Beauty Guru: A Letter of Beauty Advice to My 16-Year-Old Self

Wish you could tell your younger self some things that could've saved yourself some embarrassment? That's what this month's beauty guru assignment is about. We are to write a letter to our 16 year old selves with some much needed beauty advice. This was a lot of fun and wish I could send it back to late 90's!

Dear 16-year old me,

Before I start, let me just say I totally get you. You don't want to spend hours in the bathroom. If you do anything too crazy with your hair like dye it blond or cut it like your homegirl, your mom would go nuts. Trust me, I get it. But that doesn't mean you still can't have fun and be a little girly when you want to be. There also are some things you should start (and stop!) doing that will save you some heartache in the future (that highlighting job in your late-20s was horrible!)

Mom is right. Stop frying your hair.

I know you want it all super straight and shiny like all those other girls in school. Mom won't let you relax it so you think the next best thing is to keep slathering on hair grease and flat ironing your hair two to three times a day. Please stop! You're doing so much damage to that gorgeous hair! As the years go on, it's going to continue breaking and never get to the shoulder-length you have now. It's going to take you three years of intense work to get this hair back so save yourself the trouble. Stop! Put the curling iron away. Like right now!

Don't take your skin for granted.

You are one of the lucky ones. You never had to experience teenage acne or have horrible breakouts. It's amazing that it stays clear when you don't even use a cleanser. But it won't stay that way. All that partying you're going to do in college, becoming obsessed with beauty in your late 20s, and the baby you're going to have in your early 30s is going to change the whole skincare game so you might as well get a good start on it now. A gentle cleanser and moisturizer is all you need to get started. Trust me, your skin will love you for it!

Everything is not for everyone.

Advertisers are good at selling any and everything to girls your age, promising you'll look like the photoshopped model in the commercials. Just know that not every beauty product out there will work for you. Know what your beauty needs are first, have fun experimenting with different colors and hair products. You may be disappointed sometimes but when you find something that works, it's all worth it! The goal is to bring out the beauty that's already there, not to be like someone else.

What do you wish you could tell your 16 year old self?

MJ is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty and Guru, a beauty/fashion blogger for Fierce, a freelance writer, and a stay-at-home mom.