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Teens: Want to Start Wearing Makeup? Read This First

Teens: Want to Start Wearing Makeup? Read This First

Dear Budget Fashionista,

I’m 14 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. Also, where should I shop for makeup and how much should I spend?

Teen Makeup: Simple is Beautiful

When it comes to makeup, the rule of thumb is to keep things simple. This is especially important when you’re first starting out. Makeup, applied correctly, should enhance your natural beauty — not turn you into a clown.

Here’s where I’m going to get all, “when I was your age” on you. I remember thinking a thick layer of aqua eyeliner below my eye looked all grown-up and cool…and as it turns out, I looked ridiculous. There’s a photo to prove it, which I’ve chosen not to publish here.

8 Makeup Tips for Teens

Perhaps the most impactful thing you can do is focus on keeping your skin clear. Teen skin is acne-prone and foundation can fan those zit flames. The last thing you want is to be dependent on foundation because you can’t stop the breakouts. With that in mind, here is a makeup program to follow that’s just right for your pretty teenage face. You can find everything you need at Target or Walmart.

1. Wash nightly with a gentle cleanser

The first step in any makeup routine is to keep your skin clean and clear. Invest in a gentle cleanser and use it nightly. Cetaphil is a fabulous, all-purpose option that you can buy at Target.

If you have very sensitive skin, you might try a micellar cleanser instead, like Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water. With this type of product, you’ll avoid the tap water rinse that can often be the source of breakouts.

2. Use oil sheets in the morning and throughout the day.

Target’s brand Up&Up sells a pack of 70 oil sheets for $3.59. Use them to dab away excess oil in the morning and throughout the day. Unless you have very oily skin, you shouldn’t need to use your cleanser in the morning if you washed up the night before.

3. Invest in a good SPF moisturizer.

Look for a non-greasy, non-pore-clogging formula with SPF of 30 or more. Also know that the sun protection will be limited if you only apply a tiny bit. Either put on enough to cover your face or keep your moisturizer on hand and reapply throughout the day.

4. Try concealer instead of foundation

Spot-fix blemishes and troublespots with concealer, instead of slathering makeup over your entire face. If you have oily skin, you may like Neutrogena’s SkinClearing Blemish Concealer for $7 at Target.

5. Use mascara on your upper lashes

A coat of mascara on your top lashes will draw attention to your eyes. Skip the mascara on your lower lashes because it’s likely to be all over your face by the end of the day. There’s too much risk and too little reward.

Maybelline Great Lash is a solid, budget-friendly choice for mascara.

6. Have fun with lip gloss

Experiment with lighter shades of lip gloss. Try pinks, nudes and even clear formulas. If you don’t care for the shiny, sticky lip, a more subtle alternative is the tinted lip balm. This will add a dose of moisture along with a hint of color.

7. Use blush, with the help of a friend

You can wear blush to add a glow to your skin. But there’s a very fine line between too little blush and too much blush. Ask an honest friend to be your second set of eyes. When you have it just right, the blush should be barely visible.

8. Get a tutorial on eyeshadow and liner

In truth, you don’t need eyeshadow or eyeliner. But if you’re itching to go there, don’t do it without some instruction first. Head to the beauty counter and ask them to show you how to apply eye makeup. They’ll also make color recommendations based on your skin tone. Write down everything they tell you and then practice at home before you head outside!

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Massie

Saturday 24th of March 2012

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.

KC undercover

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

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

Beatyguru

Sunday 1st of December 2013

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?

Tyra

Monday 16th of January 2012

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

Sunday 20th of November 2011

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:)

Saturday 16th of October 2010

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

Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

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 ST.IVES swiss formula APRICOT FACE WASH... FOR BLEMISH AND BLACKHEAD CONTROL.. 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 has..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 chao

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