Nostalgia Time!- Makeup Products I Used In High School

Napoleon Dynamite 2004

Oh, high school… what can I say?

My high school years spanned from 2003-2007, what a time to be a teenager… we had Myspace, Napoleon Dynamite had just come out, took our digital cameras with us everywhere, uploaded our photos to Photobucket, downloaded our music from Napster and burned mixed CD’s for our besties. We wore airbrushed tips on our acrylic nails, had chunky blonde and red highlights in our hair, and of course – the Juicy Couture tracksuit.

I decided to do a fun post looking back on the past and what makeup products I used back when I was a teenager with no YouTube beauty gurus teaching me how to do my makeup.

Let me tell you, it was a bit difficult trying to find some of these products as they have been discontinued, but I tried my best, dug around a bit, and I think I was able to nail it down pretty well.

So, without further without further ado, here is my every day look back in high school:

Legitimately, so embarrassing.

*CLEARLY,* I had not discovered Crest White Strips yet.

Disclaimer: I never said the quality of digital cameras back in the day took the best photos, but I tried my best to adjust the photos as needed to show the “main look” I wore EVERY SINGLE DAY.

So, here are the products I looked to acheieve this amazing, purple, heavy on the eyeliner, every day look:

Step One: Start off with a blue eyeshadow base

Honestly, I didn’t even know that using a base was an actual makeup trick.

The base I would use was from Avon that my mom bought me for Christmas one year:

I couldn’t find the exact crème eyeshadow from Avon, because from what I remember it was in a tube, this was the closest thing that I could find to what the actual product was this. However, the color in the right photo seems to be more accurate (a powder baby blue) than the color in the left photo. I believe I am right to assume that this product has been discontinued.

Application technique, you ask? Use your damn fingers because you won’t be getting any makeup brushes until your late teen years.

Step two: Apply that eyeshadow

My every day, go to eyeshadow was CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow #570 in the shade Violete Frappe

CoverGirl can you bring this back, please?

Application technique? Use that little black sponge applicator that came with the package.

Yep, this one:


I think at the time, I had one makeup brush, it was an eyeshadow brush that I used for my under eye concealer, so it was crucial to use the applicator in the eyeshadow package.

Step three: Overline your eyes top and bottom:

My eyeliner of choice, for many years, was CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus in black

I remember this eyeliner going on super smooth and loved that it had an “eraser” as well. It had the twist up self sharpener, but if you let the eyeliner get too long, it would break off on your eyelid while trying to apply it, which is, of course, is never pleasant.

Step four: Apply mascara as little as possible without getting close to the lash line

Now, why wouldn’t I use Maybelline Great Lash Mascara?

With much confidence, I think I can say that most of you had this bad boy in your makeup bag or Kaboodle at one point or another.

Step five: Conceal those under eyes

My product of choice was CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Concealer

I believe I first acquired this from my grandmother when she accidentally bought the wrong shade, and it was too light for her complexion. I distinctly remember the accidentally twisting the blue cap too hard putting it back on, and it cracked, at that point I stopped using the doe foot applicator and started using an eyeshadow brush to apply the product to my dark under eye circles.

Step Six: Paint that face

Another CoverGirl product here, CoverGirl Clean Makeup Foundation

NOT my shade.

Foremost- 145 warm beige was definitely not the shade that I was using, I am very fair skinned, so I would have been going with something way lighter than this, however, it was the only picture I could find whilst digging around on the internet, but you get the point. I think that the only reason I used this was because my Mom did as well, and if it’s good enough for Mom, it’s good enough for me.

Application technique? Rub that sh*t in all over your face with your fingers, that’s how. Do you think I had access to some kind of Beauty Blender in the early 2000’s- hell naw.

Step Seven: Powder that face-all day long

CoverGirl CG Smoothers Pressed Powder

I can still smell this.

At this point I’m just going to let you all know, this is not sponsored by CoverGirl and I think, at the time, I may have thought that CoverGirl was the only brand of makeup that existed.

I can literally still smell this to this very day, and I loved the way it smelled for some reason – does CoverGirl Pressed Powder still have that scent to it in present day? Can I get a candle with that scent?

Application technique? You use that powder puff inside until all the oils on your face make it greasy and hardens the powder, by that time you’ll have hit pan, and it’ll be time to by a new compact anyway.

Step eight: Add a peach blush wherever you think it’s supposed to go

My choice of blush was CoverGirl (of course) Cheekers in any peach tone they had at the time, I’m not exactly sure if this was the actual shade I used, but it is close enough

Application technique: Use the brush they gave you, dummy.

That concludes my step into the way, way, back machine to a really sh*tty time in my life-the high school years.

What made it shitty? -Not just this makeup and my lack of knowledge of makeup application, but just the whole experience itself. From not having many friends, not being able to connect with others, to just growing up in general, high school was just not a fun experience for me and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I was never into sports or extracurricular activities, I didn’t have many interests, and to be honest, and fair, I wasn’t really an outgoing person at all. I never went to any football games, and only attended homecoming my freshman year because my older cousin and best friend were seniors. Surprisingly, I DID actually attend prom but with a very small group of girlfriends. If given the opportunity to go back in time to any point in my life, I would never choose my high school years – EVER.

What were you guys like in high school? Did you love your high school years or wish they never happened? Leave me a comment with your experiences, I would love to hear them!

4 thoughts on “Nostalgia Time!- Makeup Products I Used In High School”

  1. I swear the smell of the old Covergirl foundation & powder was Noxema. I loved the scent. I think it was the line that was “oil free” I LOVED that scent and I’ve been looking for it for some time now because I want to do a look with all of the products I started with LOL (including the sad skincare I thought was magical lol). I’ll let you know if I ever find it!

    1. OMG YES PLEASE DO!!! Why is that scent so satisfying?! I wonder if we smelled it now if it would bring back bad memories? Like how if you smell a perfume you used to wear and just memories come flooding back?! 🤣🤣🤣

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