte Creaseless Concealer in Light and Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Light (review)

Foundation: NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation in Natural (review)

Blush: Soap & Glory Love at First Blush (review)

Highlighter: JSC x Manny MUA Skin Frost in Eclipse



Eye Shadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

Eye Shadow: Spiraling, My Ride’s Here, and Ranch from the JSC Conspiracy Palette

Mascara: Limited Edition Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes Mascara (review)



Lipstick: JSC Velour Liquid Lipstick in Soul Sucker



Jacket: Thrifted

Have you shared any makeup looks lately?


How I Did My Makeup in High School Pinterest pin

11 thoughts on “How I Did My Makeup in High School

    1. Thank you! That’s interesting your makeup hasn’t really changed b/c mine definitely has!
      Oh yes I feel you! I always used wet n wild, elf & NYX & now I use Tarte, Urban Decay, etc.

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  1. I looove the blue hair, you were much bolder than I could have ever been in high school! I remember wearing a lot of black eyeliner pencil only on my bottom lids, and plenty of spidery mascara because I had major lash envy (probably still do). Thankfully my makeup skills have refined a little since then!

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    1. Thank you so much! I had a TON of wigs in high school I would wear for photos. In college I actually dyed my hair crazy colors like blue, half black/half red & half black/half purple.
      Yes thankfully our makeup skills have improved since then haha


  2. omg, I love this post! So creative! I love the new look inspired by your old, genius idea! If only I didn’t delete all the embarrassing pics of my as a teen, I’d totally try this for my own pleasure! Hope you’re staying safe!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      That’s a shame! I still had some old photos on my computer from when I was in high school, but all myspace photos I deleted lol
      I am! & I hope you’re staying safe too!


  3. Love both the present and past looks . I used to have blue hair for years , but then I swapped it slowly for pink . I think my honestly my makeup may have gotten bolder and my products are a bit better . I remember wearing black lipstick and blue lipstick and it having the consistency of grease paint. Now theres all these nice finishes and formulas .

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