Dear Budget Fashionista,
I’m a fourteen year old girl and I don’t normally wear makeup, but I want to start. I’m wondering what I should buy and what I don’t really need, as well as where I should get them and how much I should spend.
Answer: The rule of thumb when it comes to make-up is KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid. The purpose of make-up is to enhance your natural beauty, not to transform you into a clown. As a teen, you want to focus on maintaining clear clean skin rather than piling on tons of make up which can lead to the dreaded breakout. Most of the product you will need to accomplish this goal may be found at your local Drugstore or Target/Wal-Mart.
What you need
1. Gentle facial cleanser. The first step in any make up routine is to have good skin and that comes from keeping it clean. Look for a gentle, cleanser from company like Neutrogena, Dove, Oil of Olay, Aveeno for less than $10.
2. Good moisturizer. “non-comedogenic” (not cause whiteheads or blackheads) or “non-acnegenic” (shouldn’t cause acne) moisturizer with an spf of at least 15. Try brands like Neutrogena, Oil of Olay for Sensitive skin- all of which cost under $10.
3. A collection of Lipglosses. Bonnie bell and Covergirl is good and cost around $4 to $5 per lip gloss.
4. Mascara. Maybelline Great Lash is used by most of the major celebrity make-up artists.
5. Blush. Use blush to add a rosy glow to your skin. Wet ‘n” Wild has a great creme blush and so does Revlon. Use just enough to give your face a rosy glow. Don’t pay more than $10 for a blush
6. Concealer. Dab just enough to cover your blemishes. Again L’Oreal and Revlon both make great concealers for under $10.
7. Oil Sheets. These are great for the summer or otherwise sticky times. These sheets absorb the oil from your skin. Try Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.
You might also want to experiment with eyeliners, eyeshadows, etc from more budget friendly make up lines like Jane, Wet ‘n’ Wild, etc.
What You Don’t Need
1. Expensive moisturizers, eye creams, anti-aging serums, harsh facial scrubs (unless prescribed by a doctor)
2. Foundation- Let your skin mature a bit. Using foundation too early can clog pores and lead to acne
3. Expensive eyeliners, mascaras, and lipsticks.
4. Eye shadows- I say this because most teens (and frankly most adults) have no clue how to put this on correctly. Wait until you’ve experimented a bit with makeup, then go to a beauty counter and have them show you how create a “clean” eye.
5. Heavy eyeliner. Keep it simple on the eyes.