Practice Makes Perfect


This is a guest post by Olivia. She blogs about beauty and lifestyle over at

When I think back to when I was 16 years old, makeup was the furthest thing from my mind!

I was a bit of a tomboy and didn’t actually start to dabble with beauty products until I started university.

Since then, I have learned a lot, mostly through trial and error.

Some days, I experienced a liquid eyeliner disaster! While other days my eyeshadow was on point.

If I had the chance to go back to give my 16-year-old self-tips and tricks…here are a few things I would cover: 

Take Care of Yourself

At 16, you probably have a lot of things going on.


Perhaps you are in sports or other extra-curricular activities. Not much changes when you become an adult. If anything, you only get busier!

Regardless of your age, take the time to take care of yourself. While the there is that saying that says “beauty is only skin deep”, it really starts from within.

Things like…

  1. Getting enough sleep
  2. Eating healthy
  3. Exercising
  4. Keeping hydrated

do wonders for your health and your complexion!

With a great complexion, you will have the perfect blank canvas and applying makeup becomes easier.

Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Is it too much makeup?

Maybe it’s too little makeup?

It really is up to you and what YOU feel comfortable with!

Whether you go glam to a party or go a bit more natural at work, go with your gut feeling. If you feel great, that’s all that really matters!

Practice Makes Perfect

We aren’t all pros right from the get-go.

When it comes to makeup looks, there are a ton of resources out there that help you discover new looks to try and new methods of applying makeup.

Check out YouTube and blogs to see what others are doing to get an idea of what looks you would like to try and then practice, practice, practice!

A perfect winged eyeliner look doesn’t happen overnight – trust me, I know!

Your Hair Needs Protection Too

As a teen, I started using heat styling products. My hair dryer, curling iron, and flat iron were my friends. But then I started noticing that I was getting split ends and my hair was dryer. What did I learn?

Use a hair protectant!

They protect your hair from the extreme heat of these styling tools. Some are even multi-purpose and keep frizz at bay among other things.

Since I started using a heat protectant, I noticed that my hair is a lot healthier – t really does make a difference!

There are a ton of tips and tricks out there but these are the ones I really took to heart. What is the best tip you have received?

Thank you, Jaclyn, for the opportunity to participate as a guest blogger!


Olivia blogs about beauty and lifestyle over at

You can also find her posting like a mad woman on Instagram and  Twitter