Five ways 90s kids were cunningly kikay
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I don’t remember this but my mom would always tell me that when I was very young, one of the easiest ways to shut me up from crying would be to apply lipstick on me. I guess I had the makings of a makeup lover even then! Whether your parents were like mine who indulged your little beauty-loving heart, or were strict and forbade you from wearing cosmetics "until you were older", I'm sure we all found ways to get dolled up without raiding our moms' drawers. Here are some of our favorite childhood beauty hacks to trigger your nostalgia!
Literal candy colors
Before Maybelline Baby Lips, we just had…Lipps. Remember this strawberry-flavored candy? It would leave a bright pink stain so we'd try to suck it as close to our lips as possible, or simply picked it out and apply it (we were kids and didn't know any better). You could get the same effect from sour gumballs like Pintoora and Yakee. They even had a blue-colored one for the more adventurous! If you’re a little more sosyal and loved chocolates, M&Ms might have been your choice of sweets.
Kiddie makeup palettes
If you had the budget and a supportive parent, then you probably started with "palettes" from Barbie or the Disney Princesses. They may be acquired after weeks of pouting and not-so-subtle hints, but when mommy or daddy finally gives in - success! The palettes may not have been very good makeup but these toys were often a ticket to fame and coolness at that age. I recently saw a tutorial for Full Face Using Only Kids' Makeup Challenge by NikkieTutorials, and it made me miss my old palettes!
Stationery nail art
I wasn’t allowed to use any kind of nail polish when I was younger but a kikay girl’s gotta do what a kikay girl’s gotta do. Correction fluids came in little bottles with a brush applicator, and certainly resembled nail polish so on they went to my fingers. I was too young to realize how chic an all-white mani looks, so I'd add some nail art using colored markers and pens!
Powder and cologne overload
Two cosmetic products that we did have access to were baby powder and baby cologne. The talc was usually transferred to a container with a soft puff like I would see in cartoons, so I would pat it all over my face before reapplying cologne for the nth time that day. Some girls also used baby powder to keep oil at bay by dispensing a small amount onto their palms and patting it all over their faces. I use foundation and finishing powder now but I still can't resist an occasional splash of baby cologne!
Cutesy hair styles and ties
Remember those elastic hair bands that you lock in place with balls of all colors and sizes? These were the go-to accessories for my pig tails, and were tightly secured to ensure that it would stay on all day. For more special occasions like picture day, my mom taught me to count on braids and lace ribbons. Almost every other girl in my class would have the same 'do but we didn't complain and loved feeling like a princess for the day!
Do you remember when you first got interested in makeup, and what you did to create a kiddie makeup look? Share us your stories in the comments below!