Beauty Beat: The Best Beauty Advice I Ever Received

Monday, January 11, 2010



I am excited to introduce the first Beauty Beat post by our new Beauty Editor, Tamara. She will be contributing beauty reviews, tutorials and other goodies to the blog. Please join me in welcoming her to Dream Sequins! I would love to hear your feedback about this blog post, as well as suggestions for future Beauty Beat posts. What would you like to see?

The Best Beauty Advice I Ever Received
by Tamara


Photo courtesy of our new Beauty Editor, who was born to be a star!

My mother is the oldest of four kids, and at 24, she found herself working full-time and raising a 3 year-old daughter on her own. After Mom's divorce, we moved in with my grandparents in a very cramped apartment in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition to my grandparents, my 21-year old aunt, and 18- and 12-year old uncles lived with us. As a flight attendant for a local airline, my aunt traveled to New York just about every week. My aunt was a huge makeup lover, and that’s how my own affair with makeup began.

One day, my aunt unpacked a baby blue plastic box with the word "Bloomingdales" written in gold letters. (Back then, Bloomingdales used to do huge makeup kit palettes under their private label.) When I saw this box for the first time, I thought it was the most wonderful thing: a rainbow of eyeshadows, blushes, eye liners, lip liners, lipsticks, little brushes, and a mirror. I was enamored with it and wanted to grow up so fast so that I could put all that on my face and be just like my aunt.


I was sneaky, so I didn't have to wait until I grew up to play with it. I managed to find the baby blue box and painted my face with it while my aunt was working. It didn't take very long until she noticed huge dents in the pans. I was scolded and the Bloomingdales makeup palette was placed under lock and key.

With my aunt’s travels, Vogue and Cosmo came back with her. I fell in love with the pictures, outfits and how beautiful women in these magazines looked. I couldn't wait to grow up and look just like them. At the time, no one fascinated me more than Brooke Shields did in her Calvin Klein ads. I was convinced I was going to look just like her when I grew up. Why? Because my dad used to tell me that I had gorgeous thick eyebrows just like Brooke Shields! My dad wouldn't lie to me.


It didn't take long to realize that none of that was true, and that while my dad had the best intentions, looking like Brooke Shields was never going to happen. Insecurities replaced dreams, which achieved gigantic proportion as I navigated through my awkward tweens and early teens. The icing on the cake of insecurities? Ecuadorean men's obsession with fair skinned, blonde, blue-eyed women. I wasn't one of them, and I felt hopeless. In spite of this, my love for makeup and the pursuit of beauty were as strong as the very first day I opened my aunt's Bloomingdales palette.

I devoured Seventeen, Vogue and Cosmo. However, I slowly started to discover an angle of beauty I hadn't considered: my own. I focused my energy on trying makeup products and techniques that work for me. I started to obsess less about looking like some movie star, and focus more on what works best for my round-as-the-moon face. I learned to love the thickness of my brows. I realized having high cheek bones was a good thing, and that having brown eyes wasn't that bad, because brown is neutral and can take on just about any eyeshadow. I realized that having black hair was as beautiful as blonde hair and finally began loving me for me.


I love recreating celebrity makeup looks - hey, who doesn't dream of having Penelope Cruz's eyes? But at the end of the day, none of this matters. The best beauty advice I ever received didn't come from magazines, or from anyone else for that matter. It came from the realization that I cannot look like anyone else but me. Being confident in myself is the best beauty tool in my kit.

P.S. Oh yeah, and my Texan husband loves his brunette. WOOT!

Tamara is our new Beauty Editor and writes about beauty and style on her blog, Brunette and Pink.

30 comments:

Jen said...

this is such a great article! confidence really is the best thing you can have in your beauty tool kit :)

InnyVinny said...

This is such a great post, and you are absolutely right. A love of self and confidence are the best things to have.

Manju said...

so so true! this is such a great post!
welcome aboard :)

Natalie said...

love this post, and i especially love brooke shields for calvin :)

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AudreyAllure said...

great post, thanks for sharing :)

StuddedLilly said...

great post! i think makeups one of the most fascinating thing for little girls haha

xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Welcome and what a great post!

Confidence, love, and acceptance are truly key to one's beauty!

tor (fabfrocks) said...

Fab article! Really looking forward to reading your beauty tips! :)

Denise @ Swelle said...

How lovely. I had the same issues growing up when the All-American cheerleader blue/blonde was the only look that mattered - in Canada, too! It's wonderful you discovered how amazing you are all on your own. ♥

La Belette Rouge said...

Fantastic post and great advice. I remember back in the day that Borghese used to sell huge eyeshadow kits at Christmas. I remember trying to get my eyes to look like Brooke's. The only problem was that I have the kind of eyebrows that always look like I just plucked them.

fashion herald said...

A great history of your love life with beauty products!

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous post!
Will go check out her blog post haste!

xoxox,
CC

Sheena said...

Welcome! A wonderful post and I agree that the best beauty advice doesn't come from the magazines. They're inspirational, yes, but the confidence in yourself is worth 1000 times more.

Susan said...

what a great post! self confidence is the most important thing a girl can have.
have a lovely week, xoxo

Chessa! said...

I love this post. I think that we all have those inspirations that started when we were so young and that shaped us. I remember that my mother had those huge makeup palettes too. I remember thinking that they were so amazing bc they looked just like my water color palettes that I painted with but they were for your face. love. And I simply LOVED Brooke Shields. Everyone told me I had brows like hers too! I still wear them rather thick. I met her at the El San Juan Hotel when I was there with my family as a girl and she was so charming. I was so shy...I was barely 9 years old. She sent my sister and me autographs that we got at home a few weeks later...in the photo she had this huge, fabulous 80s hair...I know that picture is somewhere in my parents' basement still...

Taylor Sterling said...

great first post! SO true it's all about finding your inner beauty and being happy with yourself!

bananas. said...

i adore this post! great job tamara and welcome. everything she described, i think we've all been through. it took a long time for me to see that my dark blackish brown eyes can be beautiful too.

also helps that i have a blue eyed boy who tells me i'm beautiful every day. awww.

Phiephie + Minnie said...

This is a beautiful article! Beauty really does come from confidence within. I hope you can check out The Fashion Smoke and follow :)

http://thefashionsmoke.com

JP said...

That was such an AMAZING story. Thank you SO much for sharing it!

Love,
JP
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Hanako66 said...

wonderful story and such a great outlook!

looking forward to reading more from her!

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

Yeap, I'm in love with her. Loved the post.

OceanDreams said...

Wonderful article and self confidence is key, without it beauty would not exist I think!

Dream Sequins said...

Thanks for your wonderful comments! We're very lucky to have Tamara aboard. I'm very excited about reading her future reviews on the blog!! I can definitely relate to Tamara's struggle with blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty standards growing up as a Korean-American in Utah before our family moved to California...

Sher said...

I actually remember Brooke Shields and that there was nothing between her and her Calvins ;) Yep my era lol!

A great post. Attitude is everything :)

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

Great article! I can remember looking at my mother's makeup palettes. What great insight you have, dear!
True beauty lies within, girl, and sadly, not everyone makes this discovery.
Take care!

Kristin said...

Self confidence. That's the name of the game for sure!

Brunette and Pink said...

You guys! I am over the moon and ecstatic with all these wonderful comments. Thank you all for sharing your own stories as well. xoxo, Tamara

Diana said...

When we are younger we are so easily shaped. I love this post. Thanks for sharing, Tamara!

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