Smita DeSouza, Beauty Editor
While I was diligently cleansing (though not double-cleansing, sadly), moisturising and even using sunscreen, I clearly wasn’t exfoliating as much as I should have and I was definitely over-tweezing my brows. I wish someone had told me to stop because now my brows are patchy and I have to spend precious time I could have used sleeping to fill them in.
Sophie Hong, Associate Editor
Seventeen-year-old Sophie didn't know how to use makeup, and thought she was too much of a tomboy to do anything to make herself look “pretty”. I wish I'd known back then that I shouldn't put myself in a box, and makeup shouldn't stress me out because playing with it is supposed to be fun. And I didn't think my acne was bad when I was a teenager, but I cringe looking at these photos now. Twenty-seven-year-old Sophie wants to go back in time to teach this girl how to take care of her oily skin!
Adora Wong, Senior Features Writer
I knew I was supposed to apply sunscreen but just couldn’t be arsed to do it. It was a costly mistake and pigmentation became a problem a couple of years later. I now slap on sun cream religiously. In fact, on a recent holiday, my shoulders were burnt but my face was fine. Guess I should pay more attention to the skin on the rest of my body this year.
Debby Kwong, Associate Fashion Editor
I’m glad I embraced what I have, so goodbye to over-plucked arched brows! When I was 21, I definitely didn’t put on sunscreen (hence the tan!). And I know lip gloss is making a comeback, but that’s something I won’t do again—I prefer matte lipstick now.
Leong Li Yuan, Senior Designer
I started wearing makeup at 16 and was particularly partial to eyeliner and false lashes. Sadly, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about the cleansing part of things. I didn’t double-cleanse nor did I use makeup remover to remove the eyeliner—I just hoped the cleanser would do the job. Now that I know better, I use makeup remover and double-cleanse. You can’t see because of my fringe, but I was also over-plucking my brows at the time.
Hidayah Idris, Associate Digital Editor
I wish I had known that if I continued plucking my brows within a millimetre of their existence, I would never get my natural shape again. Now I have to fill my brows in with eyebrow pencil, else I'd look like I'm still stuck on the 90s. My other mistake? Removing all traces of oil from my skin. I had the misconception that oil was bad for my skin, so I stripped off the natural oils and opted for oil-free products. Naturally, my skin started to produce more oil to compensate for the loss and the result... pimples. Never again.