(I thought it would be fun to re-do my make-up like 15 year old me)
Hello, teenage Alice,
it’s adult Alice here and I thought as I’m fast approaching the age of Twenty-Five it was about time I sat down and wrote you a little letter as we have a few things we need to talk about.
First of all, all these weird ‘funny turns’ you’re currently experiencing? These are normal, and you’re not alone in experiencing them. You know how whenever you get close to somebody or meet somebody new and you have to explain to them you can sometimes go a little weird? You are going to get to a point in your life when that isn’t even a thought that crosses your mind anymore. It isn’t going to stop you doing things, taking chances, going on dates and generally experiencing things. This is just something you’re going to have to go through. As you get older you’re going to learn how to cope with them and eventually they are barely going to cross your mind. I know its hard to believe right now but you will get over them. You just need to believe in yourself more, you can do it. You might feel a little uncomfortable at first, but I guarantee you won’t die.
Now the ‘heavy’ stuff is out of the way I’ve a few important things I need to address here. You are Emo, you can deny it as much as you want but your brother is right, you are an Emo kid and that’s okay! Believe it or not, ten years down the line you aren’t going to be much different, your make up may look different and your wardrobe will be a little more feminine, but deep down Panic! at The Disco will always be your number one love.
Now we have established you are in fact a fully fledged Emo Kid, its time to talk about the make up situation. Dream matte mousse is not a good foundation choice, especially when you pile it on with a shovel and smear it over your lips. If you’re so set on creating a ‘flawless’ base, please add some colour to your face with a touch of blusher or bronzer to help make yourself look alive.
Liquid eyeliner is always going to be your go-to makeup item, however liquid eyeliner it not supposed to be three inches thick. Smokey eye make up is a good look, providing you do it correctly and you know what blending is. This solid black eyelid thing you’re currently doing does not work, you look like a skunk. There’s also the fact that you never ever do anything with your eyebrows, bold eye makeup needs eyebrows to balance it out. Especially given the fact your hair and skin are both so pale.
Now it’s not just your make up that is the issue here, your hair is backcombed within an inch of its life and it resembles a birds nest at times, that’s not how you do volume. You straighten your hair regularly with no attempt at using a heat protector, even when it’s still damp sometimes as you enjoy the sizzling noise it makes. This is not how you should treat your hair, you’re killing it.
Asides from your questionable hair and make up choices you’re doing pretty well. Yeah, you’re going to struggle over the next few years, you’re going to lose friends and make new ones. You’ll experience love and experience heartbreak. But I can assure you 10 years down the line you are going to be the happiest you’ve been in a long time. Your mental health has improved insane amounts, you have a job you love, friends who mean the world to you and you live in a cute little flat with the love of your life. Things may have to get hard before they get better, but I promise you this they’re worth the fight.
Alice (Aged 24 and 3/4)