Teens and Makeup

7 Dec

Oh the teen yearsIf anyone absolutely loved their skin, their hair and their makeup during this phase in their life…raise your hand.

Well, that’s what I thought…

For me it was a time of trial runs, multiple trips to the makeup counters and aisles, experimenting with the craziest of colors and most outrageous looks.  I went through, what I like to call, “Makeup Mishaps”.  I’d wear a different shade of lipstick every day for a month, then I’d move onto eye liner.  The cat-eye for another month or so.  Then I’d try out a flushed cheek, bronzed cheek, sculpted cheek.  Throughout my experimenting there was always the skin care battle.  One day my skin was oily, the next it was dry and chapped.  What was happening to me?  Ultimately, figuring out the perfect skin care method made for a fresher, happier makeup face.

For all you teens and Moms with teens, I am here to tell you there is hope.  There are two giant steps that can put a teen girl on the road to makeup haven.

1.  See a dermatologist.  Get on a skin care regiment that really works well for you.  This may take time, so patience is key here.  But it will be worth it once you do find something that fits you perfectly.

2.  Learn about makeup.  I would read magazines and books on makeup all the time.  I would also observe others.  It helped me to understand what was appropriate for my age and what wasn’t…what colors I should wear and how to apply makeup.  What was okay to wear to school and to formal dances.  It took practice, but some simple ideas and tricks are sometimes all you need to feel good about yourself.  Building a foundation in a sense, (no pun intended) when you’re young will help you understand how to apply makeup as you go through life.

I could go on and on about makeup appropriate for your teen years.  Much depends on skin tone, skin type etc.  The below are just some basic guidelines to get you started.  And always always remember to have fun with your makeup.  Because that’s what it’s all about!

Foundation

You have a couple options here, depending on what issues you may have with your skin.  You can go with mineral powder, which can give you a lighter coverage, or you can go with a lightweight liquid foundation.  You can also skip the foundation altogether and use a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly, to simply cover up blemishes only.  If you choose to use concealer only, you can use a light dusting of powder over your entire face which will set the concealer, even out your skin and it will also help to control any oily areas.

Eye Concealer

Under eye concealer is a great way to open up your entire eye and make you look more awake.  Be wary of this though, because you want to get the right color, otherwise you will end up with raccoon eyes.  Many women of all ages can make this mistake, so it’s important to consult someone on your foundation and concealer shades and be sure you check the color in natural lighting as well.

Eye Makeup

In general, you always want to keep your makeup products and tools very clean.  Especially in the eye area you may experience more irritation.  There are plenty of sites on the internet that give you guidelines on how to keep your makeup sanitary, and I’m sure a post on my blog will pop up about this topic at some point.  With your eyes, I’d suggest having a couple practical hues, such as a shimmery pearl and a darker color for your crease.  Another set of shades you may want to look into is something in the metallic realm or something with a little sparkle.  If you get sparkly eye shadows, go with the pricier versions and wear an eye shadow primer underneath.  This will ensure the glitter will not budge from your lid into your eye or all over your face.

For Mascara, a chocolate brown works best if your lashes are light.  It looks a lot more natural.  Black is great for naturally darker lashes.  If you play sports and/or are outside for activities in warmer weather, a waterproof version is your best bet.  Keep in mind, your facial wash may not remove a waterproof mascara, so you might have to also invest in eye makeup remover.  These same exact rules apply to eye liner.

Blush

A liquid blush and cream version are popular and come in some fun colors, although they can be very tricky to apply.  If you are first learning about makeup it may be easier to try a powder and apply lightly to the apples of your cheeks.  The ‘apples’ are shown when you smile….your cheeks will stick out and that is where you dust on your blush.  Keep in mind its important to shake off your brushes after dipping in color and before applying to your face.  This will help you to control the color amount and avoid a ‘clown-face’.

Lips

I am a huge fan of lip gloss.  It’s easy to throw on without a mirror and pretty much mistake-proof.  With all their colors and flavors, there are so many options for you to choose from.  The safest colors to go with are peach and pink tones.  If you’d like more color for a formal event, I’d suggest a lipstick in a sheer tint.  A good lip balm that contains SPF is always something great to have on hand when your lips are chapped.

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