For those of you who are in that most delicate time of life when either your clothes are too tight or too loose, your hair is never right, everything seems to just plain suck, and overall you have become a most singular creature, there is still hope for happiness. Here is how-to guide from someone who has “been there” and survived.
Remember when ugliness was irrelevant? No? Neither do I. The greatest beauty tip I can give you is to invest in a $10 eyebrow wax. For all of those uni-browed people amongst us, an eyebrow wax will change your life. When fixed correctly, the eyebrows can completely transform the face. You can have one done at any nail salon or by your hairdresser. Be brave. If you have glasses, get contacts ASAP. If you are like me, you will wonder why you waited so long.
As far as makeup, keep it simple. Light blue eye shadow and red lipstick together are only for hookers and drag queens. For goodness sake, easy on the eyeliner. You don’t need it. Get a compact powder for all those wonderful blemishes, and make sure the power matches the color of your skin. For eyes, use mascara and keep your eye shadow colors tame, and most important, make sure the colors blend together. Smile right now for me (I know it is hard at this age). See where your cheeks look nice and round? That’s where the blush goes. These are the apples of your cheeks. Blush should match the color your cheeks become when you are around boys.
One last beauty tip — if you are bored with your hair, don’t bleach it blond. There are many more options. Consult with your hairdresser.
There was time when going to the mall was a most painful experience for me. The dressing rooms always made me cry, and I left feeling hollow inside. Clothes and shoes are the good part of life. Enjoy them. The Juniors section can be a dangerous place with hideous trends and ill-fitting clothing. I would be very cautious in it. Sometimes The Gap is boring, but the clothes are usually always safe in terms of style. Most importantly, wear clothes that fit you. Don’t sweat the size, you will look better and feel more comfortable if you wear clothes that fit. Get the size you are, not the one you want to be.
Join clubs. Leave your room. Meet people. Go to the school dances. If you don’t like to dance, you can at least watch and make fun of people. Do things that interest you. If people scare you, remember we are all going to die anyway, so who cares? The more people you know, the more comfortable you will feel at school.
If you are lacking in the friend department, I have some very sound advice. Make friends with the church people. The God Squad will take anyone. If you aren’t religious, they will probably like you more.
As for boys, forget about them for a while. The nice ones will find you.
That is my short guide to the awkward years. Remember it doesn’t last forever. You will eventually grow into yourself. The daily pains you struggle will only make you a more interesting, open-minded, diverse adult. Good luck!