Beauty Advice: Teen MakeUp Tips

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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.

Teen MakeUp Tips

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.

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  • Massie

    Gawd. Who wrote this? For ah-mazing tips, go to the MAC counter, nawt some silly website. Anyways, cheap makeup always leads to brake outs. Take it from a pro. My summertime job was at Be Pretty cosmetics, and I was hired to be assisstant manager to Estee Lauder. So yeah. Listen to me instead.

    • Beatyguru

      It’s a liitle hard to believe you since your grammar usage is a little awkward. Would’nt an estee Lauder assistant better grammar usage? Anyways who are you to tell peolpme what to do maybe 13 yr old girls dont have the privilage to go all the way to a mac store or a way to get there?

    • KC undercover

      I don’t know who you are but this is all I have to say to that. Ain’t no 13 year old girl got time for that

  • Tyra

    I’m almost 14. And I wear a LOT of makeup. I wear foundation, eyeliner (top&bottom), eye shadow and TONS of mascara. I get a lot of compliments on it, probably because I do it pretty well. But I break out a bunch, too. Use Burt Bee’s Willow Bark Face Scrub. It works wonders. If you have acne and use foundation, make sure you wash your face at least twice a day. And use a kabuki brush, it covers your acne pretty good. Use liquid foundation and use a kabuki brush to apply it because it looks airbrushed. Then use loose powder to set it. 🙂

  • Vivian

    Alright , im 13 i’ll soon turn to 14 and i DO wear makeup even im not allowed to
    I use a concealer just to cover up dark circles , maybe a natural colored eyeshadow and bronzer , and i use a very light colored blush to set the concealer
    Well i can say that the products i use are clinique , chanel & dior . But for the bronzer , i use Avon and its the best product that i use! Quite cheap , but seriously , clinique’s eyeshadows sucks . And omg , clinique mascara sucks either! Dior’s concealer’s also not good as flormar’s ( flormar is a drugstore brand in my country ) so yeah , go to cheaper products like maybeline , l’oreal or covergirl .

  • Cabbygirl:)

    Hey gurls! Im thirteen too and that tip about foundation is so true. I started wearing makeup at the begining of eigth grade and my mom told me to wear foundatiion so i did. All it does is make my skin oily. And then i break out more. Word to the wise, no foundation for a while ladies. Also Biore skin products are really AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amafah Azmat

    Hi,i am 13 too n i have pimples right before my periods n i was sick of it….
    with other people with this problem…i advise u to use a facewash called
    it’s main purpose is for acne(written on back of the bottle (at the top))
    but it also helps reduce blackheads…i used it and i had a amazingly visible change in the acne and coz of the salicylic acid it also removes marks of former pimples,and removes blackheads too…(thank god i dun have to use the tweezer to remove the black head 🙂 )
    USE IT IT WORKSSS 😉 🙂 🙂 <3 <3

  • impresser97

    ok…im 13 2. and from my experience, i have been told to wear makeup. i do it mostly to impress the boys. they tell me MASCARA! EYELINER! EYE SHADOW! so i followed them. then one day i woke up b4 school and had a
    SEVERE break out. because my face wasnt used to the makeup, i broke out. but the way i got rid of them is GREAT! its called deep 360 clean by l’oreal. it comes with a silicone scrubber too! its not harsh on your skin and it feels sooo good. now i was my face with it every night. (for me it doubles as a makeup remover) they sell it for sensitive, dry, and oily skin.all i have to say is, i used it, woke up in the morning and my MASSIVE breakout was gone. not VIRTUALLY gone like they say on some commercials, but truely sincerly GONE! so y not give it a shot (:

  • beautification

    for skin…ur biggest concern should be to get rid of/prevent acne. so go to walgreens and find this product “Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque” it is absolutely amazing. not sold in many other drugstores. it is formulated to get rid of your acne and it does u will see immendiate results. also i use it as a spot treatment for those monster pimples that hurt when u touch them.

  • Mar23

    I’ve learned a few things from this recession – (1) the importance of saving (2) the importance of not spending money frivilously on overly priced makeup. After getting to the bottom of each and every makeup product I owned (which mostly came from Sephora) I was forced to find replacements that were less expensive. I don’t have time to brave the crowds at walmart, so I do a lot of online deal hunting. Most of my stuff now comes from Ebay shops or specialty cosmetics stores online. I found a great site called Coono Babe. Their makeup is really inexpensive and really great quality. Of note are their lip glosses and face powders. An added bonus – they offer free shipping on all orders. Check them out!

  • shreeya pokharel

    if you want a natural beauty skin glow you just drink 8 glasses of water a day,sleep for eight hours,smile a lot,eat lots and lots of vegetables avoid meat and also have a fruit daily.apply it for 10 days your skin will start GLOWING.

  • caroline

    ok so if u are looking for a good mascara..just remember this..loreal voluminous mascara DOES NOT WORK!!! it worked the first couple days after i bought it..but now after 2 weeks its all clumpy and disgusting. if your going to buy makeup, u might as well buy the stuff that works, right???

  • em

    the person who says 14 year olds dont need blush, im 13 and everyone i know uses blush in the winter at least and trust me WE DO NEED IT

  • Alexis

    If you really want bang for your buck when it comes to eyelashes, try L’Oreal Voluminous mascara.  It constantly receives top reviews in fashion mags (InStyle, People StyleWatch and Allure are some that have recommended it.)  I like really full, flirty, fake-looking lashes since I don’t tend to wear any other eye makeup, and this makes your lashes so thick you don’t even need eyeliner.  Also, if you’re like me and have stick-straight lashes and not always enough time to fiddle with a curler, try the waterproof Voluminous – the waterproof formula tends to curl back your lashes so they don’t stick out straight.  I have tried every cheap drugstore mascara brand, plus Lancome, MAC, Chanel, Dior, Clinique, and a few others.  Bah.  This is the ONLY mascara I will use for the rest of my life!  $7.99 at Wal-Mart – w00t!  😉

  • Lys

    I’d recommend the Cover Girl LashExact or VolumeExact mascaras, actually. Still reasonable drugstore prices, but they’re very, very foolproof because the brush doesn’t dispense too much or clump. Very natural look with more pop to your eyes, which I think is great for teen makeup.

  • Marcie

    Just in case you care what boys think of your makeup, a tale from long ago: There was this girl in my middle school who wore a TON of makeup and sprayed the front of her hair into a stegosaurus plate (this was the 80s.) She switched schools for high school, but came back one day to visit her friends. I asked a guy I knew, “So did you see Lara?”

    “Yeah,” he said. “She doesn’t wear all that makeup anymore.”

    He paused.

    “She looks really, really good now.”

  • manasvi

    I preferred the maybelline full n soft mascara

  • cathy

    I LOVE Maybelline Great Lash! I have tried tons of expensive mascaras (like Bare Escentuals, MAC, Clinique) and I always come back to Maybelline.

  • manasvi

    I like New York Color’s collection for lipgloss especially the fruity clear ones. I suggest that the 14 yr old girl not wear blush as most 14 yr olds don’t need it especially if they are getting their green veggies. A few good cleansers that I like are Cetaphil, Purpose and Spectro Jel. Cheap and gentle.

    If you get pimples, try garlic, weird but it works.

  • Samantha

    Wish I had recieved tips like these in my highschool days.. haha. Some of them may even apply to me now!