See How My Beauty Look Has Evolved Since High School, by Lindsay Ellingson

Everyone makes a beauty mistake or two at some point in their lives. For me, most of them were accomplished in middle school and high school. I was a shy, awkward teenager, and I followed all of the beauty trends from the late ’90s, including butterfly clips and thin brows. I didn't know any better... until, that is, the day I started modeling.

It was a rude awakening to realize that everything about my skin, hair, and makeup routines were not up to par. Thankfully, I’ve evolved over the years. Modeling and working with the best makeup artists and hairstylists all over the world for 11 years has been the best beauty school one could have.

Scroll through to see some of the transformations I’ve made and hear the best beauty lessons I've learned, as well as some embarrassing high school throwbacks! Enjoy!

The Makeup Basics

I used to wear a lot of blush. I was a competitive dancer for eight years, so we did have to wear stage makeup—which we applied ourselves without any lessons—and yes, that was way too much blush! On school days, I toned it down with my favorite drugstore mascara and lip balm.

When I started modeling in 2004, I quickly learned that correct makeup application is everything! Backstage at my first fashion show for Christian Dior, makeup artist Pat McGrath kept the look minimal and fresh with beautiful dewy skin. The models looked so doll-like.

Makeup is a great tool—when applied correctly—to instantly hide flaws and accentuate your features. These days, my go-to is the “no-makeup” makeup look. Beautifully groomed brows, moisturized skin, concealer where you need, mascara, and a natural flush to the apples of my cheeks using Wander Beauty’s On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42), a product I developed to give women that post-vacation glow all year long.